Bachelor of Arts in General Studies Eastern Kentucky University
EKU’s online bachelor’s degree in general studies allows you to align your previous coursework and current classes with your interests and career goals. Balancing the critical skills needed to advance in the workforce with a thorough background in the liberal arts. Graduates have broad employment and graduate/professional school opportunities.
Format: 100% online
Credit Hours: 120 hours
Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 90 hours*
Career Options: Business, education, government, health care, real estate, social service, and technology
* A minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed with EKU
Enhance your degree with a minor or certificate
Online students are eligible to select from a wide range of minors, allowing you to explore interests or make use of prior credits.
Students can also choose from numerous undergraduate certificates in specialty areas that complement and enhance their experience and previous credits as they work toward their degree.
What sets our program apart?
EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation with a real-world focus, providing the opportunity to design a degree plan that’s meaningful to each student’s interests and career path.
- Fully accredited, brick-and-mortar institution
- 8-week terms
- Special tuition for active duty service members
- Personalized graduation plan
- Study anytime, from anywhere
- Quality courses from respected faculty who teach the same classes online and on-campus
- Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees
Why choose EKU?
EKU is a regionally accredited, brick-and-mortar institution that is ranked among the nation's best colleges and has been educating students for more than a century. Eastern has received numerous honors, including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation and one of the most veteran-friendly campuses.
Scholarships and Funding
Grants are a type of financial support that does not need to be repaid. Many grants are based on financial need alone, however, some grants also take academic performance, academic degree program, and/or residence status into consideration.
Grants are available at the federal and state level.
Private student loans are not funded or subsidized by the federal government; instead, they are funded by banks, credit unions, or other types of lenders.
The bank or lender – not the federal government – sets interest rates, loan limits, terms, and conditions of private student loans. Your ability to qualify for and borrow a private student loan may be based on numerous factors that can include your credit history, whether or not you choose to have a co-signer, your co-signer’s credit history, your choice of school, and your course of study. These loans do not offer the flexible repayment terms or borrower protections featured by federal student loans.
Employer Tuition Reimbursement
Employer tuition reimbursement includes a variety of employer-sponsored programs to help employees pay for college. In many cases, the funds received from these programs will be excluded from income and are tax-free.
Employee tuition reimbursement programs are typically governed by an employer’s human resources department. Employers may provide up to $5,250 per year in employer education assistance benefits for undergraduate or graduate courses.
Your employer may require you to attain a particular grade or to complete a program in order to obtain reimbursement. The employer may also require that you remain employed for a period of time after completing the course of study. Finally, your employer may require you to provide receipts or other substantiation of the educational expenses.
For information on veteran and active duty military services and offerings, contact the EKU Office of Military and Veteran Affairs at 859.622.2345. EKU is repeatedly recognized by both Military Times and GI Jobs as a leader among Military Friendly® Schools and we look forward to helping you reach your goals.
These scholarships are awarded by an organization other than the government or university. They are available from a number of groups, organizations, and entities nationwide. These scholarships can be general in nature or very specialized and tied to the type of work you would be doing after graduation.
If you receive an outside scholarship, you must notify your financial aid office so the award can be properly reported as part of your total aid package. Failure to report awards can result in the award not being accepted or a portion of the funds having to be repaid due to overpayment.
Departmental scholarships are awarded by specific EKU departments. The types, size, and criteria for these scholarships will vary by department.
If you receive a departmental scholarship, you must notify your financial aid office so the award can be properly reported as part of your total aid package. Failure to report awards can result in the award not being accepted or a portion of the funds having to be repaid due to overpayment.
EKU is fortunate to have hundreds of generous individuals and organizations that have donated scholarship money for current EKU students from a variety of backgrounds, situations, and interests. These are referred to as EKU Foundation Scholarships. Due to the number of these scholarships and the varying criteria for them, EKU has developed a single Foundation Scholarship application.
After completing the application, you will be considered for any foundation scholarship for which you are eligible. Criteria for these scholarships vary and can include academics, major, interests, place of residence, and more.
Core Courses --- 3 hours
- GSD 399: Professional Skill Development
Upper Divison Requirements --- 42 hours
Free Electives --- 39 hours
EKU General Education Requirements --- 39 hours
Total Hours Required for Degree Completion --- 120 hours
Program Tuition Fee
Higher education is a critical component of advancing in the workforce. Earning a degree requires not only hard work but a significant time commitment, and sometimes life gets in the way.
If you started your degree and had to stop for any reason, EKU’s online general studies degree could be the first step to reaching your goals.
The general studies degree program has a generous credit transfer policy and is ideal for individuals with previous college credits.
The degree is also flexible and can be applied to jobs in a variety of fields including:
- Real estate
- Social services
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