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.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration 2 years
Foreign Language No foreign language credits required
Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours 120 hours
Thesis Requirements No thesis required

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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

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PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

A degree in general studies offers the opportunity to:

  • Move up the corporate ladder
  • Transition into a new career
  • Gain credibility in the marketplace
  • Advance to graduate studies
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Careers

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

Computer Support Specialist
$55,510
Elementary and Middle School Teacher
$60,810
Web Developer
$77,200
Public Relations and Fundraising Manager
$118,430
Sales Manager
$132,290

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2020

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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.

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What You Will Learn

In today’s world, a college degree can be the catalyst to jumpstart your career. Through focused coursework, this program will combine what you have already achieved within a comprehensive general studies program. You will gain the credibility and knowledge to springboard or transition your career into a wide range of organizations and industries.

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Course Delivery and Resources

There are three components to the 120-credit-hour degree. You may customize your professional development and career readiness courses. You may also transfer previous college credits, WECM and military experience to apply toward your degree.

  • General Education/Core Curriculum (42 semester credit hours)
    You have the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of general education competencies without needlessly sitting through introductory courses.
  • Professional Development Electives (66 semester credit hours*)
    You are able to demonstrate competency in a variety of related fields.
  • Upper Division Applied Coursework (12 semester credit hours)
    You will build on and apply work-related skills.

You begin each term by registering for up to two courses. When you complete all of your current courses before the end of a term, you have the opportunity to take and complete another course by the end of the term. You can accelerate an unlimited number of times in a given term. Using this method, you are able to shorten your time to degree completion. You are not allowed to add courses during the final week of the term.

Did you miss the registration window? Don’t worry! You have two available registration opportunities each semester!

For specific dates, email our advising office at [email protected]

*A total of 36 semester credit hours must be upper-level courses.

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Terms

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.

2022

SemesterTerm 1BreakTerm 2
SpringJan. 18 – March 4March 7 – 25March 28 – May 13
SummerMay 16 – July 1July 4 – 8July 11 – Aug. 26
FallSept. 6 – Oct. 21Oct. 24 – 28Oct. 31 – Dec. 16

2023

SemesterTerm 1BreakTerm 2
SpringJan. 17 – March 3March 6 – 17March 20 – May 5
SummerMay 15 – June 30July 3 – 7July 10 – Aug. 25
FallSept. 5 – Oct. 20Oct. 23 – 27Oct. 30 – Dec. 15
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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.

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Degree Guide

General Education (42 hours)Complete before starting the Professional Development Requirements

  • Eng 1301: Freshman English (3 semester hours)
  • Eng 1302: Freshman English (3 semester hours)
  • Math 1332: Contemporary Mathematics (3 semester hours)
  • Life and Physical Science (3 semester hours)
  • Life and Physical Science (3 semester hours)
  • Literature, Philosophy, and Cultures (3 semester hours)
  • Creative Arts (3 semester hours)
  • Hist 1301: History of United States through Reconstruction (3 semester hours)
  • Hist 1302: History of United States from Reconstruction (3 semester hours)
  • Psci 2305: U.S. Government (3 semester hours)
  • Psci 2306: Texas and the Federal System (3 semester hours)
  • Social/Behavioral Science (3 semester hours)
  • Degree Pathway (3 semester hours)
  • Degree Pathway (3 semester hours)

Professional Development Electives (66 hours*)Complete before starting the Professional Development Requirements

Free academic lower or upper-level electives.

*36 semester credit hours must be upper-level courses.

Professional Development Requirements (12 hrs)

  • GSCB 301: Pathways, Purpose and Exploration
  • GSCB 402: Innovative Design
  • GSCB 404: Leveraging Diversity in Design and Leadership
  • GSCB 405: Capstone: Designing Your Future as an Innovative Leader

TOTAL: 120 hours

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  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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