General Studies (Bachelor of Arts)
Not sure what direction you want to go in your professional life, but you know you want a solid education for real-world success? Earn your online Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from Grantham University. With courses designed to reflect the latest trends and market developments, this degree will help you prepare for a brighter, more professional future.
This degree in general studies program features a higher-level curriculum in mathematics, social and behavioral sciences, humanities and natural sciences – as well as a major emphasis on clear communication. More than half of the required classes involve writing for content and persuasion.
The degree can prepare you for a number of professional positions, from administrative areas to the sales floor – any job requiring effective communication. And because these skills are universally important in both private and public sectors, you could work almost anywhere.
At 121 credit hours, your online general studies degree is designed to be completed in 38 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term.
The undergraduate rate is $265 per credit hour – lower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. Grantham also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.
Courses begin weekly, so we’re ready when you are.
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General Studies (Bachelor of Arts)
After successfully completing the general studies courses, you will be able to:
- Effectively communicate, analyze and synthesize knowledge from a variety of academic disciplines
- Analyze the perspectives and terminology of an array of academic disciplines
- Demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills
- Apply the knowledge of the liberal arts and sciences in appropriate ways
- Demonstrate skills in research, writing and presentation across a variety of disciplines
Grantham University prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these five critical life skills into the curriculum:
- Communication – competence in effective written and oral communication
- Critical Thinking – ability to analyze problems, reflectively process information and formulate solutions
- Respect for Diversity – awareness of and appreciation for varieties of human experiences and social structures
- Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibilities – responsibility to the greater societal good and an applied ethical framework in decision making
- Lifelong Learning – definition for and acquisition of a continuing pursuit of educational needs throughout their professional lives
General Studies (Bachelor of Arts)
A Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from Grantham can prepare you for a number of professional opportunities in private business or in the public sector.
General Studies (Bachelor of Arts)
Grantham University’s 100% online general studies degree coursework is designed to help you prepare for success in your next career.
|Total Credit Hours:||43|
|Course: GU100||Title: Student Success||Credits: 1|
|This required one-credit hour course introduces Grantham students to various strategies for learning and helps develop skills essential for succeeding in an online education program. Students complete selfassessments to become familiar with their learning styles and how to use their learning styles in online studies. Students successfully completing this course are more proficient in time management, reading skills, writing techniques, memory abilities, and test-taking strategies. Students learn how to navigate within Grantham University's online course learning environment, submit assignments, and where to go for academic assistance. GU100 is normally taken with level 100 or 200 courses that offer the most common challenges in working in an online learning environment. Students complete assignments in both courses simultaneously as a learning strategy for general education and entry-level knowledge acquisition while developing successful online study skills. Successful completion of G|
|Course: PL201||Title: Introduction to Philosophy||Credits: 3|
|This course provides an introduction to philosophy, emphasizing content coverage and development of critical reasoning skills. It pays serious attention to the personal and practical relevance of philosophy by focusing on its experiential, therapeutic, and social applications. Topics include the definition of philosophy, philosophical argument, epistemology and metaphysics, ethics and moral decision making, and political philosophy.|
|Course: BA250||Title: Personal Finance||Credits: 3|
|This introductory course provides the student with a basic understanding of personal financial planning. The course is designed to help students understand how to plan for a successful financial future for themselves and their families. The course offers a comprehensive treatment of financial planning to help students understand the complexities of today's financial world and evaluate their financial options through a formal decision-making approach.|
|Course: CA408||Title: Research Methods||Credits: 3|
|Research Methods presents a broad view of the methods and techniques for conducting academic and professional research. The course focuses on why and when research is performed, the methodologies involved, and a description of the applied statistical tests most often used. Techniques and procedures are compared and contrasted so each student gains a firm understanding of what method or test to use and why. Topics include: the research enterprise, theory and research, ethics in research, research design, sampling techniques, questionnaires, interviews, observational techniques, secondary data, reliability and validity issues, data coding, hypothesis testing, and sampling distributions.|
|Course: CA499||Title: Professional Strategies||Credits: 3|
|Professional Strategies is designed as a senior-level capstone course to be taken at the end of the Multidisciplinary Studies program. This capstone course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize and articulate their undergraduate experience by demonstrating knowledge and skills acquired in previous coursework and/or work experience. Professional Studies reviews the fundamentals of research and the utilization of these skills in a professional environment. The course will require two research papers whose topics must be approved by the course instructor.|
|Course: EN361||Title: Technical Writing||Credits: 3|
|This course teaches the skills needed to produce such forms as memos, informal reports, proposals, and letters of applications. The course starts with theory and proceeds to skills and applications. Some of the topics studied include the Technical Writing Process, Research, Summarizing, Outlining, and Formatting of various reports. Your knowledge of the subject matter will be evaluated through objective tests, and your writing skills will be evaluated by your performance on writing assignments.|
|Course: PA301||Title: Introduction to Public Administration||Credits: 3|
|Public administration is a broad-ranging and amorphous combination of theory and practice; its purpose is to promote a superior understanding of government and its relationship with the society it governs, as well as to encourage public policies more responsive to social needs and to institute managerial practices attuned to effectiveness, efficiency, and human requirements of the citizenry.|
|Course: PL301||Title: Practical Philosophy||Credits: 3|
|This course uses a multidisciplinary approach To explore original essays combined with classical and contemporary readings from philosophy, science, and literature. Both structure and content emphasize the relevance of philosophy to other disciplines. Topics include the meaning of life, existentialism, ethics, social and political philosophy, and the philosophy of science, metaphysics, and the existence of God.|
|Course: PL401||Title: Philosophy of Science and Technology||Credits: 3|
|This course provides an introduction to philosophy and its relationship to technology. An anthology of scholarly and popular articles explores the positive, negative, ethical and unethical issues faced by society as technology changes the world that we live in - on a personal, national, and international level. Interactive activities encourage the student to think critically, analytically, and creatively, and challenge him/her to develop new ideas and map solutions to current technological and sociological issues. Topics include ethics and technology, history of technology, energy, ecology, population, health and technology, technology and the Third World, and technology of the future.|
|Course: CO101||Title: Introduction to Public Speaking||Credits: 3|
|This course focuses on the basic principles of effective verbal communication and the related functions in contemporary public settings. Emphasis is placed on speech to inform and to persuade, with special consideration given to fundamental communication skills, including organization, reasoning, explanation, and listening. Students will learn to prepare a speech without the need to memorize the presentation. This course is designed to help students understand the difference between ideas and memorizing words. The progression of learning should help students learn to understand, value, and practice the human communication process.|
|Course: CS105||Title: Introduction to Computer Applications||Credits: 3|
|Students are introduced to basic computer concepts as well as techniques and tools for folder and file navigation and manipulation. Students explore the fundamentals of an office productivity suite, developing skills in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications.|
|Course: EN101||Title: English Composition I||Credits: 3|
|This course develops written communication skills with emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings and practicing writing for personal and professional applications.|
|Course: EN102||Title: English Composition II||Credits: 3|
|This is a freshman college-level writing course designed to build on skills learned in EN101. The student is expected to complete writing assignments that spring from assigned reading material, which clearly evince an awareness of social issues. Upon successful completion of EN102, students should be competent in reading, reflecting on, and responding to literature using scholarly analysis, organizing clear and effective writing with a thesis statement, anticipating bias by viewing all sides of an issue, performing effective research using library resources, monitoring tone and using appropriate argumentative skills when pursuing a thesis, using MLA formatting guidelines for research papers, and avoiding plagiarism with careful documentation.|
|Course: GU299||Title: General Education Capstone||Credits: 3|
|GU299 is the capstone course for Grantham University's general education program, and it serves a dual purpose. First, GU299 helps students bridge the gap between the broad-based learning they experience throughout their general education courses and the discipline-specific learning they will engage in as they move closer toward degree completion. By highlighting the specific skills and knowledge they attained through their general studies and working with them to incorporate those skills and that knowledge within their specific academic areas, students will achieve a greater awareness of how knowledge is intertwined, and better recognize how information drawn from one experience can be applied directly toward another, leading them to become more actively engaged, socially-aware citizens of the various communities to which they belong.|
|Course: HU260||Title: Strategies for Decision Making||Credits: 3|
|This course is about becoming a better thinker in every aspect of your life: in your career, and as a consumer, citizen, friend, parent, and lover. Discover the core skills of effective thinking; then analyze your own thought processes, identify weaknesses, and overcome them. Learn how to translate more effective thinking into better decisions, less frustration, more wealth - and above all, greater confidence to pursue and achieve your most important goals in life.|