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Earn Your BA in General Studies Online

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.

Courses in this bachelor's program are reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today's marketplace. You will choose from among 130 different courses to make up this general studies program to meet your individual needs. Some topics include:

  • Research, analytics, and written communication
  • American and global business, laws, ethics, and strategy
  • Financial management and budget development
  • Human resource fundamentals
  • Information technology systems
  • Aspects of management
  • Sales principles and public relations
  • Space history, organizations, and policies
  • Justice, emergency management, and fire safety
  • Family development, psychology, and sociology

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


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* All U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military spouses/dependents are eligible for our Military Tuition Grant that covers undergraduate and master’s-level tuition above the military TA cap of $250/credit hour.

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Tuition for associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and undergraduate certificates.

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For undergraduate and master’s-level programs with APU’s Military Tuition Grant for eligible students

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Why You Should Earn This Bachelor's From APU

We’ve earned our reputation as a respected leader in online higher education by always making you—the student—our #1 priority.

Accessible Learning

Plan around your work and life responsibilities with courses that are online and feature weekly class schedules with no set login times.

Save Time

Bachelor’s degree students can transfer up to 90 credits for previous academic coursework, job experience, and professional training. We also consider ACE-evaluated training and credits by exam.

Be in Control

You can quickly turn your ambitions into reality because programs begin every month. Most classes are 8 weeks long.

Real-World Knowledge

You’ll be guided by faculty skilled in providing an engaging learning journey rooted in real-world experience from government, Fortune 500 companies, healthcare, defense agencies, technology firms, and the military.

Future-Focused

You have access to our vast network of working professional students and alumni, and our career services team provides continuous assistance.

Your Time to Shine

You always have a front row seat in APU’s online classroom. Undergraduate classes average 20 students.

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