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Bachelor of General Studies Online

This undergraduate degree completion program provides foundational business knowledge in marketing, economics, management, and accounting as well as an introduction to the fields of education and criminal justice.

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Program Overview

Follow your passion in this customizable, interdisciplinary online degree program! With the Bachelor of General Studies, 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.

Total Program Tuition icon $284* Per Credit Hour
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Credit Hours icon 120 Credit Hours
Total Program Tuition icon $284.* Total Program Tuition
Program Duration icon Varies Program Duration
Credit Hours icon 120 Credit Hours

This program allows you to make full use of courses taken at other accredited institutions and to choose classes that 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 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, knowledgeable LSUS professors can help guide you along the way. With affordable pay-as-you-go tuition, multiple start dates per year, and an excellent Career Services office, you will quickly be on your way to advancing your career!

Have questions or need more information about our online programs?

Our professors are approachable, providing online students with the same individualized learning our on-campus students enjoy.

Tuition

The BGS online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents.

Tuition Per Credit Hour
$284* Tuition Per Credit Hour

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Per Credit Hour Per 3 Credit-Hour Course Total Tuition
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total Total
$235.67 $48.18 $283.85 $706.99 $144.54 $851.53 $34,062**
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"We have mail, we have phone, and our office hours. I tend to use video conferencing for my office hours, so you'll be able to see me directly, and I can speak with you. You're able to see other students as well."

-Dr. Tim Shaughnessy, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics and Finance

Calendar

The BGS online program is designed to be flexible and convenient, featuring accelerated course work and multiple start dates per year.

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Start Date App Deadline Doc Deadline Registration Begins Early Registration & Tuition Deadline Final Tuition Deadline
3/18/2019 2/25/2019 3/4/2019 11/5/2018 3/6/2019 3/13/2019
5/13/2019 4/22/2019 4/29/2019 4/8/2019 5/1/2019 5/8/2019
7/8/2019 6/17/2019 6/24/2019 4/8/2019 6/26/2019 7/3/2019
9/2/2019 8/12/2019 8/19/2019 4/8/2019 8/21/2019 8/28/2019
10/28/2019 10/7/2019 10/14/2019 4/8/2019 10/16/2019 10/23/2019

Note: All payments must be made no later than 11:30 p.m. CST. Payment for classes added after the Final Tuition Deadline will need to be made prior to 11:30 p.m. the next day. Students who register and/or pay after the Final Tuition Deadline may be subject to a $50 late fee.

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Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward earning your degree and achieving your personal goals. We’ve streamlined the process to help you get started quickly and easily. LSUS offers multiple options to qualify for admission to undergraduate programs. Please find the option below that matches your admission type.

Transfer Students With 18+ Hours College-Level Course Work +

Students who would like to transfer to LSU Shreveport and have earned at least 18 hours of college-level course work must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Be eligible to return to the institution from which he or she is transferring
  • Have earned at least a 2.0 GPA on all college-level course work attempted
  • Have completed a college-level English and a college-level mathematics course with at least a "C" grade
  • Applicants are required to submit all transcripts to the LSUS Admissions Committee, who will review and determine the total number of transferable credits. Some credits may not be transferable and are at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. Applicants deemed to have fewer than 18 transferable credits after review will be required to meet the Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students with Fewer Than 18 Hours College-Level Coursework OR the requirements for First-Time Freshmen if none of the previous credits are deemed transferable.

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Transfer Students With Fewer Than 18 Hours College-Level Course Work +

Students who have earned less than 18 college-level academic hours must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Be eligible to return to the institution from which he or she is transferring
  • Have earned at least a 2.0 GPA on all college-level course work attempted
  • Meet admission standards for first-time freshman, as outlined below

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In-State First-Time Freshman: Age 24 and Younger +

All in-state first-time freshman students age 24 and younger must meet the following requirements:

  • Have completed or be on track to complete the Board of Regents High School Core curriculum
  • Have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.0 (on 4.0 scale)
  • Meet both of the following ACT/SAT subscore requirements:
    • ACT English subscore greater than or equal to an 18 (SAT Critical Reading 450)
    • ACT Math subscore greater than or equal to a 19 (SAT Math 460)
    • If one above mentioned ACT/SAT subscore is met, and the other subscore is within two points of the needed subscore (example: The ACT Math score is 19, and the English score is 16), and all other requirements are met, the student could be admissible to LSUS
  • Meet one of the following requirements:
    • Cumulative CORE curriculum GPA of at least 2.0 (on 4.0 scale)
    • An ACT composite score of at least 20 or an SAT combined Critical Reading and Math score of 940

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Out-of-State or Homeschooled First-Time Freshman: Age 24 and Younger +

All out-of-state or homeschooled first-time freshman students must meet one of the following requirement options:

  • Option 1: Meet the in-state student requirements listed above for appropriate entry term
  • Option 2:
    • Have at least 17 of the 19 units of the Louisiana Board of Regents High School Core Curriculum
    • Have a minimum cumulative and core GPA of 2.0 (on 4.0 scale)
    • Have an ACT composite score of at least 20 or an SAT combined Critical Reading and Math score of 940, with ACT subscores
  • Option 3:
    • Have an ACT composite score of at least 23 or an SAT combined Critical Reading and Math score of 1050 AND
    • Have ATC subscores of at least 18 in English and 19 in Math (or SAT equivalents)
  • If one above mentioned ACT/SAT subscore is met, and the other subscore is within two points of the needed subscore (example: The ACT Math score is 19, and the English score is 16), and all other requirements are met, the student could be admissible to LSUS

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First-Time Freshman: Age 25 and Older +

A first-time freshman who is 25 years of age or older is not required to meet the Board of Regents' minimum admission criteria for first-time freshmen.

However, he or she must meet the standardized test score requirements listed in the above sections regarding traditional first-time freshmen. This is determined by ACT, SAT, COMPASS, or placement tests.

Students must have high school transcripts or proof of high school graduation sent to the Admissions Office.

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Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources should be mailed to:

LSUS
Admissions and Records Office
One University Place
Shreveport, LA 71115

Transcripts may also be submitted via secure means—e.g., eSCRIP-SAFE—to admissions@lsus.edu.

LSUS students work with their own personal advisor from enrollment through graduation.

Courses

Students in the BGS online degree program are required to complete 39 credit hours of Applied Sciences courses in addition to 81 hours of general education and elective requirements. †

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Students must take the following courses.

ACCT 205: Introductory Financial Accounting

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

BLAW 280: Legal Environment of Business

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

ECON 201: Principles of Macroeconomics

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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

ISDS 150: Business Computer Applications

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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

ED 201: Introduction to Foundations of Education

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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

ED 202: Introduction to Technology in Education

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

ECON 202: Principles of Microeconomics

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

CJ 107: Introduction to Criminal Justice

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

MADM 301: Principles of Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

MKT 301: Principles of Marketing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

MKT 401: Marketing Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

MADM 415: Labor Law

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

GS 491: Senior Seminar

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

General Education course work: 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 the Applied Sciences concentration area: 9 hours
  • Area 2/Humanities/Social Science/Natural Science: 9 hours different from Area 1 hours
  • Area 3/Humanities/Social Science/Natural Science: 9 hours different from Area 1 and 2 hours

Misc. Electives: 15 hours required†

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*Includes tuition and fees based on Spring 2019 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 undergraduate credit hours needed for graduation. Total program cost varies based on number of transfer credit hours accepted. Undergraduate students will also be required to pay an online flat fee of $50 per term which is not reflected in the total program tuition above.

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

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