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Bachelor of Gen. Studies

Bachelor of General Studies Online


Program Overview

Insights Into Our Online Bachelor of General Studies Program


Make the most out of your education and discover a personalized degree plan that fits you in the A-State online Bachelor of General Studies program. If you have prior coursework and/or professional experience, this 100% online BGS program is designed for you. Our uniquely tailored course design and broad emphasis on critical thinking will help prepare you for today's marketplace.

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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BGS Emphasis Areas (.PDF)

BGS Course Schedule (.PDF)

In-Demand Skills:

Learn industry-relevant skills that employers seek

  • Communication Skills
  • Customer Service
  • Organizational Skills
  • 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:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals with a bachelor’s in general studies are projected to grow 5.7% from 2019 to 2029 and will result in about 280,684 new jobs nationwide.

Also available:

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A-State is ranked #6

among the “Top 10 Best Colleges in Arkansas” by Collegechoice.net, 2020

Tuition

Our Affordable Program Tuition Includes Fees


Our Bachelor of General Studies online program offers the same affordable tuition to all U.S. residents. Administrative fees are included in the tuition.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $258
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Tuition Per Course $774
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

Dates You Need to Know


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
Spring 2021 7 wk 01/12/2021 02/26/2021 12/16/2020 12/18/2020 01/07/2021 01/08/2021 02/12/2021
7 wk 03/08/2021 04/30/2021 02/22/2021 02/26/2021 03/04/2021 03/05/2021 04/16/2021
Summer 2021 5 wk 06/01/2021 07/02/2021 05/17/2021 05/21/2021 05/27/2021 05/28/2021 06/18/2021
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 09/25/2021
7 wk 10/18/2021 12/10/2021 10/04/2021 10/08/2021 10/14/2021 10/15/2021 11/27/2021
Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from A-State?

Admissions

Steps to Being Admitted to Our Online Program


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

When the student has:

  • Less 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.

Test scores are valid for five years from date of exam.

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.

IDS 4013: Seminar in Professional Development

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Required for all BSIS majors. Must be senior level status to enroll (90 or more earned hours).

IDS 4023: Leadership in the Profession

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Capstone experience is designed to ensure BSIS graduates synthesize the learning objectives embedded in the BSIS program and gain the necessary skills to be market-ready including professional-level communications and critical thinking skills. The special problems research project is centered on students' emphasis area(s).

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 any higher-level Mathematics course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite.

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: World Literature to 1660

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: World Literature Since 1660

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: Introduction to 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!”

Sarah Cooper


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