Bachelor of Science in General Studies (Online)

General

Program Description

Designed to produce well-rounded critical thinkers with the ability to analyze and synthesize disparate topics and to direct actions based on an understanding of ethical behavior and personal responsibility.

Medaille’s Bachelor of Science in General Studies is ideal for working adults who already have approximately two years of college credit or an associate degree, and who need flexible scheduling options. The program is designed to produce well-rounded critical thinkers with the ability to analyze and synthesize disparate topics, function effectively in workplace teams, and direct actions based on an understanding of ethical behavior and personal responsibility.

If you're looking to secure two years' worth of credits in order to begin this program, the Associate in Science in General Studies is an excellent method to do so. Not only do you earn the necessary credits to move into a bachelor's degree, but you also earn a two-year degree in the process.

"The surprising power of the general studies degree: take a look at the skills employers say they’re after. LinkedIn’s research on the most sought-after job skills by employers for 2019 found that the three most-wanted “soft skills” were creativity, persuasion and collaboration, while one of the five top “hard skills” was people management."

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What can you do with a bachelor's degree in general studies?

Those who earn a bachelor’s degree in general studies make an average of $58,000 per year in careers such as:

  • Public Relations Director
  • Brand Manager
  • Technical Writer
  • Social Worker
  • Software Consultant
  • Copywriter
  • General Manager
  • Executive Assistant
  • Risk Management Specialist
  • Nonprofit Program Manager

Program Format

Online
  • 7-week terms.
  • Complete your degree in 2-4 years (depending on prior work, transfer credits, and credits taken each term)
  • The online program has no scheduled class times — while there are weekly due dates, you can complete your coursework on a schedule that works best for you.

Curriculum

Humanities

(Minimum of 6 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 8 credits per recommended sequence following)

One HUM course must be a writing course. Recommended courses:

  • ENG 111 Writing Effective Essays (4) [or equivalent]
  • ENG 201 Writing the Research Paper (4) [or equivalent]

Natural Sciences

(Minimum of 3 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 4 credits per recommended sequence following)

Recommended course: 

  • GEN 241 Scientific Methods and Discovery (4) or
  • BIO 150 Environmental Studies (4 - online only) [or equivalent]

Ethics

(Minimum of 3 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 4 credits per recommended sequence following)

Recommended course: 

  • PHI 190 Ethical Issues for Today (4)
  • [or equivalent]
Mathematics

(Minimum of 3 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 4 credits per recommended sequence following)

Recommended course: 

  • MAT 121 Mathematical Applications (4) or
  • MAT 203 Statistics for Today’s Business (4) [or equivalent]
Social Sciences

(Minimum of 6 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 8 credits per recommended sequence following)

Students are required to complete two social sciences courses. Typical courses include:

  • GEN 221 Cultural Interactions: Early American Experiences (4)
  • HIS 210 Immigration in America (4 - online only)
  • HIS 251 Perspectives: The World Today (4)
  • PSY 101 General Psychology (4)
Computer Skills

(Minimum of 3 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 4 credits per recommended sequence following)

  • CIS 118 Computer Skills and Applications (4) or
  • CIS 160 Essential Technologies for Today (4 - online only)
Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives (21 credits)

Students are required to complete 21 credits of Liberal Arts and Sciences courses. Courses in the humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences are considered Liberal Arts and Sciences courses. Electives should be discussed in consultation with a student’s academic advisor.

300-400 Level Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives (18 credits)

Students are required to complete 18 credits of 300-400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences courses. Courses in the humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences are considered Liberal Arts and Sciences courses. Electives should be discussed in consultation with a student’s academic advisor.

Free Electives (57 credits)

Note: Online students are required to successfully complete INT 010 Online Prep prior to beginning their course sequence.

Medaille Fits Your Life

At Medaille College, we understand the challenges of being a working adult with high career aspirations. That’s why Medaille’s Adult & Graduate programs are designed specifically to fit your already busy schedule. With Medaille, you can earn your degree and still have time for work and family. Medaille College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

  • Personalized support.
  • Guaranteed classes.
  • Collaborative learning environment.
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available.
Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Medaille College is a private, nonsectarian four-year college with campuses in Buffalo, Rochester and online. Medaille focuses on your success as a student and as a future professional by offering und ... Read More

Medaille College is a private, nonsectarian four-year college with campuses in Buffalo, Rochester and online. Medaille focuses on your success as a student and as a future professional by offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in hands-on, practitioner-based learning environments on campus and in the Western New York community. Read less
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