BA in Applied Studies, Applied Humanities

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Studies, Applied Humanities

Brandman University’s applied studies degree is designed to accommodate students that have variations of experiences and training. Its flexibility allows students to tailor their learning outcomes to align with the knowledge and abilities that they have already acquired in work, educational, military, and community environments. The applied studies degree completion program offers a trans-disciplinary learning experience, providing students with a wide range of competencies that are critical to growth and development in a variety of occupations. The academic experience includes a set of core foundation courses that cover areas such as intercultural communication, media ethics, and professional writing. 

Brandman University’s applied humanities concentration within the applied studies degree program introduces students to modern day principles and builds core competencies for the future. Program curriculum delves into ethical leadership, art, media, technology and culture while threading innovation throughout course objectives. Students will learn to address the merging of and differences between print with electronic media, which is increasingly important to communication in the digital age. They will learn to create, shape, and adapt stories for various media, examine the social impact of digital technologies, and analyze the ways in which they transform our experience of time, space, privacy, and social engagement. 

What Jobs Can I Get with my Degree?

Brandman University’s applied studies degree is particularly suited for those working in law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire authority, and other professional industries where hands on learning is critical. It allows them to leverage the experience they have already gained and complete their degrees for professional advancement. However, even beyond these trades, the humanities degree can be applied to a wide variety of jobs and industries. For example, with a good portion of the learning outcomes dedicated to modern technologies and communications, graduates may consider working with digital or traditional media. The Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests many different occupations in this field including becoming announcers, broadcast engineers, editors, photographers, public relations specialists, technical writers, and more [1]. They may also consider finding careers in digital marketing if they found particular interest in the modern media aspect of the curriculum by becoming social media specialists or analysts.

Some may even consider continuing their education by pursing graduate degrees. For example those in law enforcement may want to pursue their master’s in public administration to help further legislative actions related to social causes they have seen. The opportunities for applied humanities graduates are nearly endless which is why Brandman University offers so many options for its students to succeed.

 Brandman University is dedicated to working professionals and offers flexible options for students to complete their degrees on their schedules. In addition to applied humanities, the degree also offers concentrations in applied communications and leadership.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  • 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent
  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA

Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

Active Military?

Admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts. If additional coursework from other institutions is submitted prior to admission this coursework will also be included in determining admissibility and transferability for course credit.

Foundation courses (15 credits):

COMU 315 Intercultural Communication 3
COMU 375 Media Ethics 3
ENGU 380 Professional Writing 3
LBSU 306 Transition to Applied Studies 3
LBSU 487 Applied Studies Capstone 3

Emphasis Area in Applied Humanities (21 credits):

ENGU 348 Writing and Producing for New Media in the 21st Century 3
ENGU 350 Modern Middle Eastern History OR  3
HISU 319 Modern European History 3
HISU 330 America and its Revolution: Bonfires of Change 3
HUMU 250 Humanities in the Digital Culture  3
HUMU 345 Art, Media, Technology, and Culture 3

Select one upper division course (three credits) from Humanities, English, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, or History

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