The bachelor's degree in general studies program provides students with a unique educational experience that combines formal and informal learning in a way that enhances each student’s overall learning experience.

General Studies offers course options from the Humanities, Business, Visual & Performing Arts, and Social Sciences Areas, to supplement courses from the Liberal Arts Core. All of the courses comprising this program are offered 100% online.

The goal of the General Studies bachelor's degree is to provide fundamental knowledge in the areas of Communication, Collaboration and Community that serves as a basis for a capstone research paper.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Communication: Students will examine and understand the social, historical, practical and inter-cultural nature of communications, including digital and social media, public relations, web design, and marketing.
  • Collaboration: Students will demonstrate familiarity with the language of management, the various theories and dynamics of individual and group behavior, and cross-cultural perspectives within organizations and management styles.
  • Community: Students will gain a broad understanding of global and local communities, and their associated complexities and challenges, including domestic violence, addiction, oppression, social diversity, prejudice and fiscal and social justice.

Required Major Core

Complete at least 34 s.h. from courses in the areas below, including a minimum of two courses in each area of study (Communication, Collaboration, and Community).

Communication At most one course in this area can be at the 200 level.

  • - Web Design (3 s.h.)
  • - Principles of Marketing (3 s.h.)
  • - Intercultural Communication (3 s.h.)
  • - Media Writing (3 s.h.)
  • - Professional & Technical Writing (3 s.h.)
  • - Creative Writing (3 s.h.)
  • - Creative Writing II (3 s.h.)
  • - Communication, Language, & Grammar **Designated Honors Course** (3 s.h.)
  • - Advanced Composition (3 s.h.)
  • - Language and Society (3 s.h.)
  • - Media Survey (3 s.h.)
  • - Social Media for Public Relations and Marketing (3 s.h.)
  • - Digital Strategy & Web Analytics (3 s.h.)
  • - Email Marketing (3 s.h.)
  • - First Semester Spanish (3 s.h.)
  • - Second Semester Spanish (3 s.h.)
  • - Third Semester Spanish (3 s.h.)
  • - Fourth Semester Spanish (3 s.h.)

Collaboration At most one course in this area can be at the 200 level.

  • - Principles of Management (3 s.h.)
  • - International Business Cultures (3 s.h.)
  • - Retail Management (3 s.h.)
  • - International Business (3 s.h.)
  • - Advanced Excel for Business App (2 s.h.)
  • - Operations Management (3 s.h.)
  • - Organizational Theory & Behavior (3 s.h.)
  • - Selected Topics (1-4 s.h.)
  • - Leadership in Organizations (3 s.h.)
  • - Ethics and the Law (3 s.h.)
  • - World Criminal Justice Systems (3 s.h.)
  • - Digital Humanities & the Ethics of Technology (3 s.h.) or
    • - Digital Humanities & the Ethics of Technology (3 s.h.) or
    • - Digital Humanities & the Ethics of Technology (3 s.h.)
  • - Ethical Issues in Sports (3 s.h.)
  • - Contemporary World Events (3 s.h.)
  • - Ancient World History (3 s.h.)
  • - Medieval World History (3 s.h.)
  • - Ethics (3 s.h.)
  • - International Relations (3 s.h.)
  • - Comparative Politics (3 s.h.)
  • - World Geography (3 s.h.)
  • - Religions of the World (3 s.h.)
  • - World Missions (3 s.h.)
  • - Christianity and Culture **Designated Honors Course** (3 s.h.)

Community At most one course in this area can be at the 200 level.

  • - Global Literature: Origins and Intersections (3 s.h.)
  • - British Literature: Origins and Intersections (3 s.h.)
  • - American Literature: Survey I (3 s.h.)
  • - British Literature: Survey II (3 s.h.)
  • - American Literature: Survey II (3 s.h.)
  • - Literature for Children & Adolescents (3 s.h.)
  • - Evolving Canons (3 s.h.)
  • - Intro to Philosophy (3 s.h.)
  • - Political Philosophy (3 s.h.)
  • - Philosophy of Religion (3 s.h.)
  • - Social Problems (3 s.h.)
  • - Family (3 s.h.)
  • - Social Diversity (3 s.h.)
  • - Delinquency and Criminology (3 s.h.)
  • - Deviant Behavior (3 s.h.)
  • - Sociology of Sport (3 s.h.) or
    • - Sociology of Sport (3 s.h.)
  • - Special Topics (3 s.h.)
  • - Addiction and Recovery (3 s.h.)
  • - International Social Work (3 s.h.)
  • - Domestic Violence (3 s.h.)
  • - History Of Christianity (3 s.h.)
  • - Sociology of Religion (3 s.h.) or
    • - Sociology Of Religion (3 s.h.)
  • - Christianity in America **Designated Honors Course** (3 s.h.) or
    • - Christianity in America (3 s.h.)
  • - Paul's Prison Letters (3 s.h.)
  • - Faith and World View (3 s.h.)

Required Capstone

Complete the following course.

  • - General Studies Major Capstone (1 s.h.)

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