BA in Applied Studies
The Individualized concentration is designed for BA in Applied Studies students looking to combine courses from various disciplines for a broader approach to the major. Students will develop advanced skills in written and oral communication forms, organizational development, as well as being trained in conflict management and the principles of marketing.
This degree is ideal for students interested in professions in management, communication and research and analysis.
The BA in Applied Studies with Individualized concentration comprises 120 credit hours. Courses in the Business Communication concentration are offered in accelerated, 8-week sessions. All courses are offered in the traditional (in-person) format with several courses available online.
I. Applied Studies Major: 24 credit hours
- COMM 175: Introduction to Communication
- CPST 310: Accounting Principles and Application
- CPST 247: Computer Concepts and Applications
- ECON 201 (or 202): Introduction to Microeconomics (or Macroeconomics)
- STAT 103: Statistics
Writing Skills (choose one):
- CPST 315: Technical Writing
- ENGL 185: Creative Writing
- ENGL 310: Advanced Writing
Communication Skills (choose one):
- COMM 101: Public Speaking and Critical Thinking (meets IGEC requirement)
- COMM 200: Communication and New Media
- COMM 215: Ethics & Communication
- COMM 231: Conflict Management and Communication
- COMM 237: Small Group Communication
- COMM 277: Organizational Communication
Theoretical Skills (choose one):
- CPST 340: Marketing Concepts and Strategies
- CPST 360: Development and Change in Organization
- CPST 370: Leadership Theories and Application
II. Capstone: 3 credit hours
CPST 397 Capstone Course
III. SCPS Common Curriculum: 6 credit hours
- CPST 200: Introduction to Degree Completion
- CPST 201: Professional Identity and Development
III. Individualized Concentration
Students create a concentration by combining courses from a variety of disciplines, using transfer and Loyola courses. The individualized option is ideal for students with interests in divergent fields. To learn more, see your advisor.
IV. University Core Requirements
What are employers looking for? Employers say they are looking for a demonstrated capacity in these areas:
- think critically
- communicate clearly
- solve complex problems
- ethical judgment and integrity
- intercultural skills
- the capacity for continued new learning
- written and oral communication
- applied knowledge in real-world settings
- broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences
In the University Core you will further develop your skills. Learn more about University Core Requirements.
A total of 120 credits are required for the degree at Loyola University Chicago. Sources of the remaining credits can include courses offered in the SCPS 8-week session schedule or the 16-week semester schedule. Transfer credits (not already used in the major, concentration, or University Core), Prior Learning Assessment, CLEP, DSST, or ACE-evaluated credits (such as your military transcript) can all used to fulfill the remaining elective credit requirements that get you to 120 credits, subject to residency and other requirements.