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Bachelor of Arts in General Studies - Online

Trine University, United States


Next enrollment cycle

January 2024

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First Year Course Fee

USD 11,970

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  • 4 Years
  • Online
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

A Bachelor of Arts in General Studies with a self-designed major sets the foundation to develop your own areas of expertise. This degree is an excellent choice if you are looking to pave a personal path toward your own career while creating an individualized learning experience.

By providing a variety of options across multiple disciplines, our online general studies degree allows you to excel in the academic areas best suited to your own skills, interests and future goals.

The Experience

As a student in this online General Studies program, you'll have access to Trine University’s vast cross-curricular expertise. You will learn to think critically, communicate effectively and synthesize knowledge across multiple disciplines – skills critical to success in any career. A bachelor's degree in General Studies can be the most personally rewarding major because it is tailored to your specific needs and interests.

The Results

As a graduate of the Trine University B.A. in General Studies degree with a self-designed major program, you are ready to enter many professional fields or continue on to an advanced degree within the major you found most rewarding. The General Studies degree embodies the central philosophy of a liberal arts education that learning to think critically and to read and write well across multiple disciplines will propel you to success in any career. It demonstrates to present and future employers that you are a self-starter and  that you have the drive and intelligence to work through a rigorous university-level program applicable to all workplace settings.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2024
  • May 2024
  • August 2024

To be admitted to Trine University's TrineOnline, you will need to submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts showing evidence of graduation from an accredited high school or
  • acceptable score on the General Education Development (GED) exam
  • Official transcripts from ALL post–secondary schools attended
  • You will be contacted by a director of admission to help guide you through the process and help you secure your transcripts. 

Total Credit Hours - 120

General Education - 36 credit hours

• ENG 143 College Composition

• HUM 203 Humanities Seminar

• SP 203 Effective Speaking

Humanities Elective

• HIS 103 American History I

• HIS 113 American History II

• Math Elective

• Science Elective

• Math or Science Elective

• PSY 113 Principles of Psychology

• POLS 113 Introduction to Government

• CSIT 103 Introduction to Information Systems

Additional Requirements - 36 credit hours

• UE 101 University Experience - 1 credit hour

Electives - 35 credit hours

Self-Designed Studies - 48 credit hours

Self-Designed Electives - 45 credit hours

• GS 4003 General Studies Senior Capstone Project

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