If you’ve gained valuable technical expertise through a trade or specialized vocational training, Antioch’s Bachelor of Arts in Applied Studies (BAS) degree is an excellent option. The BAS is designed for transfer students with a passion for learning and transferable college units from a vocational field. Unlike other degree programs, the BAS accepts credits when a student has a focused area of study in: paralegal studies, transportation and mechanical technology, medical assisting, office administration, cosmetology, construction, culinary arts, electrical technology, and more. A blend of enriching coursework and experiential learning, the BAS prepares students to advance professionally and to pursue graduate studies at Antioch or at other universities.
This degree is offered by AU Los Angeles.
The BA in Applied Studies is part of a suite of Applied Studies degrees, each of which provides an opportunity for students with technical and occupational training to apply that learning toward the completion of an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree. Students reflect on past experience and explore other disciplines such as business, psychology, urban studies, and the liberal arts. BAS students take courses alongside other Applied Studies and Liberal Studies students in small, diverse, and highly interactive classes. By exploring real-world problems from multiple perspectives, BAS degree-seekers become more effective as problem solvers and leaders, poised to create meaningful change in the world. 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.
Applied Studies degree requirements are listed below. Note that many of these requirements can be earned at Antioch and/or transferred in. Students can transfer in up to 135 quarter/90 semester units from a previous college or university. Of those, up to 105 quarter/70 semester units can be lower division, or 100- and 200-level courses.
- 180 quarter units to graduate.
- 27 or more transferred units in one cohesive technical area.
- 45 minimum units earned at AULA (residency requirement).
- 75 or more upper-division units (almost all of Antioch’s courses are upper division).
- Successful completion of our gateway course, Educational Foundations, during the first quarter of enrollment.
- 36 units of General Studies courses (6 units in each of the following domains): Communications, Science, Humanities, Quantitative, Social Science, Fine Art.
- Eight units of experiential, non-classroom learning such as internships, self-directed independent studies or prior learning.
- Ten units of hybrid professional seminars focused on topics such as leadership, business communications, group dynamics, cultural contexts, and technology in society.
- Nine units (about three courses) of core courses related to business, career development, and cultural studies. Examples of BAS core courses are listed below:
- Interpersonal Communications in Workplace
- Psychology of Leadership
- Social and Ethical Issues in Management
- Principles of Marketing
- The Business of Social Change
- Nonprofit 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
Antioch’s academic year is comprised of four quarters: fall (October), winter (January), spring (April), and summer (July). Quarters are ten weeks long with three-week breaks in between, during which instructors review and evaluate students’ work.
Bachelor’s degree classes have anywhere from 8 to 18 students in each class, and are offered in three formats:
- Three- and four-unit regular classes that meet face-to-face for one 2 hours and 50-minutes session per week for 10 weeks. This is the most common format.
- Three- and four-unit online and hybrid classes that alternate face-to-face or video-conference meetings with online activity.
- One- and two-unit workshops that meet for just one or two full days during the quarter and occur on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays.
Additionally, students have a variety of options for earning credit through non-classroom learning activities: internships, prior learning, and independent study projects.
Undergraduate students can earn up to forty-four university credits for learning gained outside of school, for example in a professional setting, or through personal experience. Demonstration of prior learning can take many forms but typically involves showing evidence of the student’s knowledge of the topic and situating that knowledge in an academic context. Unlike our formal classes, prior learning projects are not tied to the quarterly schedule. Earning academic credit for prior learning activities may accelerate a student’s time to degree completion and significantly reduces tuition costs. Students wanting to explore this option must take the Prior Learning workshop before earning this type of credit.
The internship office maintains partnerships with over two hundred organizations in Los Angeles and supports students who wish to earn academic credit for hands-on, workplace experience. As interns, students expand their social networks, apply new skills, and actively contribute to community life. As part of the internship process, they also reflect upon the relationship between academic studies and real-world activities.
The following are just a few examples of the many exciting internships our students pursue:
- Social Media Marketing Practices for a talent management agency;
- Veterans Engagement and Mentorship through a college Veteran’s Resource Center;
- Instructional Support for an Automotive Workforce Development program;
- Promoting resilience through empathy and community building at the Relational Center;
- Mentoring youth artists at Venice Arts to develop skills in photography and other creative media;
- Assistant-Teaching for Bridge, Antioch’s free community humanities program for non-traditional adult students;
- Internship placement at their own jobs.
Internships represent one way for students to satisfy the non-classroom learning degree requirement.
Antioch offers “Fast Track” options into many of our graduate programs, as well as the teacher credentialing program. Once accepted, undergraduate students complete their remaining bachelor’s degree units by taking first-term graduate courses. Units earned in Fast Track apply toward both the student’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees, saving significant time and money in the process.
Prior to applying for the graduate program, undergraduate students must consult with their Academic Advisors to determine their eligibility to become a Fast Track candidate and gain approval from the Undergraduate Studies Chair. Our Fast Track option is available for the following graduate programs: Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP), Teacher Credentialing (MAE/TC), Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability (USMA), Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management (MANM), and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA)
|Quarter||International Application*||Priority Application**||Final Application***||Classes Begin|
|Spring 2019||Jan 22, 2019||Jan 22, 2019||Mar 11, 2019||Apr 1, 2019|
|Summer 2019||Apr 22, 2019||Apr 22, 2019||May 17, 2019||Jul 1, 2019|
|Fall 2019||Jul 22, 2019||Jul 22, 2019||Aug 16, 2019||Sep 30, 2019|
|Winter 2020||Oct 21, 2019||Oct 21, 2019||Nov 15, 2019||Jan 6, 2020|
How to Apply
Complete and submit the Online Application.
- Complete and submit the Admissions Dialogue.
- Submit the Application Fee $50. Note: The application fee is waived for anyone attending an information session. Interested in attending? Sign up now!
- 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.
- All materials are submitted to the Admissions Office. All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.
For students interested in receiving federal and state financial aid, high school graduation or an equivalency such as a GED is required. Students can also fulfill this requirement by completing six credit hours or equivalent course work toward a degree or certificate, or by receiving a passing score on an exam demonstrating an ability-to-benefit from a higher education. Students seeking governmental financial assistance may be asked to provide proof of high school completion or equivalency, as well as transcripts from previous college-level work.
|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|
|Summer Quarter 2019|
|Wednesday, June 5, 5-7 pm||AULA Library (w/ registration in the computer lab)|
|Tuesday, June 25, 3-5 pm||Teaching & Learning Center (w/ registration in the computer lab)|
|Individually as needed.|
To RSVP for an orientation, admitted students should email:undergraduatestudies.aula@