The Bachelor of Applied Studies requires a minimum of 120 s.h. and is intended to be completed entirely by distance education. Students must earn at least 30 s.h. of credit toward the degree in University of Iowa courses after admission to the B.A.S. program. They must earn at least 60 s.h. of the minimum 120 s.h. at four-year colleges, including 45 s.h. in upper-level courses.

University of Iowa upper-level courses are numbered between 3000 and 4999. Some courses numbered below 3000 may be considered upper level for the B.A.S.; for a list of these courses, refer to Upper-Level Requirements on the Bachelor of Applied Studies website.

Students also must complete the following core requirements and a set of distribution areas; see BAS Core Requirements and Distribution Areas on the Bachelor of Applied Studies website for more information.

Core Requirements

Rhetoric course work equivalent to composition II and speech

Quantitative or formal reasoning—3 s.h.

Social sciences—3 s.h.

Values, society, and diversity—3 s.h.

Business/management—6 s.h.

Distribution Areas

Students must complete 12 s.h. in three of the following five distribution areas (total of 36 s.h.). In each distribution area, 6 of the required 12 s.h. must be earned in upper-level courses.

Communication and arts (e.g., journalism, communication studies, creative writing, art, music)

Humanities (e.g., literature, history, philosophy, religion)

Natural sciences and mathematics (e.g., mathematics, biology, statistics, computer science)

Professional fields (e.g., business, education, nursing, social work, aging studies)

Social sciences (e.g., sociology, psychology, economics, political science, anthropology)

Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of 2.00 or higher in all course work attempted, all course work taken at the University of Iowa, all course work taken after admission to the Bachelor of Applied Studies program, and all upper-level course work.

All University College policies regarding grading, course drops, withdrawals, academic standards, and so forth apply to B.A.S. students. Consult the University College student Academic Policies Manual for more information.

Optional Emphasis Area

Students may include an emphasis area in their B.A.S. program.

Creative Writing Emphasis Area

The creative writing emphasis area requires 18 s.h. It provides students with an understanding of the multiple facets of written communication. The emphasis area requires the following course work.

All of these:
CLSA:3742Word Power: Building English Vocabulary3
CW:2100Creative Writing3
CW:4897Novel Writing3
At least three of these:
CW:2870Fiction Writing3
CW:2875Poetry Writing3
CW:3005Professional and Creative Business Communication3
CW:3870Advanced Fiction Writing3
CW:3875Advanced Poetry Writing3
CW:4745The Sentence: Strategies for Writing3
CW:4760The Art of Revision: Rewriting Prose for Clarity and Impact3
THTR:2301Playwriting I3
THTR:3301Playwriting II3
WRIT:1500Writing Commons: A Community of Writers1-3

For additional details about the emphasis area and related careers, see Creative Writing Emphasis Area on the Bachelor of Applied Studies website.

Human Relations Emphasis Area

The human relations emphasis area requires 18 s.h. It focuses on human development, personality theory, interpersonal and group communication, multiculturalism, professional ethics, and the development of helping skills. The emphasis area requires the following course work.

All of these:
RCE:4194Interpersonal Effectiveness3
RCE:4197Citizenship in a Multicultural Society3
RCE:4199Counseling for Related Professions3
At least three of these:
EDTL:3114Parent-Child Relationships3
RCE:4131Loss, Death, and Bereavement3
RCE:4162Introduction to Couple and Family Therapy3
RCE:4174Positive Psychology3
RCE:4176Child Abuse: Assessment, Intervention, and Advocacy3
RCE:4178Microcounseling1-3
RCE:4179Sexuality Within the Helping Professions3
RCE:4185Introduction to Substance Abuse3
RCE:4191Advocacy: Awareness, Assertiveness, and Activismarr.
SSW:3712Human Sexuality, Diversity, and Society1-3

For additional details about the emphasis area and related careers, see Human Relations Emphasis Area on the Bachelor of Applied Studies website.

Justice Studies Emphasis Area

The justice studies emphasis area requires 18 s.h. It is a good choice for students who hold associate degrees in disciplines such as community service, corrections, criminal justice, law enforcement, police science, or public safety. The emphasis area requires the following course work.

Two of these:
CRIM:1410Introduction to Criminology3
POLI:3111American Public Policy3
PSY:2501Introduction to Social Psychology3
RCE:4197Citizenship in a Multicultural Society3
SOC:4225The Social Psychology of Leadership3
At least four of these:
CRIM:2430Comparative Criminal Justice Systems3
CRIM:3416Race, Crime, and Justice3
CRIM:4420Criminal Punishment3
POLI:3104Immigration Politics3
RCE:4176Child Abuse: Assessment, Intervention, and Advocacy3
RCE:4185Introduction to Substance Abuse3
RCE:4194Interpersonal Effectiveness3
SOC:3171Drugs and Society3
SSW:4100Social Work in the Criminal Justice System3

For additional details about the emphasis area and related careers, see Justice Studies Emphasis Area on the Bachelor of Applied Studies website.

Political Science Emphasis Area

The political science emphasis area requires 18 s.h. It focuses on the United States' political role in shaping social and public policy worldwide and on the interplay between foreign and domestic politics. The emphasis area requires the following course work.

Two of these:
POLI:1100Introduction to American Politics3
POLI:1200Introduction to Political Behavior3
POLI:1400Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POLI:1500Introduction to International Relations3
POLI:1501Introduction to American Foreign Policy3
At least four of these:
POLI:3100American State Politics3
POLI:3102The U.S. Congress3
POLI:3104Immigration Politics3
POLI:3110Local Politics3
POLI:3111American Public Policy3
POLI:3116The Presidency3
POLI:3118Interest Groups3
POLI:3123State Politics in Iowa3
POLI:3202Political Psychology3
POLI:3503Politics of Terrorism3
POLI:3520National Security Policy3

For additional details about the emphasis area and related careers, see Political Science Emphasis Area on the Bachelor of Applied Studies website.

Individuals who wish to earn a B.A.S. must apply formally for admission to the program by completing an application through the Office of Admissions. Additional information on the B.A.S. program may be found on the Bachelor of Applied Studies website.

Applicants to the B.A.S. program must have earned an Associate of Applied Arts (A.A.A.), an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), an Associate of Arts (A.A.), or an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree from a regionally accredited institution. They must have a minimum of 60 s.h. of approved transfer credit, which includes career-technical credit.

Students who have an A.A. degree from a two-year institution participating in articulation agreements with the University of Iowa are considered to have satisfied the B.A.S. core requirements, except for the business/management courses.

Applicants who graduated from an Iowa community college or Waldorf College must have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00; those who graduated from Black Hawk College in Illinois must have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.25; those who graduated from other institutions outside Iowa must have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.50.