Department of Applied Arts & Sciences
The Department of Applied Arts & Sciences offers the following programs:
- Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences — Available in on-campus and online, this program takes special advantage of the interdisciplinary thinking cultivated at MIU, where we study the fundamental principles of intelligence and consciousness at the basis of all disciplines. This view is introduced in the first course in the major, Exploring Consciousness, and then further elaborated throughout the major. Two later courses specifically look at the integration of human physiology with consciousness and the integration of physics with consciousness. In a final senior project, students demonstrate their ability to integrate two or more fields based on their deepening knowledge and experience of consciousness.
The major also focuses on holistic personal development, both from the standpoint of general intelligence and from the standpoint of the skills essential for workplace success, including, for example, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, written and oral communication, and health. This program especially supports students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degree by transferring credit from other universities without a large concentration in a discipline.
The online offering includes recorded videos as well as live webinars and online forums that give students the opportunity to interact with the faculty and with other students. The flexible schedule and availability online mean that those with jobs and family can study while continuing with their present responsibilities. Progress as quickly or as slowly as you choose – students can take as few as four or as many as 20 units per semester (essentially full-time). Which courses and how many you take is up to you and your schedule.
- Individualized Major baccalaureate program — Students may propose an individually designed major that takes advantage of the courses offered across two or more departments of the university.
- Bachelor’s Specializations — Students who complete 32 credits of study from another department of MIU may take their Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree with a specialization in that field.
- Minor in World Peace — This 20-credit interdisciplinary minor draws on coursework in several departments
- Studies in Exercise and Sports Science — Courses in Exercise and Sports Science are administered through this department.
- Studies in Education — The Applied Arts & Sciences Department hosts the offering of a credit-bearing course that includes instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique, and it houses the courses on Consciousness-Based Education for faculty and graduate instructors.