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Bachelor of Applied Arts (B.A.A.)

This degree indicates achievement in one or more areas of applied knowledge.

This degree is also offered via Global Campus/CMU Online for selected majors.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30-42 hours)

See General Education Requirements.

Specialized Studies (50-100 hours)

Major in one of the following fields (30-72 hours):

*Administration Major
Advertising Major

Art Major: Studio Concentration

Broadcast & Cinematic Arts Major

Child Development Major

Communication Major

Communication Sciences and Disorders Major

Dance Studies Major

**Early Childhood Development and Learning Major

**Entrepreneurship Major

Exercise Science Major

Family Studies Major

Fashion Merchandising and Design Major: Fashion Design Concentration

Fashion Merchandising and Design Major: Fashion Merchandising Concentration

*Fashion Merchandising and Design Major: Product Development Concentration

*Fashion Merchandising and Design Major: Visual Merchandising Concentration

Health Administration Major
Integrative Public Relations Major

Interior Design Major

Journalism Major

Journalism Major: Public Relations Concentration

*Organizational Leadership Major

Photojournalism Major

Physical Activity Specialist Major

Public Health Education Major

Recreation: Outdoor and Environmental Recreation Concentration

Recreation: Recreation & Event Management Concentration

Recreation: Therapeutic Recreation Concentration

Sport Management Major
Theatre and Interpretation Major

Women and Gender Studies Major

Note: Certain majors require a particular minor or one chosen from a list of acceptable minors. See departments for major requirements.

*Offered via Global Campus/CMU Online only

**Also offered via Global Campus/CMU Online

Minor in any university approved minor or internship (20-30 hours):

Internship must be 20-30 hours and sponsored by the department of the major. Administration and registration may be through related disciplines but the responsibility of the internship requirements, parameters, etc., must be that of the department of the major.


The number of elective hours will vary depending upon the requirements for the major and minor. No more than 9 hours of electives taken from the same department as the student’s major field will count towards graduation requirements.

Minimum Total for Graduation: 120 hours

  • To graduate from CMU you must complete a minimum of 120 hours, at least 40 of which must be in courses numbered 300 or above. Please note: the combination of some majors and minors may require more than 120 hours for graduation.
  • Not all major/minor combinations are allowed. Please consult with a university advisor to confirm your choice.
  • No more than a total of 27 hours may be taken from the College of Business Administration and counted towards graduation. However, the 27 hour rule does not apply to Entrepreneurship majors.
  • You should read the requirements for graduation in this Bulletin for a complete description.