BA in Applied Studies

The BA in Applied Studies degree provides a strong foundation in communication and business, and the required, selected concentration allows each student to focus on a complimentary discipline and 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.

Benefits of the program

  • Customized format gives you the flexibility to gain new applied and theoretical skills and hone the business skills you already have
  • Online, evening, and weekend class formats allow you to pursue your passion for education while balancing work and family life
  • FASTRACK courses offered at the Cuneo Mansion & Gardens in Vernon Hills offer blended online and weekend course options
  • Honoring your past life experience, students may submit a prior learning assessment portfolio and earn credits from 10 eligible courses
  • A program grounded in the University Core Curriculum, students develop skills crucial to facing the challenges of contemporary society


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