Earning your Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree online is as much about strengthening key skills like critical thinking and communication as it is about completing your bachelor’s degree. This meaningful milestone is just what you need to maximize already-earned credits and get a degree in the shortest amount of time – especially if you’re already working in a field you love.
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll focus your BA in General Studies degree with a concentration that fits in with the coursework you’re pursuing and your interests. Concentrations include accounting, business, communication, creative writing, psychology, sport management and so much more. By tailoring your studies, you'll gain an edge in the job market.
In SNHU's online general studies program, you'll focus the curriculum with a concentration that matches your interests, professionally and personally. Your academic advisor will help you find the concentration that best fits your goals.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your BA in General Studies degree online at SNHU include:
For those who earn a general studies online degree, careers and other opportunities are numerous and varied. The broad critical-thinking skills you gain with a general studies online bachelor’s degree benefits many career paths and can be the next step toward accelerating your career.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals with a bachelor’s degree not only experience lower unemployment but also earn nearly twice as much as a working person without a degree. In fact, a bachelor's degree increases median lifetime earnings by 74 percent over a high school diploma, while a master's degree increases earnings by more than 100 percent, according to a 2011 study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
The general studies degree online curriculum ensures you receive a solid foundation in critical thinking that matches your interests and your timeline. The curriculum for the general studies degree is designed to offer a broad base of coursework that can be customized to your previous college experience and interests.
English 122 is a college-level writing course that introduces students to the various forms of academic discourse. This course focuses primarily on the basic elements of college composition and writing as a process in both narrative and analytical forms. Students will investigate the importance and promise of effective written communication in various personal and professional contexts and identify effective strategies through critical analysis of written works as well as their own writing. Finally, this course prepares students for more advanced research analysis by connecting students to important avenues of research.
English 123 focuses students on the importance of research to advancing knowledge for various purposes. This course will build on the foundations of composition and introduce students to the research process and the analysis and evaluation of various sources. Students will investigate the writing process for research as well as appropriate research methods and skills. Additionally, this course offers multiple opportunities to engage in the important tasks of revision and editing and will ask students to incorporate feedback to improve their writing.
This course focuses on student success strategies for students who are new to higher education or online learning. Skill areas include academic research and writing, effective communication in an online environment, critical thinking, self-advocacy and support services, community learning and group collaboration, and the empowerment of students to utilize their strengths in order to improve the likelihood of academic success.
This course is a tutorial through which the student, in consultation with a faculty mentor, establishes a self-designed major in General Studies with a concentration in a discipline of his or her choice. Students complete an academic plan of study and provide a rationale for their curriculum choices in line with the goals of the university's general education program.
Select one of the following:
Select one of the following:
This course is designed to prepare students for other courses in the core curriculum and in their majors and to provide a basis for making decisions in life after graduation. Topics include mathematics of finance, probability and counting, descriptive statistics and basic linear regression. (Students who have successfully completed MAT 120 or MAT 150 may not register for MAT 130).
The Heart of Mathematics considers the history, mathematical beauty, and real world applications of a wide variety of topics. This discussion-based course encourages "out-of-the-box" thinking to explore the connections between mathematics and the world around us. Topics may include: patterns in nature, infinity, topology, geometry, networking, fractals, and chaos theory, among others.
This course emphasizes the algebra and concepts of functions. Students will learn the properties and graphing techniques for different types of functions including: linear, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Students will also learn to solve a variety of real world problems that rely on a number of different problem solving strategies and an understanding of these different types of functions. This course is intended for those students who wish to prepare for Calculus.
This is an introductory course in single-variable calculus. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, differentiation, integration and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students will gain experience solving real-world problems involving calculus, including problems in business, economics, natural sciences and social sciences. Students may not take both MAT 210 and MAT 225 for credit.
This course is a continuation of MAT 210. Topics include integration by parts, functions of several variables, trigonometric functions, techniques of integration, differential equations, Taylor polynomials and infinite series. Students will learn applications in business, economics, natural sciences and social sciences. Students may not take both MAT 211 and MAT 275 for credit.
Discrete mathematics is the study of mathematical structures that are fundamentally discrete rather than continuous. That is, in contrast to the real numbers that vary continuously, the objects of study in discrete mathematics take on distinct, separated values. Topics include operations on sets, logic, truth tables, counting, relations and digraphs, functions, trees and graph theory. A significant goal of this course is to improve students' critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
This is a fundamental course in the application of statistics. In this course, students will learn to apply statistical techniques to a variety of applications in business and the social sciences. Students will learn how to solve statistical problems by hand and through the use of computer software. Topics include probability distribution functions, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing and linear regression.
This course introduces students to the language and methods used to create and write mathematical proofs and solve problems. Methods of proof will include: direct, contrapositive, contradiction, and induction. Methods of problem solving will be based on Polya's four steps for problem solving. Students will learn about and utilize the many functions of proof including: verification, explanation, communication, discovery, justification, and inquiry. The course will also explore the relationship between problem solving and the process of proving. Students will explore fundamental abstract concepts in mathematics including: functions and relations, set theory, number theory, and logic.
Students select one seminar course (IDIV, IGSO, IWEL, PFTF) plus two (2) courses from the Exploration area.
This course aims to broaden and deepen students' understanding, experience, and critical thinking skills with regard to cultural differences and cross-cultural interactions. Students will analyze diversity through the disciplines of socio-economics, physical anthropology, biology, geography, and arts and the humanities. Intercultural competence, a lifelong learning process, is introduced as a crucial skill set and benefit to the individual, interpersonal relationships, organizations, and society. Analyzing the role of culture in today's world, developing culturally responsive practices, and understanding the benefits and challenges of diversity will be emphasized.
This course aims to expand upon students' understanding, experience, and critical thinking skills, connecting the roles of the individual at the local, national, and global levels. Students will be analyzing global issues that affect different aspects of identity - individual, national, and global - through the lenses of economics, political science, technology, and business, among other disciplines. Increased global awareness, an important knowledgebase for the 21st Century individual, is emphasized to prepare students for personal and professional relationships with individuals, groups, and organizations that present themselves through a global network. Analyzing the challenges of shifting from local to global, researching the relationship of technology and society, and understanding the importance of the individual in relation to a global society will be emphasized.
This course aims to engage students in an integrative exploration of emerging issues and topics in wellness across several disciplines. In addition to psychology, students will analyze wellness through the lenses of biology, sociology, economics, health, and philosophy, among other areas. Students will develop the skills to examine wellness from an individual perspective as well as investigate issues surrounding wellness in contemporary society. Definitions of ability and disability, research and analysis of wellness goals, and the relationship between mind and body are emphasized to increase awareness of personal and public wellness.
Ray Bradbury described science fiction as the "art of possibility." As a genre, science fiction is concerned with the speculative and, as such, permits a unique discussion of deeper social and philosophical themes such as identity, social control, and what it means to be human. This course will take a cross-disciplinary approach to exploring the relationships among technology, the human condition, and the future. Students will analyze contemporary technological trends and the social and cultural implications of those advancements. Because this course draws upon multiple disciplines from the general education sequence, it is recommended that students have completed all other general education requirements prior to enrolling.
Free Elective Credits: 60
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
*Tuition rates are subject to change. Changes are generally implemented in June each year.
Additional Costs Books (course by course).
Students are responsible for providing their own internet access.
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