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  • Online BS in General Studies

    Overview


    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.


    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.

    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 200Lifelong Learning Theory & Practice3.0
    GSTD 491Senior Project in General Studies3.0
    English and Speech Requirements 
    ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
    ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
    ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
    COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
    Mathematics Requirements 
    MATH 181Mathematical Analysis I3.0
    MATH 182Mathematical Analysis II3.0
    MATH 183Mathematical Analysis III3.0
    Computing Requirement* 
    Select one of the following:3.0
    CS 161Introduction to Computing 
    CS 171Computer Programming I 
    CT 220Database I 
    CT 230Web Development I 
    PRST 211Computer Applications for Professionals 
    PRST 212Creative 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 Electives60.0
    Total Credits180.0

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

    Admissions Criteria

    • Transfer Students
      • A minimum of 24 previous college 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 credits
      • Must have been out of high school for a minimum of 2 years

    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 2017-2018 is $489 per credit. (A 40% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $814 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.
      • 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

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Term 
    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2017     

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018 

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

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