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Bachelor of Arts, Applied Studies

This program leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Building on the strength of NNU’s general education core curriculum, and course work from an applied area, Applied Studies provides students with the content, methodology, and implications of the basic areas of human knowledge; it fosters the attitude of intellectual curiosity harnessed by moral responsibility; and finally, it encourages students to think for themselves, and to be able to participate in life as autonomous individuals. The program is administered by the Director of the Center for Academic Success and Advising.

The learning outcomes for Applied Studies graduates prepare the student to:

  1. Utilize critical thinking that exhibits academic and intellectual inquiry by understanding the means of acquiring and assessing information from multiple sources and through diverse ways of knowing. (Truth)
  2. Adapt knowledge and skills connecting critical thinking, vocation, service and academic disciplines to evaluate real world problems. (Transformation)
  3. Become enlightened and engaged citizens who display a Christlike passion to promote justice, seek peace, and pursue tolerance in their communities. (Community & Service)
  4. Develop a deeper understanding of the relation of self to world through investigation of the influence of social, cultural, economic, and political institutions in shaping human thought, value, and behavior. (Community)
  5. Demonstrate clear and persuasive verbal and written communication skills.

Requirements: 60 credits including the following:

24 credits selected from one or two of the following areas: Applied Art, Business, Christian Ministry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Cultural Studies, Education, Engineering, English (courses in writing or composition which may include ENGL 1030 and ENGL 3015), Kinesiology, Music (education, theory and applied), Nursing and/or Social Work.

  • 12 credits in Humanities
  • 12 credits in Social Sciences
  • 12 credits in Mathematics and Sciences

In a single focus applied studies major, 12 credits of the 24 credits must be numbered above 2999. In a dual focus applied studies major, 12 credits of the 24 credits must be numbered above 2999, with at least 6 upper division credits taken in EACH applied area.

Notation: If Music is selected, no more than three credits of private lessons may apply. If Kinesiology is selected, no more than three credits of Kinesiology activities or activity labs may apply.