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Applied Studies Curriculum

Current APS Program Requirements/Course Offerings.xls (course substitutions are used for the below catalog requirements as needed)


The Bachelor of Science in Applied Studies is a specially designed degree program that meets the needs of students who have earned at least 60 units of transferable academic credit. This program emphasizes the practical applications of academic subjects in real world situations. The courses are drawn from the fields of business and liberal arts. The objective is to help students develop the leadership skills they will need to succeed in their career (see the CSUDH Catalog as the official source for the University's policies, regulations and academic programs).

The following upper-division courses have been selected for distance learning to fulfill all of the requirements for students who meet the transfer requirements to complete a Bachelor of Science in Applied Studies with a minor in Communications or Public Administration.


  1. Upper Division General Education - 9 Units

    The following courses fulfill the CSUDH upper division General Education breadth requirements

    SBS 318 - Cultural Pluralism (3)

    Analysis of cultural diversity and the processes of cultural interaction, inter-ethnic relations and social integration on the community, national and international levels.

    SMT 312 - Natural Disasters (3)

    Impact of natural events on human activities and vice versa. Mankind’s uneasy relationship with atmosphere, ocean and not-so-solid earth. Will include study of earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, landslides, tsunamis, climate change, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires.

    HUM 310 - Key Concepts (3)

    Analysis of major concept in humanistic thought and expression, e.g. the individual and society, success and values in the U.S., death and dying, war and society, etc.

  2. Liberal Arts - 9 Units

    HIS 348 - Labor in American Society (3)

    The role of labor in the political, economic, and social life of the U.S., including growth of organized labor, rival ideologies, legal decisions, and contributions of various ethnic groups, from the colonial period to the present.

    IDS 336 - Perspectives in Civilization (3)

    The world's cultural and social diversity from a sociocultural and anthropological perspective. Variable topics include regional surveys (North America, South America, Africa, Eurasia) and/or selected themes in the study of culture.

    POL 310 - Current Issues in American Politics (3)

    Analysis and critical evaluation of recent major issues, conflicts and problems in American government and institutions, Current issues might include social and health services, energy, environment, multinational corporations, military spending, taxation, political economy, criminal justice and civil rights.

  3. Transition to Applied Studies - 3 Units

    APS 300 - Ethos of the Liberal Arts and the Role of Work (3)

    Examines the relationship between liberal arts and sciences education and the competencies required to function effectively in social and occupational settings. Readings and assignments emphasize integration and application of skills, knowledge, perspectives, and values acquired through liberal arts and sciences.

  4. Applied Component - 18 Units

    MGT 310 - Management Theory (3)

    Focuses on the management processes of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling; includes discussions of social and ethical issues in business; case studies and written reports.

    MGT 312 - Organizational Behavior (3)

    Causes and consequences of individual and group behavior in business, organizational communications, interpersonal relations, and conflict resolution; cases and role-playing.

    MKT 350 - Principles of Marketing (3)

    Survey of the marketing function, including the marketing environment and target markets; marketing strategy with emphasis on the marketing mix; social and ethical responsibilities of marketing.

    LBR 412 - Labor Law (3)

    Legal history of the American labor movement. Survey of federal and state laws regulating employment, collective bargaining, contract clauses, arbitration, collective actions, lockouts, unfair labor practices and fair employment practices.

    SOC 315 - Sociology of Work (3)

    Sociological analysis of work in industrial society. Examination of the labor force, industrial organization, occupational roles, and careers. Consideration of impact of technological change.

    PSY 372 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3)

    Survey of the application of psychology to organizations, personnel, work environments, buying, and selling, with particular attention to current issues.

  5. Capstone Seminar - 3 Units

    APS 490 - Seminar in Occupational Leadership (3)

    Prerequisites: APS 300 and Senior Standing.
    Required of all applied studies majors. Interdisciplinary analysis of leadership in selectedoccupational areas. Creation and presentation of student portfolios demonstrating occupational accomplishment.

  6. Minor (select one)

    Communications - 12 Units

    COM 100 - Mass Media and Society (3)

    Survey of mass communications media and their effects on society. Comparative analysis of newspapers, magazines, wire services, radio, television, motion picture, public relations and advertising. Problems and potentials of the mass media as mirrors and molders of society.

    COM 250 - Writing for the Media (3)

    Instruction and practice in the basics of reporting and writing news for print and electronic media.

    COM 365 - Introduction to Public Relations (3)

    Public relations practices and principles as applied to government, education and industry.

    COM 435- Media Psychology (3)

    Course is designed to acquaint students with the burgeoning field of media psychology, which examines the intersection of media use/media content and psychological processes. In this course students will learn how mass media messages, images, and tests can alter our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and how media and technology use may lead to or exacerbate psychological disorders.

    Public Administration - 15 Units

    PUB 300 - Foundations of Public Administration (3)

    Analysis of the role of public administration within the American political system and of the concordant functions and responsibilities of public sector administrators; discussion of administrative ethics; overview of public sector administrative and managerial processes.

    PUB 301 - Administrative Leadership and Behavior (3)

    Study of human behavior in organizational settings; examination of how managerial/supervisory functions impact employee morale and productivity and overall organizational effectiveness. Primary areas of analysis include motivation, leadership, interpersonal and group dynamics, communication, and organizational power.

    PUB 302 - Administration of Financial Resources (3)

    Administrative and political considerations of fiscal policy, the budgetary process and fiscal controls, financial management and planning, government and the economy, intergovernmental fiscal relations and nature of grants-in-aid, alternate revenue sources, contemporary issues.

    PUB 304 - Administration of Public Policy (3)

    Policy decisions and their implementation and evaluation, relationship of the branches of government and characteristics of bureaucracy.

    PUB 324 - Analytic Decision-Making (3)

    Analytic and quantitative approaches to planning, evaluation, and decision-making; rational decision-making process as analytic framework for comparing alternative public policies and actions; public sector applications of selected quantitative methods, such as forecasting and cost-benefit analysis

    Electives if necessary to reach a total of 120 units.

  7. Electives (if necessary to reach a total of 120 units)

    The current CSUDH Catalog is the official source for program information. The above courses are subject to substitution without prior notice.