Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Liberal Arts

The Applied Liberal Arts major at Concordia University is designed to provide a solid foundation and well-rounded educational experience that is ideal for individuals either planning to enter educational careers or explore an advanced degree in an area of specialization. The Applied Liberal Arts degree builds upon the general education requirements and approaches the liberal arts from an integrative perspective, which is very valuable to employers. This perspective provides students with the opportunity to experience the arts and sciences and explore how educated individuals apply this knowledge in their lives and the workplace. This program equips the student with skills for a lifetime of learning and meaningful work.

Freedom to apply yourself.

With your bachelor's degree in Applied Liberal Arts from Concordia University, you will be able to:

  • Think, read, and communicate with confidence and knowledge.
  • Consider ideas and opinions from various points of view.
  • Appreciate and understand the importance of the arts as they apply to our cultural history.
  • Understand basic scientific principles that will allow you to articulate your worldview as it relates to a distinctively Christian worldview.
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Instruction options.

Fully online. Is it really an “option” if you have only one choice? We don’t think so. Most degree programs require a local site or campus through which you earn your degree; but that is not the case with online degrees offered through Concordia University. You can live and work anywhere in the nation or world and take all of your courses to earn your bachelor’s degree online in Applied Liberal Arts. Contact us for more information about this fully online option.

Blended delivery. Not ready to be totally online? Then you might appreciate another option for how you can earn your bachelor’s degree. The Applied Liberal Arts degree is also offered through a “blended” instructional delivery approach. Blended instructional models are growing in popularity because adult students appreciate periodic face to face classroom connection times while being able to complete coursework primarily online. That means less time on a campus, more time online, and the flexibility to fit continuing education into your home, family, and work life.

With this option, courses are taken in sequence, one at a time. Courses last five weeks with face-to-face classroom sessions occurring one night a week during the first, third, and fifth weeks. This cycle repeats for each course taken during the semester, which allows you to stagger the coursework and experience the camaraderie of your classmates as you progress together through the program. In between those face-to-face sessions, you complete your work anywhere you choose to use your tablet or laptop.

Start dates.

Typically, courses are five weeks long and are taken sequentially one at a time. The school year is divided into two 26-week semesters, and there are multiple opportunities to begin your program during each semester. For more information about upcoming start dates, please contact an admissions counselor.

Term Dates
Spring January 1 - June 30
Fall July 1 - December 31

A personal academic plan.

As a part of completing 120 total units and earning your bachelor's degree, you will take the following 42 core units listed below. Elective courses in other CUI adult education program majors are options for acquiring your total required units to graduate. Feel free to contact an admissions specialist regarding transfer units or to develop a personal academic plan for your coursework.

  • Applied Liberal Arts Core Courses
  • 42 Units
  • ALA 302: The Human Dimension
  • 3
Examining the human experience from the disciplines of psychology, sociology, and anthropology, you will explore how humans interact individually and within social structures. Skills will be gained in understanding human motivation and behavior.
  • ALA 303: Problem Solving in Today's World
  • 3
Refining the skills of thinking and processing information in a way that demonstrates a greater understanding of logical and rhetorical strategies will be taught. Application will be made to conceptual and practical experiences.
  • ALA 304: Your World in Context
  • 3
The historical and political contexts of contemporary culture will be examined. Students will learn how events in the past influence the present and will apply this knowledge to their careers and lives.
  • ALA 305: Christianity & Contemporary Culture
  • 3
Evaluating sources of information for culture and theology within the context of this course will better enable you to answer questions concerning life issues (e.g., sexuality, marriage, family, suffering, evil, death, creation, after life) and life choices in the Christian context. You will examine your own beliefs and compare these to what Scripture teaches.
  • ALA 306: Issues in Literary Criticism
  • 3
Developing skills in critically analyzing American, English, and world literature will be emphasized in this course. You will be exposed to a variety of issues in literary criticism. You will discover how literature influences and has been influenced by culture, history, and the author’s experiences.
  • ALA 307: Cultural Influences
  • 3
Through the exploration of the arts (music, drama, and theatre) you will examine how the arts shape and reflect contemporary culture. You will identify artistic themes, while exploring the influence the arts have had on your life and the life of others.
  • ALA 309: The Physical World
  • 3
The physical sciences affect your lives in a multitude of ways. You will explore astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography to enhance your understanding of the relationship between your life and the physical sciences.
  • ALA 310: The Making of Our Reality
  • 3
Twentieth century philosophy—modernism and post-modernism—impacts daily our lives. You will demonstrate an understanding of how modern philosophy impacts the various disciplines—natural science, the arts, social science, and theology/philosophy. You will have the opportunity to explore how modern philosophy affects every aspect of your life and the lives of others.
  • ALA 311: Writing for the Workplace
  • 3
In every profession, writing is an important aspect of effective communication. This course explores the basics of good writing, including the proper application of grammar and APA style rules. The use of technology to access and share information is also examined.
  • ALA 312: Communication in the Workplace
  • 3
The process of effective non-verbal communication is discussed in this course, as well as the opportunity to explore in depth, both in written format and oral format, a student selected aspect of non-verbal communication.
  • ALA 411: Digital Literacy and Research Skills for the Workplace
  • 3
Jobs of the twenty-first century are more complex than ever before. In order to be literate in today’s media-rich environments, people need to develop knowledge, values and a whole range of critical thinking, communication and information management skills for the digital age. As increasing numbers of businesses, services and even democratic processes migrate online, citizens who lack digital literacy skills risk being disadvantaged when it comes to accessing healthcare and government services and opportunities for employment, education and civic participation.
  • ALA 412: Quantitative Skills for the Workplace
  • 3
The notion of knowing and using quantitative skills in our everyday lives and workplaces promises to offer a mechanism for helping us to make sense of this world. Those who are not quantitatively literate may find themselves in a new underclass. To be effective, education today must be based on relevant, real-world situations. To be successful citizens, students must be as comfortable with numbers as they are with words. Every college graduate should be able to apply simple mathematical methods to the solution of real-world problems.
  • ALA 413: Psychology in the Workplace
  • 3
Many fields of psychology permeate our daily lives and experiences. Our interactions with family, friends, work groups, school groups as well as media coverage highlight this fascinating subject.
  • ALA 414: Learning Styles and Career Development
  • 3
This course will explore decision making, goal setting, values clarification and investigate potential life and career options based upon each student’s unique gifts and talents. Focus on self-assessment and decision-making in relation to life and career development will be part of this unique course. Conditions that affect life and career development (social, economic, family, and organizational changes) will be examined based upon current research.

Subject area experts.

Our faculty at Concordia University are experts in their subject areas who care about your success. Regardless of which instructional delivery option you select, you can be confident that all online and blended courses are skillfully designed by full-time faculty members who understand the dynamic learning needs of real students. Their experience and insight into educational service areas have built a reputation for excellence in the local community. Whatever your next steps may entail, you have a rich resource in Concordia faculty to help you grow professionally and prepare for your vocation in education.

Tuition and fees.

When you maintain continuous enrollment the tuition will remain the same throughout the program. Tuition does not include the price of textbooks.

Tuition/Fee Cost
Application Fee $50
Graduation Fee $140
Tuition $505/unit

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There are three options for admissions eligibility:

  1. Associates Degree, IGETC, or CSU certification.
  2. You have 45 transferable credits or more and are able to take general education classes concurrently with your major.
  3. If you have less than 45 units you are eligible for candidate status and can begin taking online GE courses. Once 45 credits total are obtained, you can begin taking courses concurrently.

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