Whether pursuing a traditional undergraduate experience, or returning to school complete an accelerated bachelor’s degree, APU offers a variety of quality academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences. Study alongside expert faculty who pour knowledge into students, and benefit from the transformational education experience Azusa Pacific University is known for.
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The accounting major surveys the principles, theories, and concepts of the accounting profession while providing an intense review of the economic, quantitative, and managerial aspects of business.
Acting for the Stage and Screen Major (BFA)
This program prepares students for professional acting careers, as well as graduate studies in performance.
Allied Health Major
The Allied Health major prepares students for a career or further graduate study in a broad range of allied health fields by focusing on scientific knowledge in the subject areas of biology, anatomy, physiology, and associated scientific disciplines.
Animation and Visual Effects Major
The Bachelor of Arts in Animation and Visual Effects will prepare you to make a difference as a skilled animator and storyteller in an influential industry. Hone your artistic ability with courses covering animation’s many facets while making use of a state of the art animation lab, and cultivate your narrative techniques with a comprehensive cinematic arts curriculum.
This program offers the following areas of study: Animation and Visual Effects.
Applied Mathematics Major
Applied mathematics majors learn to solve problems from a variety of disciplines by developing mathematical models, applying computational algorithms, and analyzing results. Students choose from four concentrations: applied mathematics, applied mathematics: actuarial science (What does an actuary do?), applied mathematics: computer science, and applied mathematics: physics.
This program offers the following areas of study: Standard Applied Mathematics Track, Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Physics, and Statistics and Data Science.
Students take courses that provide a broad groundwork in the arts and select an area of specialization, choosing from a variety of courses to streamline their skills.
Art Major (BFA)
The BFA is the undergraduate degree highly desired by students serious about pursuing careers or advanced degrees in the visual arts. Students in this program have the flexibility to choose the concentration that is best suited to their academic and career goals.
This program offers the following areas of study: Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Interdisciplinary, Photography, and Sculpture.
BS in Nursing LVN to BSN
The BS in Nursing LVN to BSN program at Azusa Pacific University is designed for licensed nurses who want to further their skills and become leaders in the field. Students can complete the program in just two years, studying alongside a cohort of peers.
BS in Nursing Transfer
The BS in Nursing Transfer program allows students to transfer in coursework from other schools and complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in six consecutive semesters, including summers.
Biblical Studies Major
Biblical Studies students receive a solid foundation in philosophy, Christian theology and ministry, and the Bible.
This program offers the following areas of study: Biblical Archaeology and Biblical Hermeneutics.
Biochemistry majors gain knowledge in biology and chemistry and apply theories, problem-solving techniques, laboratory applications, and instrumentation procedures to better understand biochemical principles and living systems. This program offers the following areas of study: Pre-Health Professions and Research.
This program offers the following areas of study: Pre-Health Professions and Research.
Biological Sciences Major
Biological science majors acquire foundational knowledge of core biology topics and apply the scientific method, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to gain a deeper understanding of living organisms.
This program offers the following areas of study: Biological Systems, Ecological, and Cellular and Molecular.
Bridge to BSN
Designed for Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) students preparing to enter their final year at a community college, the Bridge to BSN sequential enrollment option allows students to get an early start on coursework for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Following completion of the ADN, students transition to Azusa Pacific to complete their BSN.
Business Analytics Major
This program equips students to use data science and data analytics to make wise business decisions, and gives them a chance to focus their studies on accounting, economics, finance, or marketing.
This program offers the following areas of study: Accounting, Economics, Finance, and Marketing.
Business Economics Major
The business economics major provides students analytical skills built on a strong general business foundation. This major focuses on business management responsibilities and the improvement in business decision making that comes from a deeper understanding of the economic environment of business.
Business Management Major
This degree develops competence in conceptual, human, and technical skills necessary to enter into both public- and private-sector organizations.
Chemistry majors learn to apply chemical knowledge, theories, mathematical problem-solving methods, laboratory techniques, and instrumental analysis to better understand the properties and reactivity of matter as well as practical applications of chemical reactivity.
Christian Ministries Major
Christian Ministries students gain a broad perspective in the field of religion, and academic preparation combining theory and professional training.
Cinematic Arts Major
This comprehensive program helps students develop a spiritually aware, critical, and creative outlook as they are immersed in hands-on filmmaking with state-of-the-art equipment and expert instruction by faculty-mentors with professional experience.
This program offers the following areas of study: Entertainment Executive, Production and Post, and Screen Studies.
Cinematic Arts Production Major (BFA)
The Cinematic Arts Production major is a robust BFA degree program that equips students with a range of production skills spanning producing, directing, cinematography, and editing.
Commercial Music Major
The Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music prepares students for careers in both the Christian and secular commercial music industry. Coursework maintains a real-world point of view, reflective of faculty who are primarily working professionals in the field of commercial music.
This program offers the following areas of study: Audio Recording Track, Composing/Arranging Track, Instrumental Performance Track, Music Business Track, and Vocal Performance Track.
Communication Management Major
The communication management major offers an in-depth study of communication in various contexts, including but not limited to classes in: rhetoric, argumentation, interpersonal communication, small group communication, organizational communication, conflict management, intercultural communication, and family communication.
The Bachelor of Music in Composition offers excellent preparation for graduate study or work as a professional composer. The program helps students discover a distinctive voice as they develop a portfolio of compositions. In addition to composition, courses in theory, music history, literature, conducting, and technology give students a thorough preparation in comprehensive musicianship.
Computer Information Systems Major
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS) provides a foundation for students planning a career in the analysis, design, and implementation of information systems.
Computer Science Major
The bachelor’s degree in computer science prepares students for graduate work in computer science and for careers in fields such as computer programming and software engineering.
Criminal Justice Major
The criminal justice major prepares students to apply knowledge of criminal justice and critical analysis of social problems to promote the equitable application of the law for all people and become ethical Christian leaders in public and private organizations intended to make communities safer.
Criminal Justice, BA (Bachelor’s Completion)
Azusa Pacific’s bachelor’s completion program in criminal justice is designed for transfer students who have at least 15 units and are interested in completing a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.
Design Studies Major
The design studies major prepares students to think creatively about visual communication challenges by gaining experience in print, digital, and UIUX design. Students study the design of communications, products, environments, systems, and services.
Digital Marketing and Design Major
This program prepares individuals to succeed in the digital marketing space and in social media marketing.
Digital Media and Communication, BA (Bachelor’s Completion)
Azusa Pacific’s bachelor’s completion program in digital media is designed for transfer students who have at least 15 units and are interested in completing a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media and Communication.
The engineering major equips students with a solid foundation in engineering principles for a variety of fields including aerospace, agriculture, automotive, business, defense, energy, health care, and telecommunications.
This program offers the following areas of study: Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Systems Engineering.
English students develop critical-thinking skills from extensive study of the world’s literature to further their ability to read, write, and analyze well.
This program offers the following areas of study: English Education.
This major equips students with the basic principles of entrepreneurship and innovation, preparing them for the 21st-century business world.
This program aims to equip students with the theoretical understanding and practical skills necessary to evaluate and direct decisions regarding the allocation of financial resources.
Games and Interactive Media Major
Games and Interactive Media students benefit from a well-rounded curriculum integrating storytelling, game mechanics, and technical art, preparing them for careers in the video game and interactive media industry.
The history major provides students with a solid foundation in American and world history, geography, research, and writing, while also allowing students to study their preferred time periods, regions, and historical themes. Upon graduation, students are equipped for numerous career paths that call for reasoning, the ability to analyze complex problems, well-developed writing skills, and familiarity with a variety of cultures.
Honors Humanities Major
For students in the Honors College, the humanities major replaces General Education requirements, allowing students to complete two majors if desired. The program consists of nine courses in which students focus on topics such as leadership, wisdom, and democracy. Throughout these classes, students study the Great Works, including Aristotle, C.S. Lewis, and Mary Wollstonecraft, learning to apply insights to contemporary times.
Human Resources and Organizational Development Major
This interdisciplinary program prepares students for careers in the growing field of human resources, equipping them with skills in managing benefits and policies, designing and leading employee training and development programs, and managing employee relations.
Integrated Bachelor’s and Teaching Credential
APU’s undergraduate teacher preparation program allows you to earn both a bachelor’s degree and preliminary K-12 California teaching credential in just four years, including one or two summers.
This program offers the following areas of study: Allied Health, Liberal Studies, and Math.
Interdisciplinary Studies Major
The interdisciplinary studies program allows students to design their bachelor’s degree for their individual career goals, based on an 18-unit core of courses focusing on identifying one’s vocation, as well as 36 units from the two to three fields of study the student chooses.
International Business Major
This major equips students to think critically and analytically in business, politics, and cultural interrelationships. Students learn how to survey the dynamics of an interdependent global business environment and solve complex problems in a wide variety of organizational settings.
International Relations Major
The international relations major teaches students how to make sense of global events, how both peaceful interaction and political crises shape the world, and how to articulate Christian perspectives on relations between peoples and nations. Upon graduation, students are prepared for roles in government, including foreign policy formulation or analysis, as well as vocations in international business and trade, foreign aid and development, military and security policy, and international law.
The journalism major offers an in-depth study of journalism, cultivating practical experience in writing, reporting, editing, and publication production and management. Students can choose from three concentrations: news and storytelling, media studies, and sports journalism.
This program offers the following areas of study: News and Storytelling and Sports Journalism.
Exercise, movement, and sport help others thrive by improving health, fitness, and quality of life across the life span. APU’s kinesiology major equips students for a variety of careers in these areas.
This program offers the following areas of study: Health Professions and Applied Exercise Science.
Liberal Studies Major
The liberal studies major provides future teacher candidates planning to be elementary school teachers with a broad knowledge base, making it possible to teach subjects up to a basic ninth-grade level.
This program offers the following areas of study: Art, English, Human Development: School Psychology Concentration, Human Development: Special Education Concentration, Math, Music, Science, Social Science, and Spanish.
The marketing major provides students with a strong general business foundation, plus marketing courses that address the primary functional concerns of marketing in industry and commerce.
The mathematics major is an ideal preparation for a variety of analytical careers. Mathematics majors often choose to minor in physics, computer science, finance, economics, business management, or some other discipline. Students who plan to teach at the secondary level should choose the secondary math education track, which waives the CSET exam.
This program offers the following areas of study: General Mathematics and Secondary Math Education.
Music Education (Pre-Teacher Certification) Major
The Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Pre-Teacher Certification) program trains future music teachers, offering preparation in the necessary skills, knowledge, and appropriate methodologies for success at all levels of music education within California.
This program offers the following areas of study: Choral and Instrumental.
The Bachelor of Arts in Music offers a comprehensive music education for students interested in teaching, performance, or music theory. The program includes an ensemble requirement and emphases that develop skills in composition and performance.
This program offers the following areas of study: Music Theory and Performance.
Music and Worship Major
The Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Music and Worship provides the student with a broad perspective in the field of music ministry and consists of academic preparation in music, Christian ministry, and practical theology. Graduates are given the tools needed to minister effectively in an ever-changing music ministry environment, and they are prepared for more specialized graduate study in music or Christian ministry.
This program offers the following areas of study: Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries, Composing/Songwriting, Fine Arts, Global Worship and Culture, Instrumental Performance, Music Production, and Vocal Performance.
The BSN (traditional program) is designed for recent high school graduates. Nursing students receive professional accreditation and clinical practice for their freshman through senior years, and are eligible for public health certification following graduation.
The Bachelor of Music in Performance program is tailored to students seeking a career in performance or pedagogy (private teaching), or who wish to pursue advanced degrees in performance.
This program offers the following areas of study: Brass, Wind, or Percussion, Guitar, Harp, Organ, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, or Bass, and Vocal.
Philosophy students gain historical perspectives on philosophical concepts, principles for careful thought, and study of specific topics.
Physics majors develop analytical skills and problem-solving abilities that prepare them for a wide variety of technical careers or further studies in physics, engineering, materials science, geophysics, biophysics, electronics, chemistry, or aerospace, or for a physics teaching career. Physics majors can earn a mathematics minor by taking just one additional math course.
This program offers the following areas of study: General Physics and Physics Secondary Education.
Political Science Major
The political science major furnishes students with a solid foundation in American government, politics, history, and classical and modern political thought, preparing them to take an informed, intelligent, and leading role in the affairs of their community, country, and world. Upon graduation, students enter careers in government, research, policy, law, military, and law enforcement.
Students in either the BA in Psychology or BS in Psychology attain a greater understanding of human behavior, acquiring skills applicable to a variety of professional areas or graduate and doctoral studies.
Psychology, BA (Bachelor’s Completion)
Azusa Pacific’s bachelor’s completion program in psychology is designed for transfer students who have at least 15 units and are interested in completing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Public Relations Major
The Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations prepares students to become outstanding public relations professionals and difference makers in the field. Focusing on a combination of theory and practice, students gain knowledge and skills needed to succeed in public relations careers such as nonprofit and social causes, sports PR, event planning, and public relations in entertainment.
RN to BSN
This accelerated program for registered nurses sharpens clinical skills and focuses on organizational, managerial, and communication abilities that lead to more thorough patient care and increased leadership responsibility. An online program is also available.
RN to BSN Integrative Enrollment Pathway
APU’s RN to BSN Integrative Enrollment Pathway is an online option for students enrolled in the Associate’s Degree in Nursing program at Pasadena City College.
This program equips students for professional writing careers in the entertainment industry.
Social Science Major
The social science major supplies students with an integrated study of the social sciences—history, political science, geography, economics, sociology, and psychology—which helps them develop analytical skills, comparative perspectives, critical judgment, and a knowledge base about the world. Upon graduation, students will have completed a subject-matter program in social science approved the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, allowing them to bypass the CSET exam and begin pursuing teaching at the high school or junior high school level.
Social Work Major
The social work major prepares students with knowledge, values, and skills for generalist social work professional practice in work with diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities, both locally and globally.
Sociology students study a broad range of social behaviors from intimate family to hostile mob, from crime to religion, and from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture.
The Spanish major prepares students to thrive in the Spanish-speaking world, equipping them with language skills, cultural knowledge, understanding of current events, and direct experience living and working abroad.
Theater Arts Major
This program offers a broad range of courses that focus on education, design and technical production, directing, playwriting, drama ministry, and theater for social change.
Theology majors will be equipped for further theological studies, service in the Church, and participation in the concrete work of justice in today’s world by thoughtful devotion to the God of the Gospel. Students may also choose from two optional concentrations.
This program offers the following areas of study: Church History and Systematic Theology.
Youth and Family Ministries Major
Youth and family ministries students gain tools to develop a ministry of theory and practice to apply in future church leadership roles.