Advance your career and complete your degree with a Bachelor of General Studies
Explore your strengths and apply prior learning experiences to a degree that fits your goals. You will learn about leadership, problem-solving and design thinking while exploring career options and preparing for academic and career success.
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Is this Program a Good Fit for You?
The competency-based general studies program is ideal for:
- Career professionals seeking advancement within their industry
- Career movers exploring new industries
- Degree finishers with partial college credit from community college, WECM or the military
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SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN GENERAL STUDIES
Our programs are designed to be customized around your interests while meeting the needs of students who want the convenience of a fully online degree. Your faculty will be fully involved in helping you reach your goals.
The College of Innovation and Design is where you will discover your career path or get ready to move forward in your existing career. You will be exposed to the global environment of today’s working world, and you will learn to perform research on topics of your choice.
Your faculty in General Studies have been teaching online with the university for a number of years and are ready to work one-on-one with you to help you succeed. Each faculty member has worked in industry and is excited to share their valuable knowledge.
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Majoring in general studies will position you for numerous career possibilities. Whether you want to enter marketing, science and technology, education, or management and beyond, there’s a career path waiting for you.
Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries
US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2020Back to menu
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As a student in the competency-based general studies program, you’ll gain real work experience and career readiness before graduation through a micro internship.Back to menu
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You will explore the changing future of work and your place in it. Planning for academic success and future career opportunities will be discussed. You will also learn about personal leadership, reflecting on your strengths and abilities and drawing upon perceptions from others to construct your understanding of leadership.
You will be oriented to address the following questions: what problem in the world do I want to be part of the solution to, and how am I, myself, a problem to be solved? In this course, you will research a problem related to your aspiring career interests. You will also learn to overcome obstacles that may limit a growth mindset personally and professionally.
Changing demographics and globalization patterns shape the context of employment trends and necessitate an innovative leader that is culturally competent and aware of their own biases. In this course, you will explore your future career plans and analyze your capacity to work in diverse environments with diverse coworkers. Implications for leadership will be discussed.
This course provides an opportunity to reflect on what you have learned about life design, career development, the future of work and leadership in all previous courses in the general studies program. You will apply this learning to demonstrate mastery in the program learning outcomes of written and oral communication, career management, integrative learning, critical thinking, problem-solving, and leadership. You will also gain real world work experience by completing a micro-internship.
All competency-based programs in the College of Innovation and Design are offered in two seven-week terms per traditional semester with a break between each term.
|Semester||Term 1||Break||Term 2|
|Spring||Jan. 18 – March 4||March 7 – 25||March 28 – May 13|
|Summer||May 16 – July 1||July 4 – 8||July 11 – Aug. 26|
|Fall||Sept. 6 – Oct. 21||Oct. 24 – 28||Oct. 31 – Dec. 16|
|Semester||Term 1||Break||Term 2|
|Spring||Jan. 17 – March 3||March 6 – 17||March 20 – May 5|
|Summer||May 15 – June 30||July 3 – 7||July 10 – Aug. 25|
|Fall||Sept. 5 – Oct. 20||Oct. 23 – 27||Oct. 30 – Dec. 15|
CoID :: CB Program Costs
Tuition is a flat rate per seven-week term. Texas residents pay $750 per term and out-of-state residents pay $1,500 per term. Many of the courses include e-textbooks incorporated in the online competency modules.