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General Studies Program

The Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies program includes a core set of general education courses plus diverse electives in subjects of your choice. Developed by academic and industry professionals, the curriculum focuses on real-world skills. Learn online at your convenience and graduate ready to advance your career.

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Semester 1

EN110 - Achieving Academic Excellence 

This course will help students sharpen skills that will help in achieving maximum learning as they complete their degree programs. Taking this course will unlock students' undiscovered potential and will help them discover their multiple intelligences and best ways to learn. This course will also help students uncover strengths and build from them, as well as explore the areas where they might change behaviors to ensure college success.
Credit Hours: 3

SP180 - Principles of Public Speaking 

This course teaches the students fundamental principles while emphasizing skills development in the practice of public speaking. It covers purposes, methods and steps in preparing speeches, develops communication skills in listening, speech criticism, audience analysis and writing, and provides effective delivery techniques to present a variety of speeches.
Credit Hours: 3

EN120 - English Composition I  

This course offers an introduction to basic writing skills that is especially relevant to academic assignments. It focuses on paragraph development and organization in conjunction with a review of basic grammar and mechanics. The course also covers the construction of multi-paragraph essays, the development of writing style and tone, and techniques for critically editing and revising one's work.
Credit Hours: 3

C10 - Introduction to Computers  

Introduction to Computers provides students with foundational skills and knowledge needed for today's technology-based careers. Students learn the components of systems—from the CPU and memory to input devices and peripherals—and how these components interact with an operating system to perform critical tasks. Keeping current with fast-changing computer technologies, this course will discuss the computer technologies today that are allowing the creation of a virtualized mobile workforce. It will explore how computers connect to the Internet, what services can be found online, and what dangers exist in the form of viruses, Trojans, and other malware. The course will also familiarize the student with the basics of today's office productivity applications and help to establish a foundation for working with these different types of applications, including spreadsheets, word processors, and presentation-creation tools.
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (Math/Computer Science 100-200 Level)  

Semester 2

EN130 - English Composition II  

This course provides an introduction and extensive guidelines for writing multi-paragraph essays in a college environment. In this way, EN130 will help you to better comprehend and assimilate the wide range of written communications that are vital to professional callings in commerce, industry, government, law enforcement, and healthcare—not to mention reports, documents, essays, and books associated with the universe of academic disciplines and the various areas of scientific research. For, as it turns out, the basics of the writing process apply to all forms of academic and professional communications.
Prerequisite for C02
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (Science 100-200 Level)   General Education Elective (Behavioral/Social Science 100-200 Level)   Elective (100-200 Level)  

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Semester 3

SO245 - Social Impact of Technology  

This course examines the broad implications of technological innovation on social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues. Topics covered include technological progress within society, issues of energy use and creation, positive and negative environmental impacts of technology, the use of technology in war and politics, social responsibility, personal health, and economic development.
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (Humanities/Fine Arts 100-200 Level)   Elective (100-200 Level)  

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Elective (100-200 Level)  

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Semester 4

MA240 - College Algebra  

This course introduces the major concepts of college-level algebra. The course begins with basic concepts such as sets and numbers but quickly moves into intermediate algebra topics, emphasizing concepts most often used in computer science. The student will gain extensive experience in evaluating and manipulating expressions, equations, inequalities, and functions.
Credit Hours: 3

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Semester 5

MA260 - Statistical Analysis I  

This is an introduction to the foundations of statistical analysis, including distributions, measures of location and dispersion, probability, the normal probability distribution, sampling and testing methods, and decision analysis.
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (Behavioral/Social Science 100-200 Level)   Elective (100-200 Level)  

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Elective (100-200 Level)  

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Elective (300-400 Level)  

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Semester 6

General Education Elective (Behavioral/Social Science 300-400 Level)   General Education Elective (Humanities/Fine Arts 300-400 Level)   Elective (100-200 Level)  

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Semester 7

General Education Elective (300-400 Level)   Elective (100-200 Level)  

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Semester 8

General Education Elective (300-400 Level)   Elective (100-200 Level)  

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in General Studies program is designed to provide students with a well- rounded education by combining a core set of general education courses with courses from several career-related disciplines. The program lays the foundation for a broad base of knowledge with general education courses in a variety of subject areas. In addition, students can select courses from various disciplines such as business administration, marketing, criminal justice, and early childhood education to customize the program to meet their professional and personal goals.

Program Objectives

After completing the General Studies program, students will be able to:

  1. Display the skills of time management, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, written comprehension, communication, and research.
  2. Identify and apply the fundamental principles of public speaking, speech criticism, audience analysis, and effective delivery techniques.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency with English composition, including the ability to develop essays, revise and edit one's work, and conduct academic research.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the broad implications of technological innovationon social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues.
  5. Demonstrate a foundation of computer and information systems knowledge, technical skills, and a basic understanding of computer applications.
  6. Apply behavioral principles to fact situations, and reason to sound conclusions based on theory and practicality of solution.
  7. Demonstrate basic mathematical skill by describing and applying the major concepts of college-level algebra.
  8. Explain basic statistical concepts and techniques and apply these concepts and tools in order to correctly interpret the results of statistical analyses.
  9. Express knowledge pertaining to a customized program of discovery that spans multiple disciplines.
  10. Be prepared to enter Ashworth College’s Master of Science or MBA programs without any additional academic preparation.

Advance your career in our accredited online Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies program. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.