Liberal Studies is offered as a major area of concentration of the BA in Liberal Studies degree at AU Los Angeles.
AULA’s Applied Studies degrees recognize your technical skills in a specific area – such as auto mechanics, sound editing or culinary arts – and apply your coursework and experience toward your degree. Students seeking an Applied Studies degree will have a specific professional area of focus that unifies their previous training and work experience with their program of study at Antioch. Within the Applied Studies offerings, we respect technical training as an important component that – along with a liberal learning framework – is the foundation to becoming problem solvers and leaders in your field. You will benefit from the learning approach of our liberal education model while continuing to focus on your specified career path.
The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Studies is part of a suite of Applied Studies degrees, each of which provides an opportunity for students with technical, occupational, and other professional training to apply that learning toward the completion of an undergraduate degree that both embraces their technical background and integrates it as a part of an interdisciplinary curriculum. Students who have 27 or more units in one cohesive technical area (units that would not be transferable into our Liberal Studies degree) can transfer those units in as part of an Applied Studies major and then complete the degree program through professionally-focused learning. These degree programs give students the opportunity to connect their technical expertise to a liberal learning framework that will make them more effective as problem solvers and leaders in their fields.
This Applied Studies major gives students with technical training in a discrete area the forum to build upon previously acquired skills by developing a broader contextual understanding of their profession while advancing their liberal learning perspective. Students with an Applied Studies major are encouraged to integrate their career or technical preparation into studies that expand their skills in written and oral communication while fostering their ability to consider social and ethical issues and to problem solve. Applied Studies students will critically examine their professional field and personal learning, moving toward a more systems-thinking approach. Students completing this degree will have a liberal education perspective that will enhance and build upon their employable skills from their careers and technical learning experiences.
The length of time it will take a student to complete a degree depends upon (1) the number of credits transferred into the program and (2) the number of credit hours taken each term. Antioch University operates on the quarter system. There are ten weeks of classes each quarter followed by a three-week break while instructors review and evaluate students’ work.
In order to complete your degree, you will need to meet the learning goals and complete the curriculum specific to your major as well as certain undergraduate degree requirements. Applied Studies degree requirements include the following (earned through AULA enrollment and/or transfer):
- 180 quarter units to graduate
- 75 or more upper-division units (almost all of our courses are upper division)
- Foundational courses to establish context and familiarize you with the skills you’ll use as you progress academically
- Eight units of experiential, non-classroom learning such as internships, self-directed independent studies or prior learning, to associate academics with real-life applications
- Ten units of interdisciplinary, hybrid seminars focused on leadership, business communications, cultural contexts, justice and equity, or technology in society
- Nine units (or about three courses) directly related to your degree:
- Interpersonal Communications
- Psychology of Leadership
- Social and Ethical Issues in Management
- Public Speaking
- Critical Thinking about Contemporary Issues
- Project Management
- Systems and Systems Thinking
- Toolkit for Community Leaders
For detailed curriculum and degree requirements, please visit the AULA catalog.
Students completing the BA in Applied Studies degree demonstrate the ability to:
- Use career, technical, and occupational skills in a professional context while thinking critically about obstacles and their solutions
- Communicate effectively while exhibiting leadership, and interpersonal skills that promote professional and personal development
- Consider problems in their field from multiple perspectives and offer strategies for problem solving in that professional context
|Quarter||International Application*||Priority Application**||Final Application***||Classes Begin|
|Fall 2018||July 23, 2018||July 23, 2018||August 17, 2018||October 1, 2018|
|Winter 2019||October 22, 2018||October 22, 2018||November 16, 2018||January 2, 2019|
|Spring 2019||January 22, 2019||January 22, 2019||February 15, 2019||April 1, 2019|
How to Apply
There are two easy steps to apply:
- Complete the online admissions application.
- Note: The application fee is waived for anyone attending an information session.
- The application fee is also waived for all AULA alumni.
- Submit the Application Fee $50.
- Complete and submit the Admissions Dialogue.
- Request official transcripts from every accredited institution from which you have received units of academic credit. You must provide evidence that you have successfully completed 36 quarter units (24 semester units) or more of college-level learning including at least 27 quarter units in a cohesive area of study that can be applied to your major.
All materials are submitted to the Admissions Office. All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.
|Liberal Studies (BA)|
|Units per quarter||Cost|
|Full time (12-15 units)||$6,790|
|Half time (6-8 units)||$4,074|
|Less than half time||$679 per unit|
Please note: Additional fees for all Antioch University Los Angeles programs may include (but are not necessarily limited to) charges for materials, late registration, enrollment maintenance, parking, graduation, transcripts, tuition payment plan, late payments, late registration, and returned checks.
A majority of AULA students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants—are right for you. Our staff is here to help you, so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program at AULA. Returning to school is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful one.
Community College Scholars Program
A special scholarship exists for undergraduate students transferring from a community college with whom AULA has an articulation agreement. If granted a Community College Scholarship, students receive 3 units worth of free tuition in the first term, and 3 units in the second term, a savings of $4,000. You are eligible for this scholarship if you have earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and at least 24 transferable semester units at a qualifying community college.
Undergraduate New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation is scheduled every term. It’s a chance for students to visit campus, meet faculty, register for classes and get started on their educational journey. Upon acceptance into the program, students receive specific information for the New Student Orientation designed for them.
|BACHELOR'S DEGREE PROGRAMS|
|Winter Quarter 2019|
|Monday, December 5, 5:00pm-7:00pm||AULA Library (w/ registration in the computer lab)|
|Tuesday, December 18, 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Teaching & Learning Center (w/ registration in the computer lab)|
|Individually as needed.|
To RSVP for an orientation, admitted students should email:undergraduatestudies.aula@