The Best Online Bachelor’s in General Studies Programs

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A bachelor’s degree in general studies gives students a broad foundation, ideal for those who prefer not to choose a specific major. A general studies degree is also great for those who have completed some college coursework and wish to earn a degree without specializing in a specific field. Graduates of general studies online programs increase their earning potential and gain the ability to enter fields which require a bachelor’s degree. The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites the average annual salary of an arbitrator, mediator, and conciliator within the legal system at $59,770, only one of many potential occupations for graduates with a bachelor’s degree in general studies.

The general studies degree originated in Europe under the Latin designation studium generale. General studies students complete a broad range of courses in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A general studies curriculum is created on a case-by-case basis to complement the student’s previous coursework.

Students earning their general studies degree online complete a host of math, science, and art classes; most colleges insist on a balanced approach. A bachelor’s in general studies degree holds the same value as any other liberal arts degree and is a popular choice for people who consider themselves generalists, in terms of personality and intellectual style.

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1 University of North Dakota 67.94 N/A Grand Forks, ND

The state's oldest and largest university, the University of North Dakota offers about 225 areas of study to its approximately 15,000 students. UND has a long history of providing distance learning opportunities to its students, beginning with correspondence courses by mail in 1911. UND's online learning is affordable and includes degree programs in fields such as communication, engineering, and the social sciences.

UND's 125-credit bachelor of general studies provides students with a broad liberal arts education in natural sciences and math, humanities, social sciences, and fine arts.

The 100% online program develops students’ critical thinking and oral and written communication skills, while fostering their familiarity with other cultures. This general studies degree online provides a virtual classroom in which students interact with faculty and peers, and students pay in-state tuition regardless of where they live. Student support services for online learning include online tutoring, e-library, tech support, and advising services.

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2 Brigham Young University-Idaho 65.19 N/A Rexburg, ID

Grounded in its affiliation with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young University-Idaho provides its students with a learning environment where they can embrace their faith while receiving a quality education. The institution serves approximately 33,000 online students enrolled in BYU-Idaho’s six online associate programs, 11 bachelor’s degree programs, and more than 300 online courses.

BYU-Idaho's bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies allows students to design their own degree by incorporating courses from multiple disciplines. Students in this online general studies degree must complete the 40-credit BYU-Idaho Foundations program and choose one of three options: two concentrations (one concentration is 30 to 36 credits), a concentration and a minor (a minor consists of 20 to 25 credits), or a concentration and two clusters (a cluster consists of 12 to 15 credits). Available concentrations include business, computer information technology, and healthcare administration; minors include business, communication, English, and marriage and family studies.

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3 Georgia Southern University 65.06 N/A Statesboro, GA

A dedication to academic excellence and a fertile learning environment is the promise of Georgia Southern University to its students. Georgia Southern, with approximately 20,000 students, offers approximately 120 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. Online learning is delivered via blended (hybrid) courses and those 100% online, including the school's bachelor of interdisciplinary studies degree program.

This 126-credit general studies online degree is multidisciplinary and prepares students for a number of careers in addition to graduate school. Students are required to build a degree program by choosing three areas of study (at least 26 credits) from the following subjects: business, criminal justice, sociology, writing, public administration, and music (non-performance, and delivered in the summer). The program is designed with flexibility in mind--the program ideal for transfer students, working adults, and stay-at-home parents. A roster of faculty mentors and academic advisors are on hand to help online students succeed.

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4 Indiana Wesleyan University 64.21 N/A Marion, IN

An evangelical Christian college, Indiana Wesleyan University provides its students with educational programming committed to the liberal arts and professional education. IWU offers more than 80 undergraduate and 38 graduate degree programs, with 3,000 students attending courses on campus in Marion, and more than 10,000 adult learners engaged in learning at IWU's centers in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and online.

The school's online options include its bachelor of science in general studies, a program that can be completed in as little as 18 months. This 120-credit online general studies degree includes 30 credits of liberal arts. As they build a degree program, students select from a number of concentrations, including business, communications, history, marketing, and math. Students, who meet online once per week, apply previous academic work to complete the degree, use top-quality learning software tools, and learn problem solving and collaboration skills in a eLearning environment.

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5 Minot State University 64.16 N/A Minot, ND

Located in north central North Dakota, Minot State University is committed to individual student success with a curriculum that is rigorous while remaining one of the most affordable in the nation. In classes with a student-teacher ratio of 14:1, MSU’s students have a catalog of about 60 undergraduate majors and several graduate degrees in areas ranging from criminal justice and management to the sciences and nursing.

MSU Online has been offering its students online learning options for 18 years, and nine of the school's undergraduate degree programs are now entirely online. The 120-credit bachelor of general studies is a degree completion program with general education requirements and upper-level coursework. Through individualized curricula, this general studies degree online allows students to identify educational goals and build a program to achieve them. Admission requires 60 credits from a four-year institution. Due to the nature of the degree, BGS students cannot declare a major, minor, or concentration.

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6 Liberty University 62.73 N/A Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University offers its students a blend of world-class educational programming and Christian principles. The largest university in Virginia, LU offers 271 online programs to approximately 94,000 online learners, far exceeding its residential enrollment of 15,000 students. Of the 74 undergraduate degree programs delivered online is the bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies, a program designed for adult learners who already have college credit.

The 120-hour online general studies degree allows students to apply previous academic and work experiences to complete a baccalaureate degree. The degree requires 45 credits in the major, which can be earned in two to three areas of study, such as accounting, crisis counselling, management information systems, psychology, and religion. Note that at least 30 credits must be taken through LU, with 50% (24 credits) of the major coming from LU. With tuition among the lowest of top online college, Liberty is a particularly affordable institution.

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7 University of Missouri-Columbia 62.54 N/A Columbia, MO

The University of Missouri, commonly referred to as Mizzou, is the state’s most comprehensive university with more than 300 degree programs administered through 18 colleges and schools. The school’s enrollment of 33,000 students have 89 online options in various disciplines from which to choose.

The 120-credit bachelor of general studies degree program is delivered 100% online and covers general studies, an arts and science foundation, a 45-credit major, electives, and a three-credit capstone project. Courses are either eight or 16 weeks in length with specific start and end dates. Self-paced courses can be enrolled in at anytime and students can take up to six months to complete them. Note that students transferring to Mizzou typically need only 66 credit hours from other regionally accredited institutions to complete this general studies program online. Mizzou offers tuition reduction for community college graduates, and military service members and their dependents.

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8 Andrews University 62.21 N/A Berrien Springs, MI

Andrews University’s curriculum places an emphasis on scholarship, high-quality research, and Seventh-day Adventist Christianity. The Michigan-based institution’s enrollment of approximately 3,360 student represents 92 countries. Andrews offers 30 undergraduate and 70 graduate programs in classrooms with a student-faculty ratio of 10:1.

Online learning options include the 124-credit bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in general studies, a degree completion program for working adults. Students must complete the program's general education requirements and at least 39 credits for the BS, and 33 credits for the BA. Students planning to take the BS program must complete the Andrews Core Experience requirements. Among the outcomes of this general studies degree online is to foster students’ communication, critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills; the mastering of content in the chosen discipline/s; and the ability to articulate a Christian worldview. Students can transfer up to 62 credits and earn credits via the Credit for Prior Learning program.

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9 University of Nebraska at Omaha 62.08 N/A Omaha, NE

The University of Nebraska Omaha, the state's premier metropolitan college, touts a learning environment in which students may excel academically and nurture the mentorships necessary for success--and all at highly competitive rates. Online learning at UNO includes nationally ranked programs delivered asynchronously, with students enjoying easy access to critical resources like advising and library services.

The school's online bachelor of general studies accommodates the needs of busy adults, including transfers and military personnel. This online general studies degree offers students 50 areas of study from which to choose to satisfy career goals, graduate school interests, or personal aspirations. In addition to the 41-credit general education core, students must either earn one 30-credit area of concentration and two secondary fields worth 12 credits each, or earn three areas of emphasis, each worth 15 credits. Areas of concentration are comprehensive, ranging from aviation to gerontology to urban studies.

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10 Drexel University 61.90 N/A Philadelphia, PA

A tradition of excellence and innovation has been foundational to programming at Drexel University since its establishment by philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel in 1891. Originally a small institute, Drexel is now a comprehensive global institution offering a plethora of online degree and certificate programs tailored to the needs of busy professionals who want to advance their careers or education. The school's bachelor of science in general studies is an individualized studies program wherein students focus broadly on the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. The program has a 36-credit liberal studies requirement combined with a 46 credit specialization requirement. In total, the program requires the completion of 18 credits.

The general studies degree online, only available on a part-time basis, is delivered in four 10-week quarters per year, allowing students to take more classes. Up to 90 credits can be transferred from a regionally accredited institution. Admission requires at least 24 college credits with grade 'C' or better and at least a cumulative 2.5 GPA.

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11 Texas Tech University 61.14 N/A Lubbock, TX

The four-institution Texas Tech University System's flagship college, Texas Tech University is home to about 36,500 students in Lubbock. Approximately 150 undergraduate, 100 master's, and 50 doctoral programs are administered through 10 colleges, a graduate school and school of law. The 120-hour bachelor of general studies is one of Texas Tech’s online learning options.

TTU's general studies degree online is an interdisciplinary program in which students may design a program to meet their career aspirations or for graduate studies. Courses are chosen from three areas of study (each at least 18 credits) among established minors in the school’s catalog. Online areas of study (minors) include English, health professions, math, human sciences, and political science. The three areas of study must form a specialization that is not presently available at Texas Tech. Admission into the program requires a minimum 2.0 GPA and credits may be transferred from a regionally accredited institution.

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12 South Dakota State University 59.95 N/A Brookings, SD

South Dakota State University is the the state’s largest institution of higher learning with more than 180 fields of study in disciplines ranging from aerospace to education. Foundational to the school’s programming are excellent academics, experiential learning, and affordable tuition. SDSU offers a number of fully online programs designed to meet the needs of busy adults. The online classroom experience includes flexibility and student engagement with professors via e-mail and discussion forums.

The SDSU's bachelor of general studies affords students with at least 60 college credits an opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree. Students in this online general studies bachelor degree choose at least three focus areas (15 credits each) totalling 45 credits. Areas of study include allied health, education, business, social science, and technology. Students also hone their communication, problem-solving, and analytical skills while advancing their career options and upward mobility.

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13 University of South Dakota 57.88 N/A Vermillion, SD

At the University of South Dakota, students benefit from all the resources that come along with a flagship educational institution yet also enjoy a small college feel. While many of the school’s 10,038 students pursue their education on USD’s campus in Vermillion and other educational sites, others engage in online learning. USD’s more than 40 online programs--in areas such as education, healthcare, addiction studies, and business--are accredited and affordable, with students out-of-state paying in-state tuition.

The 120-credit online Bachelor of General Studies is a degree completion program for individuals with at last 60 transferable college credits. In addition to general education requirements, students must select 15 credits each from three areas of study totalling 45 credits. Areas of study include allied health, fine arts, social science, and technology. In addition to taking classes online, students may take on-site classes at Vermillion or at the school's other locations. Overall, students must complete 30 credits at USD for this general studies degree online.

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14 Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis 57.53 N/A Indianapolis, IN

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI) is the state’s top urban public research institution, offering learners a comprehensive catalog of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a range of disciplines. Online learning at IUPUI includes fully online and hybrid programs using cutting-edge technologies, technologies that offer great flexibility as students design class schedules in partnership with advisors.

IUPUI's bachelor of general studies is a multidisciplinary program of study incorporating traditional requirements in liberal arts and sciences, while giving students the opportunity to customize a college degree. Students choose courses in three areas of study--arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, and science and math--to meet their career and educational goals. The general studies online degree is designed for those seeking to complete a degree, transfer students, or those seeking an alternative degree completion path.

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15 Southern New Hampshire University 57.49 N/A Manchester, NH

A private institution based in Manchester, Southern New Hampshire University’s student body includes more than 75,000 online learners. One of the fastest-growing colleges in the nation, SNHU’s catalog of approximately 200 online degrees and certificates span a comprehensive range of disciplines.

SNHU's 120-credit bachelor of arts in general studies is a degree completion program geared to strengthen a variety of student skills, such as communication and critical thinking. Students in this general studies degree online program choose from a number of concentrations. Available concentrations include accounting, psychology, sport management, business, and creative writing. Students may transfer up to 90 credits from a regionally accredited institution toward this degree program. Students at SNHU enjoy some of the lowest tuition costs in the nation, access online programming 24/7, and regularly meet with academic and career advisors. Note that active-duty service members and spouses are eligible for a 30% tuition discount.

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16 Murray State University 57.10 N/A Murray, KY

A top regional university, Murray State University offers 245 academic majors and programs ranging from physics to accounting to music, many delivered in an online format. Available 24/7, online programming at Murray State is taught by the school’s top-notch faculty and features many opportunities for interaction via e-mail and online discussion.

The school's 120-credit bachelor of integrated studies is designed for learners who have completed at least two years of college. This online general studies program provides students with the opportunity to create a personalized approach to their studies and is particularly useful for learners who have already established a career (and who do not need specific credentials in order to find a new one). The field of study--which may be interdisciplinary, a traditional major or minor, or self-structured--includes an 18-credit concentration. Field of study options span numerous disciplines, ranging from agricultural studies to applied sciences to commerce and leadership.

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17 Indiana University-East 56.95 N/A Richmond, IN

A leader in bachelor’s and master’s degree program offerings in the state and region, Indiana University East offers all the support and services of a large university in a small college atmosphere. A number of the school’s 50 academic programs are offered 100% online as bachelor's degree completion programs, including program fields such as business, criminal justice, math, and the natural sciences.

The school's 120-credit bachelor of general studies offers students more flexibility than any of the school's other bachelor’s programs because it allows students to combine courses from a number of disciplines. Learners then transfer college credits to develop a plan of study. In addition to general education and other requirements, students in this 100% online general studies degree select an 18-credit concentration in the arts and humanities, natural science and math, or social and behavioral sciences. All freshmen are required to take and pass the school’s First Year Seminar course, including transfer students with fewer than 12 transfer credits.

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18 McNeese State University 56.80 N/A Lake Charles, LA

Located on a 121-acre main campus in Lake Charles, Louisiana, McNeese State University is home to approximately 7,500 students. One of nine universities within the state college system, McNeese offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its six colleges and graduate school. The institution offers degree programs delivered 100% online or in a hybrid format.

The school's 120-credit bachelor of general studies is designed for students seeking a diverse curriculum to address broad interests. In addition to general education requirements, students have three concentration options in this fully online program. The program's 37-credit applied and natural sciences concentration includes subjects such as engineering, nursing, chemistry, or biology. The 18-credit arts and humanities concentration includes art education, education, English, and one of various musical instruments. The 37-credit behavioral sciences concentration includes subjects such as psychology, criminal justice, sociology, and family and child studies. The general studies degree online also features an 18-credit innovation minor.

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19 Champlain College 56.26 N/A Burlington, VT

Based in Burlington, Vermont, Champlain College is a small private college known for its career-focused, rigorous interdisciplinary academic programs. Besides its Vermont location, Champlain also serves students in campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers 15 online associate and bachelor’s degree programs. The school's 120-credit bachelor of science in integrated studies provides students with a balanced general education curriculum in addition to up to 40 credits earnable in a career-focused area of study, such as technology, healthcare, business, or military studies.

This online general studies bachelor’s degree is a completion program ideal for adult students returning to education. Learners may transfer up to 90 credits and students may potentially earn credit for professional experience. Courses are 100% online, available 24/7, and delivered in a seven week format to facilitate earlier completion of the degree. Admission requires prior college credit with a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

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20 Western Kentucky University 56.21 N/A Bowling Green, KY

Home of the Hilltoppers, Western Kentucky University administers nationally recognized academic programs in fields such as business, engineering, and education. At WKU, students and faculty engage in applied research to develop solutions to topical problems of the day. Approximately 20,000 students are enrolled in student-centered academic programs on WKU’s four campuses and online. WKU offers more than 50 online associate, bachelor’s, and master's degree programs.

The 120-credit bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies gives students the opportunity to develop an academic plan of study built around one of 12 chosen areas of emphasis for general studies degree jobs. Four areas of emphasis are 100% online--social and behavioral sciences, organization and communication of ideas, business, and health--while others are delivered in a hybrid format. Students without an associate degree must complete 44 credits of general education, 34 credits of electives, 36 credits in the emphasis, and other requirements.

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21 Tennessee Technological University 55.60 N/A Cookeville, TN

Tennessee Technological University prepares students with the education and training necessary to become leaders in their fields. With a student body of approximately 10,000, Tennessee Tech offers learners a catalog of approximately 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across six academic disciplines. Students in online degree programs benefit from access to many resources, including a virtual library and bookstore, tutoring, and tech support.

The school's 120-credit bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies allows students to customize a cross-disciplinary plan of study based on their professional interests. The general studies degree online is ideally suited to adult students with an associate degree, or those with significant transferrable, prior college credit. In addition to general education and other requirements, students take a total of 24 credits in their chosen areas of emphasis--12 hours each from two upper division academic disciplines. A three-credit culminating project is also required for this general studies program online.

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22 Saint Joseph's College of Maine 55.22 N/A Standish, ME

Saint Joseph's College is a Roman Catholic liberal arts institution located on a 474-acre campus in Standish, Maine. To accommodate the needs of busy adult learners, SJC offers online programming to about 2,500 students throughout the United States--and around the world. Areas of study offered 100% online include accounting, business, criminal justice, information technology, and education.

The 128-credit bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies allows students to customize their degree program to prepare for general studies jobs. Students in the IDS program choose more than one area of study from a list of approved minors such as accounting, criminal justice, human services, and senior living leadership. Some minors, such as accounting and theology, offer a fast-track option into a master’s program. SJC's online general studies bachelor degree is flexible, the school has a generous transfer policy, and the program includes experiential learning opportunities.

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23 Hampton University 54.51 N/A Hampton, VA

Nestled near the banks of Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, Hampton University offers high-quality programming underpinned by the school’s motto: The Standard of Excellence, An Education for Life. Approximately 4,600 students attend the historically black college on-site and online. Hampton University Online, the school’s virtual campus, offers undergraduate and graduate online programming in disciplines such as business management, criminal justice, organization and management, and religious studies.

Hampton's 122-credit bachelor of arts in general studies accommodates students seeking academic flexibility, providing them with a general education foundation in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Students are also exposed to business concepts and subjects in other disciplines. The school's general studies degree online is ideal for military students and others who have accumulated credit in a non-specific major that may be transferred into this program. Learners attending Hampton University Online receive top notch instruction and learner-centered support services necessary for academic success.

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24 Southwestern Assemblies of God University 54.46 N/A Waxahachie, TX

Affiliated with the Assemblies of God, a Pentecostal Christian denomination, Southwestern Assemblies of God University offers a number of online degree programs in areas such as Bible and theology, intercultural studies, history, and organizational leadership. SAGU's physical campus is located in Waxahachie, Texas, just south of the Dallas metropolitan area.

SAGU's 127-credit bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies allows students to build a degree program by selecting courses from one or more of the school's programs. Students can transfer up to 66 credits into this online general studies degree, which is available 100% online and accessible 24/7. Note that SAGU offers a 20% discount for students enrolling in a bachelor’s degree program. Combined with credit for prior learning, students could save up to 50% on an online degree at the school.

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25 West Texas A & M University 53.71 N/A Canyon, TX

Originally a teachers college, West Texas A&M University is public research institution located in Canyon, a small town located squarely in the Texas Panhandle region. WTAMU serves approximately 7,300 students and the school offers 58 undergraduate and 39 graduate programs. Some of these programs are available online, including business administration, health sciences, and nursing.

WTAMU's bachelor of general studies is delivered 100% online and is tailored to prepare graduates for general studies jobs. In addition to the WTAMU's required academic core curriculum, students must complete at least 78 credits in electives, including at least 39 credits at the advanced level. Up to 36 hours in one academic discipline--such as English, education, or political science--can count toward the program. A notably affordable option, WTAMU offers one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.

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Most general studies programs fulfill employers’ bachelor’s degree requirements. While most students earning an online degree in general studies follow programs tailored to their specific situations, a number of courses are common to the majority of general studies programs. In addition, some schools allow students to designate areas of concentration instead of declaring a major.

COURSEWORK FOR AN ONLINE BACHELOR’S IN GENERAL STUDIES

When choosing a course of study in a bachelor’s in general studies online program, consider that individual programs may differ significantly. Course offerings vary by university, and some programs may feature discounted rates for senior citizens or veterans. Others may offer additional certification programs. Below, we’ve provided an example curriculum for a typical online bachelor’s degree in general studies.

  • Early U.S. History: This course explores United States history, from 1492 to 1877. Students analyze the pre-colonial Americas from multiple perspectives, explore period literature, and survey the time period’s historical, political, cultural, and economic trends.
  • Procedures in the Justice System: This course is geared toward general studies students who may wish to pursue work in the legal field. Students are exposed to concepts and protocols within the justice system, without specializing in a justice-related field.
  • Introduction to Business: This course provides students with a peripheral view of contemporary business processes. Students explore and discuss basic marketing ideas, consumer behavior trends, changes in business practices, and advantages in current information systems.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET AN ONLINE BACHELOR’S IN GENERAL STUDIES?

Each online degree in general studies requires a set number of credit hours, but the length of time required for completion varies based on each student’s time commitment and pace of study. Transferring in prior college credits can also shorten the degree track.

When pursuing an online degree in general studies, students encounter 8-week to 12-week course lengths and various program structures. Some programs use a cohort model, employing synchronized discussion and online forums. Whether a program uses individual study or a cohort model may also affect available entry dates. Most students complete a 120-credit online bachelor’s degree in general studies program in as few as four years.

Accreditation ensures a high standard of education for the best online degree in general studies programs. Regional accreditation requires that institutions submit to inspection and evaluation by a third party organization and demonstrate that a given course of study meets a minimum standard of excellence. Regional accreditation is generally considered to be more prestigious than national accreditation, which is a requirement for colleges that receive federal grants or aid. The best online bachelor’s degree in general studies programs require no accreditation beyond regional or national.

The Department of Education regulates policies concerning all U.S. schools and colleges, coordinates federal assistance for education, gathers data about schools, and enforces federal laws regarding education. The agency promotes education within the United States and has no direct hand in the accreditation process. The CHEA and similar bodies maintain educational standards and ensure that U.S. universities and colleges are competitive with worldwide institutions of higher learning. Applicants should look for schools accredited by one of the seven organizations that make up the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions. A list of universities with national accreditation is available directly from the U.S. Department of Education.

BACHELOR’S IN GENERAL STUDIES SALARY

Because of the broad nature of the degree, the best online bachelor’s in general studies programs can be leveraged to gain a variety of positions and to boost earning potential. The chart below uses data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to track the U.S. employment rates for legal arbitrators, one of the many potential employment opportunities for graduates with an online degree in general studies.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
California 900 0.06 $43.94 $91,390
New York 470 0.05 $36.35 $75,610
Texas 450 0.04 $30.77 $63,990
Arizona 400 0.15 $20.25 $42,120
Pennsylvania 340 0.06 $32.70 $68,030

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

BACHELOR’S IN GENERAL STUDIES CAREERS

The broad scope of an online bachelor’s in general studies program lends itself to nearly any occupation that requires a bachelor’s degree. Graduates find success teaching, sales, business ownership, and service-oriented fields. The customizable degree path students to work while pursuing an education, perfect for busy schedules. The following are potential jobs for graduates of online bachelor’s in general studies programs.

Advertising Sales Agents

An advertising agent works within a company to sell advertising opportunities to businesses and individuals. Responsibilities include preparing sales presentations, making new contacts, and handling relationships with existing clients.

Median Annual Salary – $50,380
Projected Growth Rate – -3%

Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents

A real estate broker or a real estate sales agent assists clients with the process of buying, selling, or renting properties. Brokers are licensed to manage real estate separately, while sales agents work with a broker until licensure is obtained.

Median Annual Salary – $46,410
Projected Growth Rate – 3%

Administrative Services Managers

An administrative manager plans, coordinates, and directs an organization’s support systems. Responsibilities include maintaining facilities and supervising recordkeeping, office standards, and distribution.

Median Annual Salary – $90,050
Projected Growth Rate – 8%

Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents

Financial markets require commodities, securities, and financial agents to furnish transactions and to conduct client operations, connecting buyers with sellers. Agents sell securities to clients, consult with companies in search of investment opportunities, and enact trades.

Median Annual Salary – $67,310
Projected Growth Rate – 10%

Insurance Sales Agents

An insurance sales agent sells insurance packages clients use to protect property or equipment. They advise customers on potential policies, create payment structures, and make special arrangements.

Median Annual Salary – $49,990
Projected Growth Rate – 9%

Students should research FAFSA loans to understand funding opportunities such as scholarships, grants, loans, and work-studies. Many banks and lending partners in education offer low interest rates. Certain employers may fund degrees for employees with existing academic histories. Certain college programs are eligible for tax breaks, and some military organizations, such as the ROTC, cover the cost of education in exchange for service.

AN OVERVIEW OF FINANCIAL AID

Approximately two-thirds of today’s college students rely on loans to fund their education, but there are plenty of overlooked financing options you can use to reduce your overall student debt.

UNDERSTANDING THE FAFSA

Completing the FAFSA is a crucial first step for any student with financial needs. Our FAFSA guide features a step-by-step rundown on the process and answers to several frequently asked questions.

FINANCIAL AID FOR ONLINE STUDENTS

Financial aid for online learning is equivalent to what you’ll find for campus-based learning, but that hasn’t always been the case. Learn about the changes that have taken place, as well as the different funding opportunities available to online students.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SINGLE PARENTS

Online college programs can be a flexible, affordable option for single parents who are interested in earning a degree and securing their family’s financial future. We’ve compiled a list of scholarships, grants, and other financial aid options geared toward single moms and dads.

FINANCIAL AID FOR VETERANS AND ACTIVE MILITARY

Millions of dollars in free money is available to U.S. military personnel, but much of it goes unused. Learn more about grants, scholarships, and other financial aid opportunities available to veterans, active-duty service members, and reservists.