General Studies Online Degree - Curriculum

Curriculum for the General Studies Bachelor’s

The general studies online degree curriculum ensures that 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 course work that can be customized to your previous college experience and interests.

BA in General Studies Curriculum

General Education Program: 45 credits

ENG-122: English Composition I
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.
ENG-123: English Composition II
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.
SNHU-107: Success Strategies for Online Learning
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.

*Students with 12 or more transfer credits can substitute SNHU-107 with a free elective.

Select One of the Following:

MAT-130: Applied Finite Mathematics
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).
MAT-135: The Heart of Mathematics
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.
MAT-140: Precalculus
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.
MAT-210: Applied Calculus I
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.
MAT-211: Applied Calculus II
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.
MAT-210 or MAT-225 with a grade of C or better; or
MAT-230: Discrete Mathematics
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.
MAT-240: Applied Statistics
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.
MAT-299: Mathematical Proof and Problem Solving
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.
MAT-230 with a grade of C or better

Exploration Courses

Fine Arts and Humanities (EFAH)

  • Students select one course from two (2) different discipline areas (FAS, LIT, HIS, PHL)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (ESBS)

  • Students select one course from two (2) different discipline areas (ATH, ECO, POL, PSY)

Science, Technology, and Mathematics (ESTM)

  • Students select one course from two (2) different discipline areas (SCI/BIO/GEO, IT, MAT)

General Education Electives (EGED)

  • Students select two (2) additional General Education Electives from the Exploration area


Students select one seminar course (IDIV, IGSO, IWEL, PFTF) plus two (2) courses from the Exploration area.

IDS-400: Diversity
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.
ENG-122 and ENG-123 - contact your advisor to regi
IDS-401: Global Society
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.
ENG-122 and ENG-123 - contact your advisor to regi
IDS-402: Wellness
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.
ENG-122 and ENG-123 - contact your advisor to regi
IDS-403: Preparing for the Future
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.
ENG-122 and ENG-123 - contact your advisor to regi

Self-Designed Degree Program Planning

IND-201: Self-Designed Degree Program Planning
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.

BA General Studies Concentration Areas

You will focus the curriculum for the general studies degree with a concentration – one that matches your interests professionally and personally. Your academic advisor will help you find the concentration that best fits your goals.

Some concentrations include:


  • Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examination
  • Accounting / Finance
  • Accounting Information Systems


Applied Political Science

  • Campaign Leadership

Business Administration

Business Information Systems

Business Studies

  • Small Business Management
  • Business Studies / Sports Management


  • Professional Writing
  • Public Relations 

Creative Writing and English

  • Creative Writing & English / Fiction
  • Creative Writing & English / Nonfiction Writing & English / Poetry
  • Creative Writing & English / Screenwriting

English Language and Literature

Fashion Merchandising



  • European History
  • American History
  • Middle Eastern History
  • Military History

Human Resource Management

Informational Technology 

International Business

Justice Studies

  • Law and Legal Process
  • Policing and Law Enforcement
  • Terrorism and Homeland Security


  • Social Media Marketing


Operations and Project Management


  • Addictions
  • Applied Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Industrial Organizational Psychology Social Psychology

Public Administration


Social Entrepreneurship


Sport Management

Concentration: 12 credits

Free Elective Credits: 60

Total Credits: 120

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