Program Overview

Customize your education by earning an online general studies degree that maximizes your transfer credits and course options. In this student-initiated major, you’ll advance your career and boost your earning potential. Full-time workers with a bachelor’s degree earn approximately 30 percent more than those with an associate degree and 40 percent more than those with a high school diploma, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Instructors in this program use open education resources (OER) in place of traditional textbooks for some courses. This means digital, openly licensed content is available free of charge to students.

Get the skills and knowledge needed for success with the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree from Aurora University Online. This program is designed for busy, working adults.

Curriculum Overview

Aurora University’s online general studies degree provides you with a tailored academic experience that offers flexibility. Choose the courses that meet your personal and professional goals. Each class is taught by faculty members who have real-world experience.

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Program Details

  • Next Start Date:August 24, 2020
  • Est. Program Length:2-4 Years
  • Credit Hours:120
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$425

Program Requirements

Courses completed at regionally accredited colleges and universities are considered for articulation in AU credit.  All students pursuing this option must meet all general education requirements and complete IDS3040 – Global Studies at Aurora University regardless of the amount of transfer credit earned with a “C” or better.

Core Courses

  • ENG1000 Introduction to Academic Writing – 4 hours
  • IDS3040 Global Justice – 4 hours
  • Mathematical Competency*

Other Requirements

  • Minimum of 120 semester hours total
  • Minimum of 30 semester hours at Aurora University (includes above courses)
  • Minimum of 30 semester hours numbered 3000 or above (15 must be completed at Aurora University)
  • Minimum 2.0/4.0 GPA

*Mathematics Competency Requirement can be met by earning a “C” or better in MTH1100: College Algebra, MTH1110: Quantitative Reasoning, any other mathematics course for which MTH1100 or MTH1110 is a prerequisite, or demonstrated math competency via the AU mathematical competency examination.

  • An earned associates degree (AA, AS, AAS) or 60 earned hours of credit from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Transcripts (official, sealed) from all previously-attended colleges and universities
  • A resume demonstrating two or more years of work experience, military service, or relevant adult responsibilities
  • A personal statement addressing why you wish to enroll in an online program and a description of how you will structure your life and time to be successful

Students can transfer more than half the credits they need to successfully earn a four-year degree. Aurora University will accept up to 68 credits from a 2 year institution and 90 credits from a 4 year institution.

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General Studies (BA) Career Outcomes

Design a degree that will match your interests and career goals. Earning a general studies degree gives you the opportunity to maximize your course flexibility and transfer credits. You’ll learn the skills and knowledge needed for entry-level positions and advancement opportunities in fields such as business, communications and the humanities. The customizable nature of this degree makes it appropriate for a variety of careers.

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