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Applied Studies

The Applied Studies curriculum is designed for students who seek a degree that recognizes the value of experience and work as part of college learning. It assists individuals in their preparation for career advancement or change. With the coordinator, the student will develop an individualized program of study directly related to career or educational preferences.

This select curriculum has three components: (1) a 24-credit core curriculum; (2) 15 credits of directed electives; and (3) 21 credits of concentration courses that have a unifying career or personal focus; a block of 6 to 18 credits of these 21 credits must be earned through portfolio evaluation.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Articulate the unifying focus in their area of concentration and demonstrate how their prior work or other experience is equivalent to college-level academic work.
  • Successfully adapt to challenges presented in the changing workplace.
  • Integrate and utilize communication, critical thinking and technology skills into their chosen field of work.

Curriculum Entry Requirements:
This is a select curriculum. Prospective students must attend a program orientation prior to admission. All students need to take the College's placement tests at their time of entry into the College. Students who are identified as needing developmental coursework must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of the curriculum. Students are accepted into the curriculum upon successful completion of their portfolio review and the awarding of Applied Studies block credits.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:
A minimum of 60 credits and a grade point average of 2.0 are required for graduation with an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Applied Studies.

Applied Studies Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

ENGL 101 - English Composition I 3 ENGL 101
Math 118 - Intermediate Algebra (or higher) 3 Mathematics
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology 3 Tech Comp
Concentration course* 3
Concentration course* 3

Second Semester

Social Science Elective 3 Social Sciences
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of “C” or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit
Science Elective 3/4 Natural Science
Humanities Elective 3 Humanities
Social Science Elective 3

Third Semester

Directed elective: a total of 15 credits of directed electives are required. Student must choose at least three credits from each category of communications, critical thinking and technology. Students are encouraged to take courses in sequence in the same discipline. See Course Selection Guide. 3
Directed Elective - see above 3
Directed Elective - see above 3
Directed Elective - see above 3
Directed Elective - see above 3

Fourth Semester

Concentration Course* 3
Concentration Course* 3
Concentration Course* 3
Concentration Course* 3
Concentration Course* 3

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 60

General Education Requirements All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement, the Interpretive Studies requirement and the American/Global Diversity requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive, one course that is designated Interpretive Studies and one course that is designated American Global Diversity. The same course may be used to fulfill all three requirements. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements to help in your selection.

*Concentration Courses - Students must earn at least 21 credits in an area of concentration. Courses must have a clear, unifying focus in an individualized plan of study designed in collaboration with and approved by the coordinator. Six to 18 of the required 21 credits must be earned through portfolio assessment as block credits in Applied Studies. These Applied Studies credits will be awarded upon acceptance into the curriculum. Concentration courses may not be taken until block credit is awarded through portfolio assessment.

Applied Studies Course Selection Guide - Directed Electives

Communications: BHHS 105, BHHS 1061, ENGL 1142, ENGL 1153, and ENGL 1163.

Critical Thinking: ANTH 112, ANTH 2024, ANTH 2114, ANTH 2155, ADC 2212, ADC 2226, ART 103, ART 104, ART 205, CHEM 1057, ENGL 2082, ENGL 2092, ENGL 2112, ENGL 2122, ENGL 2212, ENGL 2222, ENGL 2322, ENGL 2412, ENGL 2452, ENGL 2462, ENGL 2502, ENGL 2512, HIST 101, HIST 102, HLTH 110, HUM 1202, HUM 1302, HUM 1802, HUM 1902, LEAD 104, LEAD 114, MATH 1509, PHIL 111, PHIL 152, PHIL 211, SOC 2128, SOC 2159, SOC 2318 and SOC 2338.

Technology: For purposes of this curriculum, approved courses from the following disciplines that specifically use technology in that field are considered to be technology courses: Architecture, Automotive Technology, CAD, Computer Forensics, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Construction Technology, Dietetics, Electronics, Engineering, Paralegal and Photographic Imaging. (See Applied Studies coordinator for list.)

1 Prerequisite: BHHS 105
2 Prerequisite: ENGL 101
3 Prerequisite: ENGL 101 or ENGL 114
4 Prerequisite: ENGL 101 plus one of the following: ANTH 101, ANTH 112 or SOC 101
5 Prerequisite: Any Social or Behavioral Science course
6 Prerequisite: ADC 221
7 Prerequisite: ENGL 101 ready
8 Prerequisite: ANTH 112, SOC 101
9 Prerequisite: ANTH 112 or SOC 101

For More Information Contact:
The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010..