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Bachelor of Gen. Studies

Bachelor of General Studies Online


Program Overview

Explore the Versatility of Our Online Bachelor of General Studies Program


Maximize your prior education and craft a personalized degree plan with the A-State Online Bachelor of General Studies program. With a broad emphasis on critical thinking, this tailored program prepares you for a myriad of career opportunities.

icon $258 Per Credit Hour
icon Up to 90 Transfer Credits
icon 120 Credit Hours
icon $258 Per Credit Hour
icon Up to 90 Transfer Credits
icon 120 Credit Hours
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One of the most versatile degrees offered, the A-State Online Bachelor of General Studies program allows students to build on prior coursework and explore various interests, while providing working professionals with a convenient means to gain academic credentials for career advancement. The program combines work-relevant skills with multidisciplinary courses in communications, math, science and the arts and humanities.

Complete your degree quickly by transferring up to 90 eligible credit hours of prior college coursework. Customize your studies to your interests by working with your advisor to choose up to 73 credit hours of elective courses. Your academic focus can be narrow or broad, as you develop a strong educational foundation and critical knowledge base.

Give Your Career Endless Versatility

Learn to think critically, communicate and collaborate effectively and solve problems creatively and strategically. These core competencies are essential across a wide range of industries and professions.

In-Demand Skills:

Gain the knowledge and industry-relevant skills employers seek:

  • Effective communications
  • Customer service
  • Organizational tactics
  • Scheduling
  • Sales management

Top Careers:

Prepare for a broad range of professional roles, including:

  • Account Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Benefits Advisor
  • Copywriter
  • Brand Manager

Projected Job Growth:

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of individuals with a bachelor's in general studies to grow 6.4% from 2019 to 2029.

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Tuition

You May Qualify for a Financial Aid Package


A-State's online programs are affordable and convenient. You may also qualify for financial aid. Learn more.

The Bachelor of General Studies online program offers the same low, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $258
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Tuition Per Course $774

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Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$218.00 $40.00 $258.00 $654.00 $120.00 $774.00

Calendar

A-State Online Dates and Deadlines


Our Bachelor of General Studies online program is flexible and convenient—featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates per year.

Next Start & Application Due Dates:

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Summer 2021 5 wk 07/06/2021 08/06/2021 06/21/2021 06/25/2021 07/01/2021 07/02/2021 07/23/2021
Fall 2021 7 wk 08/24/2021 10/08/2021 08/09/2021 08/13/2021 08/19/2021 08/20/2021 09/24/2021
7 wk 10/18/2021 12/10/2021 10/04/2021 10/08/2021 10/14/2021 10/15/2021 11/26/2021
Spring 2022 7 wk 01/11/2022 02/25/2022 12/15/2021 12/17/2021 01/06/2022 01/07/2022 02/11/2022
7 wk 03/07/2022 04/29/2022 02/21/2022 02/25/2022 03/03/2022 03/04/2022 04/15/2022
Summer 2022 5 wk 05/31/2022 07/01/2022 05/16/2022 05/20/2022 05/26/2022 05/27/2022 06/17/2022
5 wk 07/05/2022 08/05/2022 06/20/2022 06/24/2022 06/30/2022 07/01/2022 07/22/2022
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Admissions

What You'll Need to Apply to A-State Online


A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Students who are interested in the Bachelor of General Studies online program should review and follow the requirements for admission below.

  • When completing the online application, select 100% online student and then complete all the steps in the application process.
  • Select three emphasis areas and submit this form.
  • Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit an official High School Transcript with at least a 2.75 GPA or GED score of 500 (if taken prior to 2002) or 525 (if taken in or since 2002). The High School/GED requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 13 or more transferrable college credit hours.
  • Submit official Test Scores (e.g., ACT and SAT). Test scores are considered official if they are delivered directly to us from a testing center or from your high school on your official transcript. Test scores are valid for a period of five years from the date of the exam. The test score requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 24 or more transferrable college credit hours.
    • ACT test scores of 21 or greater on the composite score as well as 19 on the Math, Reading, and English sub-scores
    • SAT test score of 1070
  • Cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework.
  • No remediation courses are available for this program. If a student does not show test scores that clear the need for remediation, they must show completion of or readiness for the following program courses:
    • English requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of English Composition I, English Composition II, or Writing Fundamentals with a grade of C or better.
    • Math requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of College Algebra or Intermediate Algebra with a grade of D or better.
  • No conditional admission status is available for this program.
  • Foreign born students must submit an attested or notarized copy of their high school diploma in English. Students seeking to transfer from a non-U.S. university or college must submit official transcripts from these institutions. Transcripts will be evaluated by Arkansas State University. Proof of English proficiency may be required.

Additional Information

Students who have attended any other institution of higher education must meet the following requirements.

For students who have:

  • Fewer than 12 college hours: Submit official final high school transcript and official test scores.
  • 13 - 23 college hours: Have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts and official test scores.
  • 24 or more college hours: Have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
c/o Central Receiving
2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses

The Degree Plan for Our General Studies Online Program


To earn your Bachelor of General Studies, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. The program includes 38 credit hours of general education courses, 9 credit hours of major courses and 73 credit hours of elective courses. Students can finish faster by transferring previously earned credit hours. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated during the admission process.

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.

IDS 3013: Critical Thinking in the Profession

Duration: 14 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Exploration of the role of critical thinking in a range of professional settings through reading, writing and communication using technology, professionally-prepared materials, and statistical charts. Basic overview of the research writing process is included. Prerequisites, ENG 1013, and ISBA 1503 or CS 1013.

IDS 4013: Seminar in Professional Development

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Capstone experience is designed to ensure BSIS students meet their individualized educational goals upon graduation. Students will develop and articulate employment skills for each area of study and enhance workplace skills including professional-level reading, writing and communications. Open to any student with senior-level standing (90 or more earned college credits).

IDS 4023: Leadership in the Profession

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Independent study of a specific problem in a professional setting relevant to one or more of a student’s BSIS emphasis areas. Student will present a formal plan of action using solutions grounded in leadership theory. Prerequisites, ENG 1013, IDS 3013, and ISBA 1503 or CS 1013.

Students must take 73 credit hours of electives to satisfy the 120 credit hours required for this program. Courses may be chosen with the assistance of an advisor and per your degree plan. Electives can come from any courses offered so long as prerequisites are met.

Students must take the following courses.

First-year course - Students must take the following Making Connections online course.

UC 1013: Making Connections

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Required course for all first semester freshmen. Course content is centered around the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful ASU student, including academic performance, problem solving, critical thinking, self-management and group building skills, university policies and other relevant issues.

Communication Requirement:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of the following courses.

ENG 1003: Composition I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013.

ENG 1013: Composition II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation.

Mathematics Requirement:

Students must complete 3 credit hours of either College Algebra or any higher-level mathematics course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite.

MATH 1023: College Algebra

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, and miscellaneous topics. No credit given if taken following MATH 1054.

MATH 1043: Quantitative Reasoning

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Quantitative Reasoning Quantitative reasoning as the approach to understanding relationships using mathematical and algebraic methodologies. Contemporary topics will be used to identify, analyze, generalize, and communicate quantitative relationships.

Arts and Humanities Requirement:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of Arts and Humanities courses.

ENG 2003: Introduction to World Literature I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.

ENG 2013: Introduction to World Literature II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.

MUS 2503: Fine Arts – Music

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal musical training or experience. A study of musical styles and composers and their cultural and historical contexts.

Social Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 9 credit hours of Social Sciences courses. At least one course must be selected from POSC 2103, SOC 2213 or HIST 2773.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

SOC 2213: Principles of Sociology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Human society and social behavior.

PSY 2013: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

Life Science Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Life Science courses, including one course and one lab.

BIO 1003: Biological Science

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The major characteristics and processes of life emphasizing the human organism. Promotes understanding of diversity and unity among living organisms with focus on ecological interactions and responsibilities of people within their social and natural environment. Lecture three hours per week. Special course fees may apply. Must be taken with BIO 1001.

BIO 1001: Biological Science Lab

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Laboratory, must be taken with BIO 1003. There will be a fee when purchasing the LabKit. Please visit the tuition and fees page for pricing.

Physical Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Physical Science courses, including one course and one lab.

CHEM 1043: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry I

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to selected fundamental concepts including dimensional analysis, mole concept, atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular interactions, gases, mixtures, kinetics, equilibrium and acid base chemistry. Fall, Summer.

CHEM 1041: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry Lab

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 1

Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall, Summer.

“If you want a degree that fits your every need, this is it. It's a well-rounded program that covers the general sciences, English, arts, math — it covers it all!”

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