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Dr. Heidi Tracht




Bachelor of Arts

NNU’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Studies allows students to choose specific coursework to best suit their personal or career goals. This program provides students with a broad program, which includes coursework in the humanities, mathematics and sciences and coursework in a chosen area of emphasis.

  • 60 total credits
  • Students can have a single or dual area of study
  • Choose between 14 different areas of study

About Applied Studies

This program leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Building on the strength of NNU’s general education core curriculum, and coursework from an applied area, the applied studies major provides students with the content, methodology, and implications of the basic areas of human knowledge; it fosters the attitude of intellectual curiosity harnessed by moral responsibility; and finally, it encourages students to think for themselves, and to be able to participate in life as autonomous individuals. The program is administered by the director of the Center for Academic Success and Advising.


degree details

Bachelor of Arts

Offered On Campus

Learning outcomes

  • Utilize critical thinking that exhibits academic and intellectual inquiry by understanding the means of acquiring and assessing information from multiple sources and through diverse ways of knowing. (Truth)
  • Adapt knowledge and skills connecting critical thinking, vocation, service and academic disciplines to evaluate real world problems. (Transformation)
  • Become enlightened and engaged citizens who display a Christlike passion to promote justice, seek peace, and pursue tolerance in their communities. (Community and Service)
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the relation of self to world through investigation of the influence of social, cultural, economic, and political institutions in shaping human thought, value, and behavior. (Community)
  • Demonstrate clear and persuasive verbal and written communication skills.

Degree Requirements

  • 60 credits including the following:
    • 24 credits selected from one or two of the following areas: Applied Art, Business, Christian Ministry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Cultural Studies, Education, Engineering, English (courses in writing or composition which may include ENGL1030 and ENGL3015), Kinesiology, Music (education, theory and applied), Nursing or Social Work.
    • 12 credits in Humanities
    • 12 credits in Social Sciences
    • 12 credits in Mathematics and Sciences
  • In a single focus applied studies major, 12 credits of the 24 credits must be numbered above 2999.
  • In a dual focus applied studies major, 12 credits of the 24 credits must be numbered above 2999, with at least 6 upper division credits taken in EACH applied area.
  • Notation: If Music is selected, no more than three credits of private lessons may apply. If Kinesiology is selected, no more than three credits of Kinesiology activities or activity labs may apply.
During my time at NNU, through relationships I’ve built, people have really shown me that Christianity is about a relationship with who Jesus is, and intentionally building that relationship with who God is.
Austin Elleby

BA Biblical Studies