Bachelor of Arts in General Studies

Available Online

The Bachelor of Arts in General Studies (BAGS) is designed to meet the needs of a growing number of students who have completed considerable study in diverse subject areas, both academic and applied. This online general studies degree program allows students to organize their varied explorations into a coherent degree program. The BAGS is unique among academic curricula, for it liberates students from the burden of repeating coursework in order to fulfill traditional degree requirements. The degree allows students to explore a wide variety of disciplines. It integrates both applied study (e.g., business, law, computer science, leadership) and arts and sciences to an extent not currently available in other degree programs. This is particularly important for adults who often interrupt their studies for prolonged periods and return with a different academic focus and career goal. The general studies degree allows nontraditional learners to continue moving forward without retracing a considerable portion of their study.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate critical thinking abilities on scholarly discourses within a specific range of disciplines.
  • Demonstrate the ability with parenthetical citations within texts and other references.
  • Develop oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate consistent proficiency with the mechanics of academic writing.
  • Explain the role of education in occupational choices.
  • Discuss ethical issues involved in research and academic writing.


To receive a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and a minimum 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by State Law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution. In addition to the above general education requirements, two depth areas are required. A depth area for the General Studies degree program is defined as 22.5 upper division quarter units in a given discipline. The first depth area requirement is fulfilled by acquiring 22.5 upper division quarter units in an Arts and Sciences discipline such as natural sciences, mathematics, literature, history, or social science. For example: If a student was pursuing a literature depth area, they would need five courses with a Literature prefix. The second depth area requirement is fulfilled by completing 22.5 upper division quarter units in either a single Applied Studies or Arts and Science discipline. If a student selects the second depth area in the Applied Studies discipline, such as management, law, accounting, or marketing, all five courses must have the same prefix such as MGT if the management discipline was selected. However students do have the option of selecting a second depth area in Arts and Sciences rather than Applied Studies. If a second depth area in Arts and Sciences is selected, then students have the option of choosing five courses from various disciplines within the Arts and Sciences area. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation.
Requirements for Major (13 courses; 58.5 quarter units)
Depth Area Requirement (10 courses; 45 quarter units)
Each student in the BAGS program is required to complete two depth area requirements of 22.5 upper division quarter units each. Students can choose from a variety of subject areas to satisfy the Arts and Sciences depth area requirements. These courses could be used alone or in combination with courses taken at other institutions. Listed below are examples of subject areas that can be used to fulfill a depth area requirement:
Arts and Sciences (5 courses; 22.5 quarter units)
Literature Environmental Studies Fine and Performing Arts (including Art and Music) History Social Sciences (including Sociology and Political Science) Psychology Spanish Arabic Persian Chinese Natural Sciences Communication Global Studies Human Behavior Philosophy
Applied Study (5 courses; 22.5 quarter units)
Students can also use courses from the listed areas to satisfy the depth area requirement in Applied Study. These courses could be used on their own or in combination with related courses at other institutions. Law Management Economics Accounting Information Technology Management Criminal Justice Administration Marketing Public Administration Leadership Finance
Capstone Requirement (1 course; 4.5 quarter units)
Upper-Division Electives (3 courses; 13.5 quarter units)
To fulfill their unit requirements, students can choose electives from any 300, 400, or 500 level courses for which they meet prerequisites.