Online General Studies Courses and Degrees
Learn about online general studies degree programs. Continue reading to find out more about what courses may be included and how an online program works.
What You Should Know
Online general studies courses can help students complete degree requirements when they have had varied collegiate or career experiences. Flexibility is the best feature of these courses, which can be adjusted to meet your scheduling, pacing, and traveling needs. A wide variety of programs and courses exist, so students can craft a curriculum tailored to them.
|Degrees||Associate's and bachelor's degrees in general studies, liberal arts, or humanities|
|Courses||Various courses in the humanities, social sciences, and business|
|Programs||Customizable based on student needs and experience|
Why Should I Get a General Studies Degree Online?
A general studies degree, such as an Associate of Arts or Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, might be right if you have previous college credits and want to complete an undergraduate degree online. It may also be a solution if you've taken college classes in a variety of disciplines but don't have enough courses to meet the requirements for another major. You may have attended different schools and can't fulfill residency requirements for an on-campus program.
If you may have military training that can be transferred into college credit, a general studies program can work. Most bachelor's degree programs in general studies allow you to transfer 60 or more credit hours from an accredited 2-year school. Whatever the reason, you can work with advisors to create your own individualized liberal arts degree program that accommodates your prior training and your schedule.
What Courses Will I Take?
Some general studies programs focus on the humanities and social sciences, while others allow you to build your curriculum around three areas of study that interest you most. For example, you may choose to create a program that combines the humanities and social sciences with electives in business. In order to ensure that you receive a well-rounded general education, most online programs require you to take or transfer core courses in:
- English composition
- Advanced algebra
- Humanities (history, philosophy or religion)
- Behavioral sciences (anthropology, psychology or sociology)
- Social sciences (economics, geography or political science)
- Natural sciences (biology, chemistry or physics)
- Fine arts
Concentration options and electives could be available in such areas as accounting, American history, communication and criminal justice.
How Do Online Programs Work?
Typically, you can apply to a program, attend orientation, register for and take classes without ever coming to campus. Once you're admitted, many programs allow you to enroll in Web classes at any time. Some online courses are self-directed, letting you work at your own pace and allowing you to take up to nine months to complete each class. Other distance learning courses are eight weeks in duration but are still asynchronous so you can access them at any time of the day or night. Such courses may still have deadlines for assignments and projects.