Bachelor's in General Studies

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Why Choose General Studies?

Our flexible and forward-thinking four-year degree program rewards your focus and independence with a degree you tailor to your long-term career goals. Choose subjects and courses that interest you most to fast-track your path to a variety of professions. A general studies degree equips you with advanced self-discipline and organizational skills valued in many industries, from education to hospitality to business.

What You'll Learn 

We believe in the freedom and flexibility to create your future on your terms. To plan this customizable four-year degree, you’ll design an approved curriculum with the help of advisors to choose the most beneficial courses from across the core nine goal areas and continue your coursework with specialized subjects that support your specific professional goals.

Program Details

A Bachelor’s degree prepares you for a rising career and for future graduate study by emphasizing clear communication, critical thinking, and a leading-edge understanding of your chosen field. View the core requirements and electives needed to earn a Bachelor's in General Studies from Columbia College.

Associate degree programs offer a focused exploration of general education subjects and can typically be completed in two years. Graduates are prepared to either shape their path in the workforce or advance to a bachelor's program. Bachelor's degree programs provide transformative study in a specific subject area to prepare you for new and leading-edge career opportunities.

  • History
  • Literature
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Communications
  • Art

Pair your degree with a related minor or explore your other interests without taking on a full course load.

Careers & Outcomes 

Whether you choose to focus in the liberal arts or in the sciences, a college degree in general studies demonstrates that you have the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the industry of your choice – and that you have the self-discipline and organizational abilities that 21st-century employers are looking for.

Flexible Education

Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.


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because a future built by you is a future built for you.

Too many people have been made to feel that higher education isn’t a place for them— that it is someone else’s dream. But we change all that. With individualized attention and ongoing support, we help you write a new story for the future where you play the starring role.