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Bachelor of Arts
in General Studies


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Program Overview

If you’ve completed studies in a variety of areas, both academic and applied, a Bachelor of Arts 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 Arts General Studies degree is an excellent choice if you aren’t certain which course of study to pursue, 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

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Requirements for Major

  • 13 courses; 58.5 quarter units

Focus on the integration of knowledge across various disciplines, essential to a critical and interdisciplinary approach. Emphasis on the interconnectedness of different fields of knowledge central to broad, critical and holistic view of education.

PrerequisiteBGS 301 and four additional courses from the major.

Study of qualitative and quantitative research designs and methods including observation, interviews, surveys, primary and secondary data analysis and experimentation. Development of the critical ability to understand the ethical solutions to problems faced by contemporary researchers.

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:

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, and Philosophy.

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.

Capstone Requirement

  • 1 course; 4.5 quarter units

PrerequisiteCompletion of other major requirements. Must be taken within last three classes prior to graduation.

Course focuses on the preparation of a digital e-portfolio integrating the student’s general studies experience, interests, and research while emphasizing their diverse, complementary career capabilities. Grading is H, S or U only.

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.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate critical thinking abilities on scholarly discourses within a specific range of disciplines.
  • 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.

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