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  • Online BS in General Studies


    The accredited online Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies provides you with a broadly based curriculum designed to encourage an understanding of the forces and concepts that shape the contemporary world. This flexible, fully-online program is designed for those who wish to gain a breadth of knowledge in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences fields.

    What Is A General Studies Degree?

    In consultation with your academic advisor, you'll create an individualized concentration tailored to meet your specific needs.  This transfer-friendly program is perfect for those who've already earned a large number of credits from prior studies at other universities or colleges. 

    What Can You Do With A General Studies Degree?

    The general studies degree provides students with versatile knowledge in a variety of subject matter. Depending on your concentration, you may pursue a career in a wide variety of fields - the flexibility of a general studies degree allows students to custom-tailor the program to their fields of interest. A general studies degree may also be an option for those looking to pursue a more specific graduate degree.

    This program is only available on a part-time basis.


    Drexel University offers Undergraduate Minors that can be added to any bachelor's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.

    Curriculum

    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    You can transfer up to 135 quarter credits (equivalent to 90 semester credits) from any accredited institution of higher learning as long as the grade is a C or better. Most credits will fulfill liberal arts or general classes.

    College Requirements  
    GSTD 200 Lifelong Learning Theory & Practice 3.0
    GSTD 491 Senior Project in General Studies 3.0
    English and Speech Requirements  
    ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research 3.0
    ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing 3.0
    ENGL 103 Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres 3.0
    COM 230 Techniques of Speaking 3.0
    Mathematics Requirements  
    MATH 181 Mathematical Analysis I 3.0
    MATH 182 Mathematical Analysis II 3.0
    MATH 183 Mathematical Analysis III 3.0
    Computing Requirement *  
    Select one of the following: 3.0
    CS 161 Introduction to Computing  
    CS 171 Computer Programming I  
    CT 230 Web Development I  
    PRST 211 Computer Applications for Professionals  
    PRST 212 Creative Studies in the World Wide Web  
    Upper Level Course Requirements  
    As you choose electives from the categories below, a minimum of 36.0 credits must be upper-level courses (typically 300-level and above).  
    Natural Science Electives  
    Select 9.0 credits from the following: ANAT, BIO, CHEM, FDSC, NFS, PHEV, PHYS. Courses from other departments may be considered with advisor approval. 9.0
    Specialization Requirements  
    Complete 45.0 credits within an area of specialization. The specialization is a set of courses built around a cohesive area of study, and must be approved by your academic advisor. The specialization will not appear on your transcript. 45.0
    Liberal Studies Requirements  
    Complete 36.0 credits in Liberal Studies, covering a range of subject areas in the humanities and/or social sciences: anthropology, psychology, sociology, political science, history, philosophy, religion, literature and fine arts. (Arts history or appreciation courses, rather than applied courses.) 36.0
    Free Electives 60.0
    Total Credits 180.0

    *Computing courses older than three years will not be accepted for transfer credit.

    Admissions Criteria

    • Transfer Students
      • A minimum of 24 previous college semester credits (36 quarter credits) with a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited institution
      • GPA of 2.5 or above
    • First-Year Students
      • Between 0 – 23 previous college semester credits from a regionally accredited institution
      • Must have earned high school diploma or GED a minimum of 2 years ago
    • Non-Matriculated Option
      • Drexel University also offers a non-matriculated option, where you can take courses without being enrolled in a degree-granting program.

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
      • Transfer Students
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
      • First-Year Students
        • Official high school transcripts
        • Official ACT/SAT scores
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2018-2019 is $501 per credit. (A 40% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $834 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

     

    Academic Calendar

    2018-2019 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2018

    September 24, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    Winter 2019

    January 7, 2019

    March 16, 2019

    March 18, 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Spring 2019

    April 1, 2019

    June 8, 2019

    June 10, 2019

    June 14, 2019

    Summer 2019

    June 24, 2019

    August 31, 2019

    September 3, 2019

    September 7, 2019

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