B.A. in Applied Humanities

The BA in Applied Humanities provides students interested in fields such as business, health, and design -- all among the most dynamic careers in the world today, and marked by sustained high job availability according to the World Economic Forum's Global Challenge Insight Report -- with a transdisciplinary education combining professional skills in these areas with the cognitive, creative, international, interpersonal, and intercultural intelligences taught in the humanities, intelligences that offer a vital edge in these and other rapidly changing professions.

Students also study and practice the variety of organizational, collaborative, and leadership skills that are most often used in administrative contexts, including the development of mission/vision/outreach plans, commercial sponsorships, customer and project management, and public speaking. 

The BA in Applied Humanities is offered in partnership with the College of Applied Science & TechnologyCollege of Agriculture & Life Sciences, College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture, College of Social & Behavioral SciencesEller College of Management, and the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. The major coursework can be completed in as few as four semesters and has six emphases to choose from:

  • Business Administration
  • Fashion Studies
  • Game Studies
  • Public Health
  • Rural Leadership & Renewal
  • Spatial Organization & Design Thinking

Each emphasis consists of 42 total units comprised of:

  • Core Courses (21 units)
  • Emphasis Courses (18 Units)
  • Electives (3 Units)

Coursework

Core Courses

  • PAH 200: Introduction to Applied Humanities (3 units)
  • PAH 201: Applied Humanities Practice: Techniques and Technologies for Public Enrichment (3 units)
  • PAH 372: Intercultural Competence: Culture, Identity, Adaptation, and Intercultural Relations (3 units)
  • PAH 383: Pre-Internship: Building Career Readiness (3 units)
  • PAH 420: Innovation and the Human Condition: Learning How to Improve Life in the Community and Beyond (3 units)
  • PAH 493: Internship (3 units)
  • PAH 498: Senior Capstone (3 units)

Business Administration Emphasis

  • MIS 111: Computers and Internetworked Society (3 units)
    • Pima CC equiv.: CIS 120 (3 units)
    • Only available in Spring
  • ECON 200: Basic Economic Issues (3 units)
    • Pima CC equiv.: ECN 201 (3 units) or ECN 202 (3 units)
  • ACCT 250: Survey of Accounting (3 units)
    • ACCT 200 (3 units) can be substituted
  • BNAD 301: Global and Financial Economics and Strategies (3 units)
    • Prerequisite: ECON 200 (3 units)
  • BNAD 302: Human Side of Organizations (3 units)
  • BNAD 303: Marketing Principles, Concepts and Tools (3 units)

These courses cannot also count toward a minor in the Eller College of Management.

Fashion Studies Emphasis

  • RCSC 204: Fashion, Consumers and the Economy (3 units)
  • FCSC 215: Introduction to Fashion Retailing (3 units)
    • Only available in Fall
    • Prerequisite to all other FCSC courses
  • FCSC 333: Fashion Promotion (3 units)
  • FCSC 335: Fashion Forecasting and Research Trends (3 units)
  • FCSC 345: Science of Textiles (3 units)
  • FCSC 435: Society, Culture and Fashion Relationships (3 units)

Game Studies Emphasis

  • PAH 230: Video Games as Artifacts: Appreciating Interactive Multimedia Entertainment (3 units)
  • PAH 231: Global Video Game Cultures and Their Origins (3 units)
  • PAH 330: The Video Game Industry: An Introduction to the Business of Making Money with Play (3 units)
  • PAH 331: Video Game Studies: Critical/Cultural Approaches (3 units)
  • INFV 405: Introduction to Game Design (3 units) or ISTA 251: Introduction to Game Design (3 units)
  • INFV 406: Introduction to Game Development (3 units) or ISTA 451: Game Development (3 units)

Public Health Emphasis

  • HPS 178: Personal Health and Wellness (3 units)
  • HPS 200: Introduction to Public Health (3 units)
  • EPID 309: Introduction to Epidemiology (3 units)
    • Prerequisite: MATH 112 (3 units)

— and 3 additional classes from among the following —

  • HPS 306: Drugs and Society (3 units)
  • PHPM 310: Health Care in the US (3 units)
  • HPS 322: Health Education Ethical Leadership (3 units)
    • Only Offered In Spring
  • HPS 330: Human Sexuality (3 units)
  • HPS 350: Principles of Health Education and Health Promotion (3 units)
    • Prerequisites: HPS 178 (3 units) and HPS 200 (3 units)
  • HPS 381: Health Education Intervention Methods (3 units)
  • HPS 387: Health Disparities and Minority Health (3 units)
  • HPS 416: The World's Food and Health (3 units)
    • Only Offered In Fall

These courses cannot also count toward a minor in the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

Rural Leadership & Renewal Emphasis

  • ALC 409: Team and Organizational Leadership (3 units)
  • ALC 410: Entrepreneurial Leadership in Agriculture and the Life Sciences (3 units)
  • ALC 411: Principles and Applications of Organizational Innovation (3 units)
  • ALC 422: Communicating Knowledge in Agriculture and the Life Sciences (3 units)
  • ALC 499: Independent Study (3 units)

— and 1 additional class from among the following —

  • ALC 309: Leadership Principles and Practices (3 units)
  • ALC 412: Translating Emergent Agricultural and Life Sciences Innovations (3 units)
  • AED 437: Methods of Facilitating Learning (3 units)

Spatial Organization & Design Thinking Emphasis

  • SBE 301: Introduction to Design Thinking (4 units)
  • LAR 430: Introduction to Digital Media (2 units)

— and select 2 of the following areas and take 2 courses from each area (1 of which must be an upper division course) 

Sustainability

  • SBE 201: Sustainable Design and Planning (3 units)
  • ARC 496D: Social Foundations of Sustainability (3 units)
  • PLG 497S: Sustainable Development and New Urbanism (3 units)

History and Theory of Architecture

  • ARC 220: History of Applied Building Technology (online) (3 units) 
  • ARC 232: History and Theory of Architecture II:  Renaissance through Early Modern World Architecture (3 units)
  • ARC 332: History and Theory of Architecture III:  Modern Architecture (3 units)
  • ARC 471F: Introduction to Heritage Conservation (3 units)
  • ARC 471N: Arid Region Urbanism:  Arizona/Sonora (3 units)
  • ARC 471S: History and Theory of Architecture IV:  Contemporary Architecture + Urban Theory (3 units)
  • ARC 497B: Latin American Practice Traditions (3 units)
  • ARC 497J: Documentation and Interpretation of the Historic Built Environment (3 units)

History and Theory of Landscape Architecture, Planning, and the Built Environment

  • SBE 221: History of the Built Environment I (3 units)
  • SBE 222: History of the Built Environment II (3 units)
  • PLG 301: Introduction to Regional Planning (3 units)
  • PLG 401A: Planning Theory and Practice (3 units)
  • LAR 440: Contemporary Landscape Architecture (3 units)

Design Representation and Fabrication

  • SBE 202: Professional Communication + Presentation (3 units)
  • ARC 241: Design Communication I (3 units)
  • ARC 297M: Material Fabrication I (2 units)
  • ARC 326: Site Analysis + Planning (2 units)

Electives

Students should work with faculty and advisors to select a course that complements their emphasis and/or foreign language studied.

Africana Studies Program

  • AFAS 223: African Philosophical Worlds (3 units)
  • AFAS 463: Doing Business In/With Africa: A Cultural Perspective (3 units)

Department of East Asian Studies

  • CHN 245: Chinese Popular Culture (3 units)
  • EAS 245: Korean Pop Culture (3 units)
  • JPN 245: Japanese Anime and Visual Culture (3 units)
  • EAS 251: Introduction to Korea through Films (3 units)
  • CHN 410B: The Anthropology of Contemporary China (3 units)
  • JPN 425A: Anthropology of Japan: Images and Realities (3 units)
  • CHN 444: Chinese Media & Culture (3 units)
  • EAS 444: East Asian Traditions and the Rise of Commercial Civilization (3 units)
  • EAS 466: Japanese and Chinese Nationalism (3 units)

Department of French & Italian

  • FREN 230: French Culture (1789-present) (3 units)
  • ITAL 230: Introduction to Italian Culture (3 units)
  • ITAL 240: Italian Folklore and Popular Culture (3 units)
  • FREN 373: US & Francophone Hip-Hop Cultures (3 units)
  • FREN 433: Business French 1 (3 units)
  • FREN 434: Business French 2 (3 units)

Department of German Studies

  • GER 246: Culture, Science and Technology (3 units)
  • GER 315: Business German (3 units)
  • GER 371: Contemporary German Culture (3 units)
  • GER 416: Minority Views in German Culture (3 units)
  • GER 430: Crossing Borders/Crossing Cultures (3 units)

Department of Linguistics

  • LING 114: Learning a Foreign Language (3 units)
  • LING 201: Introduction to Linguistics (3 units)
  • LING 210: American Indian Languages (3 units)
  • LING 211: Meaning in Language and Society (3 units)
  • LING 320: Language and Social Issues (3 units)
  • LING 322: The Structure and Meaning of Words (3 units)
  • LING 341: Language Development (3 units)
  • LING 388: Language and Computers (3 units)
  • LING 408: Computational Techniques for Linguists (3 units)
  • LING 432: Psychology of Language (3 units)

Department of Public & Applied Humanities

  • PAH 220: Collaboration: A Humanities Perspective (3 units)
  • PAH 221: Creating, Imagining, Innovating: Intercultural Approaches for Academic and Career Success (3 units)
  • PAH 230: Video Games as Artifacts: Appreciating Interactive Multimedia Entertainment (3 units)
  • PAH 240: Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Global Perspectives on Human/Animal Relationships (3 units)
  • PAH 310: Urban Multilingualism: An Introduction to Exploring Diverse Cities (3 units)
  • PAH 320: Working: The Rewards and Costs of Employment (3 units)
  • PAH 330: The Video Game Industry: An Introduction to the Business of Making Money with Play (3 units)
  • PAH 456: Humanities and the Global Creative Economy (3 units)

Department of Religious Studies & Classics

  • RELI 210: Religion in the American Experience (3 units)
  • RELI 230: Religions and Cultures of India (3 units)
  • RELI 335: Rap, Culture and God (3 units)
  • RELI 345: Religion and the Arts in India (3 units)
  • RELI 363: Religion and Sex (3 units)
  • RELI 367: Yoga (3 units)
  • RELI 404: Religion, Gender, and the Body (3 units)
  • RELI 412: Religion and Literature in Latin America (3 units)

Department of Russian & Slavic Studies

  • RSSS 315: Werewolves and Vampires: Slavic Folklore in our Culture (3 units)
  • RSSS 325: Eastern Orthodoxy in a Global Age (3 units)

Department of Spanish & Portuguese

  • SPAN 352: Reading Politics and Culture in the Hispanic World (3 units)
  • SPAN 371A/B: Spanish for Business and Economics (3 units)
  • TSL 386: Global Citizenship: Reading the World and the Word (3 units)
  • PORT 430: Brazilian Civilization (3 units)
  • SPAN 430: Issues in Spanish Culture (3 units)
  • SPAN 431: Issues in Spanish-American Culture (3 units)
  • SPAN 433: Issues in Mexican and Mexican-American Culture (3 units)
  • PORT 463: Topics in Luso-Brazilian Literature (3 units)
  • SPAN 480: Service Learning (3 units)

 

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