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Bachelor of General Studies

Bachelor of General Studies Online

Complete Coursework: Completion time varies  |  Credit Hours: 120  |  Courses: 40  |  Tuition: $284 per credit hour*

Follow your passion in this customizable interdisciplinary degree program online! With LSUS’s Bachelor of General Studies program, you can create an individualized program of study designed to fit your educational and professional goals. Study the topics that interest you while completing the degree you need to advance in your career.

Select from a variety of concentrations, including:

  • Applied Sciences: Build foundational business knowledge in marketing, economics, management and accounting, as well as an introduction to the fields of education and criminal justice.
  • Social Sciences: Gain a broad base in social sciences including psychology, population and geography studies, criminology and economics.
  • Humanities: Study coursework in literature, art history, languages and writing.

The program allows you to make full use of courses taken at other accredited institutions, and to choose an area of concentration that will combine different fields of study in creative, innovative ways. Through careful advising, students are encouraged to design a course of study to meet their personal needs and interests and to prepare them for the job market.

You CAN achieve your goals at LSUS Online!

Our online programs are convenient and accelerated so you can complete your bachelor's degree faster. If you've already completed some college, we offer generous transfer credit acceptance so you can start where you left off. For students just beginning college, the knowledgeable professors at LSUS Online can help guide you along the way. With affordable tuition, multiple start dates per year and LSUS’s excellent career services, you will quickly be on your way to advancing your career!

Online Course List

For your Bachelor of General Studies online degree, you will complete 39 credit hours in your chosen area of concentration, in addition to 91 hours of general education and elective requirements.**


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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

An introductory survey of Western art and architecture from prehistory to the medieval era, including ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Students examine art history, its methods, and its major trends in their social and historical contexts. Lectures, discussions, and readings.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

An introductory survey of Western art and architecture from the Renaissance to the Contemporary era. Students examine art history, its methods, and its major trends in their social and historical contexts. Lectures, discussions, and readings.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

A beginning course for students who have no preparation in French. An introduction to the fundamentals of French grammar, vocabulary, and syntax, with emphasis on the four skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: FREN101 or advanced standing placement. A continuation of FREN101 with continued emphasis on the aural-oral aspects of the language. Continuation of elementary reading selections.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: Completion of 90 hours of coursework toward the General Studies degree. An interdisciplinary course based on readings from the disciplines of applied science, humanities, natural science, and social science, designed to provide students with an opportunity to use skills in research, analytical and critical thinking, writing, and oral communication.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: ENGL115. An introduction to the short story, the novella, and the novel. Emphasizes works by American and British writers, with some attention to works in translation from other cultures.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: ENGL115. A generalized writing course for those wishing to improve their ability to communicate to a non-technical audience. Gives some attention to argumentation but focuses on exposition, description, and narration.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: ENGL105 with a grade of C or better. A foundational course in newswriting, including style, leads, structure, and deadlines.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: ENGL115. This course introduces students to the formal study of literature, and to trends in criticism and theory. Students learn techniques of close contextual reading, interpretive strategies, techniques of literary analysis, and strategies for writing effective analytical papers. The course also provides a hands-on guide to literary research, including Electronic databases and the Internet.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: ENGL115. A study of syntax, semantics, phonology, and pragmatics. Emphasizes socio-linguistic topics such as dialectal variation, attitudes about language change, and differing conceptions of correctness and propriety.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: MCOM298 with a grade of C or better. Ethical and professional elements of media writing for publication from the individual perspective, including research, persuasion, and analysis.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

This course surveys the social, cultural, religious, and political history of medieval Europe from the reign of Constantine in the fourth century to the fall of Constantinople in 1453.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

This class is a survey course designed to provide an overview of the history of Christianity and Christian thought from the first century through the middle of the sixteenth century. In addition to providing a basic narrative history of Christianity in the West during this period, the course will involve students in exploring the thoughts of Patristic and Medieval scholars such as Origen, Augustine, and Aquinas. Also listed as RELS325, which cannot be taken for credit in addition to this course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: MATH121. An introductory study of the nature of macroeconomics, with emphasis on national income determination and the monetary system.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: MATH121. An introductory study of the nature of microeconomics, with emphasis on consumption, production, and resource allocation from a private and social point of view.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

An introduction to the American criminal justice system, its historical and philosophical background; its organizations, agencies, and processes; the development of modern police, court and corrections practices, and the role of the criminal justice system in a democratic society.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

The geography of the natural environments and human societies of the European, Russian, North American, Middle American, and South American Realms.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

A systematic analysis of the elements of cultural geography, including population, settlement, resource utilization, and landscape modification.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Applications of psychology to the educative process.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

A study of growth and socio-emotional development throughout the life span, with emphasis on fundamental principles of development.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

An exploration of the development, trends, and current issues of voluntary and human service organizations with special emphasis on the purpose and scope of the nonprofit sector as it relates to government and the business sector in the United States. Classroom material and skills will be reinforced through participation in service learning.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisites: ECON201 and ECON202. Analysis of the factors determining aggregate national income, employment and unemployment, capital accumulation and economic growth, business cycles, and analysis of the monetary system.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

An introduction to the study of adjustment mechanisms in normal individuals, plus a survey presentation of broad areas of abnormal behavior and the major personality theorists.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: SOCL105 or SOCL107, or consent of the department. Analysis of world-wide human population change that stresses ecological influences on social structure, plus an introduction to population methods and microcomputer simulation of social processes.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: SOCL105. Analysis of crime and its causes, theories of criminal and delinquent behavior. Three hours of lecture. Also listed as SOCL320.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: Completion of 90 hours of coursework toward the General Studies degree. An interdisciplinary course based on readings from the disciplines of applied science, humanities, natural science, and social science, designed to provide students with an opportunity to use skills in research, analytical and critical thinking, writing, and oral communication.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

An introductory course intended to familiarize the student with principles and methods of accounting primarily concerned with financial data gathering and presentation in the form of general-purpose external financial statements.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Structure and function of the legal institutions in society and their relationship to business institutions including the following areas: Consumer protection, anti-trust, corporation reporting and securities, environment, employment and ethics.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: MATH121. An introductory study of the nature of macroeconomics, with emphasis on national income determination and the monetary system.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

A hands-on introduction to business-related application software, including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database management.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Lecture, reading, and discussion designed to introduce the student to the foundations of the teaching profession.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: ED201. A study of applications of educational technology for the classroom, with attention to selection of hardware and software, use of audiovisual media, and development of instructional materials.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: MATH121. An introductory study of the nature of microeconomics, with emphasis on consumption, production, and resource allocation from a private and social point of view.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

An introduction to the American criminal justice system, its historical and philosophical background; its organizations, agencies, and processes; the development of modern police, court and corrections practices, and the role of the criminal justice system in a democratic society.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Study of basic managerial functions in organizations such as planning, organizing, leading, and controlling, including individual and group behavior, motivation, leadership, strategy, group dynamics, as well as ethics and the global economy.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: Junior standing. A conceptual overview of the exchange activities and processes involved in providing goods and services for the creation of stakeholder value. Emphasis is given to the efficient and effective use of controllable marketing variables and their interdependence with internal/external factors. The role of marketing in the firm and society is examined along with the current domestic and international market environments.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: MKT301. An intensive analysis of the marketing process with an emphasis on decision-making. Analytical tools and concepts are applied to determine areas such as level, mix, and strategic use of marketing efforts. Specific tasks such as market segmentation, product and pricing policies, channel management, promotional design, and consumer behavior are investigated and integrated in the development of a firm's total marketing program.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: BLAW280. This course examines the developing body of modern employment law. Topics include the at-will doctrine, wrongful discharge, just cause, tort and breach of contract claims, invasion of privacy, ERISA, COBRA, OSHA, workers compensation, sexual harassment, state and federal employment discrimination laws, and other forms of protective legislation such as FMLA and FLSA.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $851.51

Prerequisite: Completion of 90 hours of coursework toward the General Studies degree. An interdisciplinary course based on readings from the disciplines of applied science, humanities, natural science, and social science, designed to provide students with an opportunity to use skills in research, analytical and critical thinking, writing, and oral communication.

In addition to your program's outlined courses, you will be required to satisfy the following course requirements:

General Education coursework: 39 credit hours required**

  • English: 6 hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences: 6 hours
  • Math: 6 hours
  • Natural Sciences: 9 hours
  • Humanities: 9 hours
  • Fine Arts: 3 hours

Enrichment Electives: 27 hours required**

  • Area 1: Additional courses in your chosen concentration area (Humanities, Social Sciences or Applied Sciences)—9hours
  • Area 2: Humanities/Social Science/Natural Science—9 hours, not in the same area as Area 1
  • Area 3: Humanities/Social Science/Natural Science—9 hours, not in area 1 or area 2

Misc. Electives: 15 hours required**

*Includes tuition and fees based on Fall 2017 pricing and subject to change without notice. Undergraduate students will also be required to pay an online flat fee of $50 per term.

**Based on 120 credit hours needed for graduation and will vary based on number of transfer credits accepted.

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