The Bachelor of Arts in General Studies offers you a chance to develop an appreciation of several academic disciplines while helping you to attain baccalaureate-level critical thinking and communication skills. Academic discipline choices include, but are not limited to: business; criminal justice; information management and technology; culture, society, and the environment; national and local security; and liberal and interpretive arts. This degree allows you to build and focus upon unique areas of study without the constraints of a regular major. Graduates of this program apply their skills and abilities in public policy, government, helping professions, human resources, and public relations, and are prepared for graduate studies where the focus will be narrower.

Note: This program does not qualify for Federal Student Aid.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Apply skills and knowledge gained from the study of different academic disciplines.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and writing skills.
  • Analyze written materials and examine the relevance of multiple interpretations in a diverse society.
  • Express knowledge in four different disciplines or fields of study.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required39
Final Program Requirement3
Elective Requirements48
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Business Writing
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (39 semester hours)

Select 3 courses from each of the four discipline areas or fields of study below. You are highly encouraged to complete at least 2, if not all 3 courses, from the same prefix to develop your knowledge in that discipline or field of study.

COLL300Research, Analysis, and Writing3
Management and Technology
Select 3 courses from the following:9
Business Theory
Law and Ethics in the Business Environment
Global and Competitive Strategy
Principles of Financial Management
Budget Development and Execution
International Finance
Human Resource Management
Dispute Resolution
Compensation and Benefits
Employment and Labor Relations
Database Management Systems
Management Information Systems
Information Technology Project Management
Project Management Using MS Project
Contemporary Internet Topics
Cyberlaw and Privacy in a Digital Age
Virtual Management
Principles and Theory of Management
Organizational Behavior
Leadership & Motivation
Organizational Change
Management Ethics
Principles of Sales
Public Relations
Introduction to Space Studies
History of Space Flight
National Space Organization
Space Policy
National and Local Security
Select 3 courses from the following:9
U.S. Law Enforcement
Ethics in Criminal Justice
The History of Organized Crime
Acquisition Business Management
Program and Acquisition Management I
Program and Acquisition Management II
Defense Budget Development and Execution
Natural Disaster Management
Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials
Consequence Management
Risk Communications
Community Fire Mitigation and Protection
Fire Administration and Finance
Fire Safety and Risk Regulation
Fire Regulation, Policy, and Law
Border and Coastal Security
Port Security
Intelligence and Homeland Security
Introduction to Intelligence Studies
U.S. Intelligence Community
Intelligence Collection
Intelligence Analysis
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law
International Law
Criminal Legal Process
Healthcare: Moral Issues
Health Economics and Finance
Special Operations in Emergency Medical Services
Principles and Theory of Security Issues
Legal and Ethical Issues in Security Management
Evaluation of Security Programs
Security Administration
Physical Security
Introduction to Transportation Management
Transportation Economics
Supply Chain Management
Hazardous Materials Transportation
Fundamentals of Intermodal Transportation
Culture, Society, and the Environment
Select 3 courses from the following:9
Family Development
Human Life Span Development
Family Life Education
Family Communications
Classroom Management
Curriculum Design
Measurement and Evaluation
U.S. Federal Environmental Organization
Energy and Resource Sustainability
Fish and Wildlife Policies, Programs, and Issues
Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law
Environmental and Ecosystems Management
Comparative Political Systems
International Organizations
Political Parties and Interest Groups
State, Local, and Community Politics
Public Policy
Psychology of Addiction & Substance Abuse
Adult Development
Psychology of Terrorism
Psychology of Disaster
Psychology of Combat
Political Sociology
Food and Culture
Sociology of the Law
Liberal and Interpretative Arts
Select 3 courses from the following:9
Colonial America
Civil War And Reconstruction, 1861-1877
The United States: 1900 to Second World War
The United States: WW II to the Present
The Cold War
British Poetry
American Fiction
American Poetry I
Shakespeare: An Author for the Ages
The American Revolution
World War I
World War II
Environmental Ethics
Contemporary Issues in Philosophy
Enlightenment Philosophy
Introduction to the Bible
Religions of the Middle East
Myth and Ritual
Total Semester Hours39

Final Program Requirement (3 semester hours)

COLL498Senior Seminar in General Studies 13
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements (48 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.