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Bachelor of Arts
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If you’ve completed studies in a variety of areas, both academic and applied, a Bachelor’s in General Studies is a way to bring those diverse subjects into a cohesive degree program. The program is unlike most online general studies degree programs in that you won’t need to repeat coursework already completed to fulfill the requirements of an established program. This Bachelor of General Studies degree is an excellent choice if you have varied, complementary areas of interest, or if you’re coming back to school after taking time off to work or be with family and, in the interim, experienced a shift in academic focus or career goals. The general studies degree allows you to build on the studies you’ve already completed and use them as stepping-stones to a respected and rounded degree program.

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Course Details

Requirements for Major (12 courses; 54 quarter units)

BGS 301 Intro. to General Studies – 4.50

BGS 499 Capstone Project – 4.50
Prerequisite: BGS 301; Completion of other major requirements. Must be taken within last three classes prior to graduation.

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 have two depth area requirements from either Arts and Sciences and/or Applied Studies. 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, Natural Sciences, Communication, Global Studies, and Human Behavior.

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, Criminal Justice Administration, Marketing, Public Administration, Leadership, and Finance.

Upper-Division Electives (4 courses; 18 quarter units)

To fulfill their unit requirements, students can choose electives from any 300, 400, or 500 level courses for which they meet prerequisites.

Degree and Course Requirements

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 69 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 study 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.

When it comes to transferrable skills across career interests, a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies offers students a lot of opportunities. If you’ve completed studies in a variety of areas, both academic and applied, this degree is a way to bring those diverse subjects into a cohesive degree program.

As an enrolled student, you can create your own degree experience by cultivating your interests into the makeup of the program. Learn from a dedicated and accomplished faculty of scholarly researchers, published authors, and thought leaders in their respective focus areas.

You have the option to complete the program online, from anywhere in the country, or on-site—whatever suits your learning style and flexibility. And you’ll be introduced to an in-depth and interesting curriculum, covering a variety of specialties and applications—featuring a capstone experience where you can develop a career-focused digital portfolio.

The BA in General Studies is infused with versatility, a national approach designed to equip you with future-focused, marketable skills. You’ll emerge with research-intensive cultural knowledge and the writing and critical thinking skills to advance your career, pursue a new role, or prepare for a graduate degree.

The general studies degree allows you to build on the studies you’ve already completed and use them as stepping stones to a respected and rounded degree program. This degree is an excellent choice if you aren’t certain which course of study to pursue. With your general studies degree, you’ll be equipped with the qualifications to pursue the following positions:

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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. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by state law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of National University’s Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, you’ll understand how to:

  • Develop a holistic appreciation of General Studies as a progressive and advantageous career path
  • Analyze career options available to generalists
  • Write a reflective narrative that integrates and articulates the value of the student education experience in the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies program
  • Research, synthesize and write a strategic plan to assess potential skills areas that need to be strengthened
  • Create a professional digital e-portfolio leveraging networking platforms

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A bachelor’s in general studies provides you with a solid foundation for a wide variety of industries and careers, including education, communication, manufacturing, politics, marketing, logistics, nutrition, public health, social work, and more.

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 69 units of the University General Education requirements.

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