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
This program prepares students for professional acting careers, as well as graduate studies in performance.
Allied Health Major
Allied Health prepares students for a career or further graduate study in a broad range of allied health careers, applying scientific knowledge to 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.
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: Applied Mathematics, Applied Mathematics: Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics: Computer Science, and Applied Mathematics: Physics.
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.
BSN (Upper-Division Transfer Program)
The 2+2 Upper-Division 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.High Desert only
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: Archaeology and Biblical Hermeneutics.
Biochemistry majors gain a knowledge base of biology and chemistry to relate theories, problem-solving techniques, laboratory applications, and instrumentation procedures in this field of study.
Biology Majors learn traditional biology appropriate for entry into an accredited graduate program and apply the scientific method and appropriate biological knowledge and theories.
This program offers the following areas of study: Ecological, Microbiological, Molecular, Neurobiological, and Organismal.
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 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 including labor, environmental, and international issues.
Business Management Major
This degree develops competence in conceptual, human, and technical skills necessary to enter into both public- and private-sector organizations.
Chemistry students learn to apply basic knowledge, theories, and mathematical problem-solving approaches that aid modern discoveries in medicine, pharmacology, and toxicology.
Christian Ministries Major
Christian Ministries students are provided with a broad perspective in the field of religion and academic preparation combining theory and professional training.
This program offers the following areas of study: Church and Pastoral Ministries, Intercultural Christian Ministries, Ministry in Urban and Social Service Contexts, Sports Ministry, and Youth Outreach and Discipleship.
Cinematic Arts Major
The Cinematic Arts major offers four concentrations: Animation, Critical Studies, Entertainment Executive, and Production/Post. A minor is also available in Critical Studies.
Cinematic Arts Production Major
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 Studies Major
The communication studies 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 Arts 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, B.A. (bachelor’s completion)
Azusa Pacific’s bachelor’s completion program in criminal justice is designed for transfer students who have at least 30 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 problems by gaining experience in print design, webpage design, digital imaging, and developing design systems.
Digital Gaming and Interactive Media Major
Digital Gaming 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 economics major prepares students to think critically and analytically and prepares them to address complex problems in a wide variety of settings.
The Engineering major equips students with a solid foundation in engineering principals for a variety of fields including aerospace, agriculture, automotive, business, defense, energy, health care, and telecommunications.
This program offers the following areas of study: Systems Engineering and Computer 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 major equips students in 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.
History majors are instructed in human possibilities and limits through studies in American, European, and world history, as well as focused studies of various historical themes.
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.
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 degree allows students to design their bachelor’s degree for their individual career goals, based on an 18-unit core of classes 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 incorporates a liberal arts approach to the disciplines of politics and cultural interrelationships, surveying the dynamics of an interdependent global business environment.
International Relations Major
Through the international relations major, students learn how to make sense of global events, how both peaceful interaction and political crises shape the world, and to articulate Christian perspectives on relations between peoples and nations. Students are equipped 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, Media Studies, 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, Applied Exercise Science, and Physical Education.
LVN to BSN
The LVN to BSN program at Azusa Pacific University caters to working 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.Inland Empire and Monrovia only
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, Math, Music, Physical Education, Psychology, Science, Social Science, Spanish, and Special Education.
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: Instrumental and Choral.
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, Global Worship and Culture, Music Production, Performance, Visual Art and Graphic Design, and Youth Ministries.
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.
Political Science Major
The Political Science major prepares students to take an informed, intelligent, and leading role in the affairs of their community, country, and world.
Students in either the B.A. in Psychology or B.S. in Psychology attain a greater understanding of human behavior, acquiring skills applicable to a variety of professional areas or graduate and doctoral studies.
Psychology, B.A. (bachelor’s completion)
Azusa Pacific’s bachelor’s completion program in psychology is designed for transfer students who have at least 30 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 (also online)
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.
Religious Studies Major
This program provides a strong framework for students to engage people of other religious traditions respectfully and from a place of sincere Christian faith, awareness, and praxis.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Screenwriting degree is an intensive four-year training program designed to equip students for professional writing careers in the entertainment industry.
Social Science Major
This major provides future teachers an integrated study of social sciences which help develop analytical skill, comparative perspective, critical judgment, and a knowledge base about the world.
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 the 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 program seeks to guide student development in Spanish conversation, develop reading and compositional skills, and heighten cultural sensitivity.
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 three optional concentrations.
This program offers the following areas of study: Church History and Systematic Theology.
Visual Art Major
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.
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.
This program offers the following areas of study: Church and Pastoral Ministries Practices, Intercultural Christian Ministries, Ministry in Urban and Social Service Contexts, Sports Ministry, and Youth Outreach and Discipleship.