The B.A. in Applied Studies comprises 120 credit hours. Courses are offered in an 8 week session format with online, evening, and Saturday morning options.

Major Courses (27 credit hours)

CPST 250 Foundations of Organizations
CPST 243 Microeconomics or CPST 245 Macroeconomics
COMM 175 Introduction to Communication
CPST 310 Accounting Principles and Application
CPST 247 Computer Concepts and Applications
STAT 103 Statistics
CPST 315 Technical Writing

Communication Skills, Choose One:
COMM 101 Public Speaking and Critical Thinking
CPST 322 Strategic Communication Tools
200-level (or higher) Communications course

Choose One:
CPST 370 Theories of Leadership
CPST 360 Development and Change in Organizations
CPST 340 Principles of Marketing
CPST 320 Program Evaluation

Certificate Requirement

Students are required to complete at a minimum, 18 credit hours of certificate coursework with their BA. Advisors will work with students to determine the best certificate to meet their professional goals.

SCPS Courses (9 credit hours)

CPST 200 Introduction to Degree Completion
CPST 201 Civic Identity and Development
CPST 397 Capstone
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Core Requirements

The number of hours remaining toward Core requirements can vary due to transfer credit. Learn More

Mission Specific Requirements

Mission specific requirements can vary from 0 to 15 credit hours based on your prior credit. Learn More

General Elective Requirements

Students may have some general elective coursework to complete if their transfer credit and remaining required hours (Core, mission specific, major, etc.) do not total 120. Learn More

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions are available on LOCUS

Select the “Search for Classes” link found below the sign-in area. Choose “Browse the Course Catalog” link to search for a course and view the description.

Course Rotation Schedules

Please use the course rotation schedules below as a guide to plan out when you will take future classes. We will make every attempt to adhere to this schedule but please understand that scheduling is subject to change.

Course Rotation Schedule - Majors

Course Rotation Schedule - Certificates

Course Rotation Schedule - School Requirements

Course Rotation Schedule - Core

Course Rotation Schedule - Graduate Programs

Program Outcomes

The B.A. in Applied Studies degree provides a strong foundation in communication and business. The required certificate allows each student to focus on a complimentary discipline preparing them to excel in the professional world. SCPS understands that adult students often wish to take a wide range of courses to meet their professional and personal interests, so we have designed this degree to enhance your current career or establish a new one.

Students in this program will be able to:

  • Identify basic communication theories and apply them to personal and professional settings
  • Improve quality and effectiveness of business writing and practice collaborative production of documents
  • Communicate effectively, work productively with others, and successfully advocate, influence, and move an agenda forward within an organization
  • Describe the basic components of an organization’s control structure, the role of accounting in an organization, and the role of the financial statement analysis in an organization’s performance
  • Analyze the relationship between organizational theory and design, differentiating between structure and culture
  • Leverage an organization’s power structure to promote change and performance
  • Identify how people lead, assess personal leadership skills, and perform as the leader of a group where disagreement and conflict are present