BA in Applied Studies, Leadership

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Studies, Leadership

While traditional degree programs focus on a single academic area, the applied studies degree is trans-disciplinary in nature, providing a well-rounded learning experience. Core curriculum helps develop students’ communication skills and personal ethics while they learn to understand diversity and its cultural impacts in today’s complex world. This unique pathway can be specifically tailored to the career needs of police officers, EMS workers, firefighters, and other action-oriented professionals looking for growth and development opportunities. The leadership concentration in particular can help individuals further impact their communities by creating positive and sustainable change through portraying exemplary leadership standards.

Brandman University is highly regarded for its leadership programs and the applied studies leadership concentration allows students to build critical leadership competencies that are relevant to a variety of different industries. They will learn to develop advanced public speaking skills and establish principles for ethical leadership by analyzing key literary pieces. Team building is an important aspect of leadership in that teams often offer a more cooperative and collective philosophy that helps outperform individual efforts and yield new skills for employees.

What Jobs Can I Get with My Degree?

Leaders inspire and mobilize groups and the individuals within them to help advance organizational objectives. This important talent can be translated to a variety of different industries and trades. Many of Brandman’s applied studies leadership students may come from the field of criminal justice which has a variety of different advancement opportunities for those who attain bachelor’s degrees. For example, police officers may advance through the ranks to become detectives and criminal investigators to help solve crimes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, continued interest for public safety will lead to new openings for officers [1].

There are many alternative career pathways for those who are inspired to switch industries or return to an original passion of theirs. For example, businesses require strong leaders to help guide internal departments and divisions to perform at optimal levels that help achieve organizational goals.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupational outlook for these individuals is positive with opportunities expected to grow 11% from 2012 through 2022 [2]. For EMS professionals this could include training new team members on critical competencies that help save lives and for firefighters this may allow them to become instructors within their fire academies and help new fire candidates learn vital safety procedures.

Attaining a bachelor’s degree can help graduates gain a competitive advantage over their peers in hiring and promotional opportunities. No matter the pathway, Brandman University is here to ensure that every professional has the education needed to succeed in his or her career.

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 Leadership (21 credits):

COMU 301 Advanced Public Speaking  3
ENGU 350 Project Management and Supply Chain Leadership 3
OLCU 414 Team Building 3
OLCU 425  Leadership in Diverse and Multicultural Organizations 3
PSYU 481 Organizational Psychology 3
OLCU 300 Organizational Behavior OR  
OLCU 303 Organizational Development and Change 3

Select one upper division course (three credits) from Communication, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, and/or Organizational Leadership

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