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Online Colleges for General Studies

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Methodology

To be included in these rankings, all colleges had to meet the following criteria for the specific subject being ranked:

  1. Offer an undergraduate degree (either associate or bachelor's) in that subject online
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2014-15

Once we had our list of schools for each subject, we ranked them on five criteria:

  1. In-state tuition, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  2. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
  3. Accessibility, based on the admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
  4. Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded in 2014-15 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  5. Related subjects, based on the number of similar topics for programs in relevant CIP codes that are offered at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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Online colleges offering degree programs in general studies allow students to select coursework from a wide variety of disciplines, rather than the single discipline usually required for a traditional major. Through taking a variety of core courses and electives, a student can come to better understand what they want out of education and even out of a future career. Many paths could lead a student to major in general studies. Here are three common ones:

  • A student has accumulated credits across such a range of fields that choosing a general studies major makes the most sense.
  • A student has changed schools multiple times and selecting a general studies major could resolve transfer credit issues.
  • A student has left school without a degree, but returned at a later date with new interests, and wants to make use of prior credits earned.

While few careers explicitly require a degree in general studies, the broad knowledge base of these majors can prove useful in a variety of fields. In many jobs, general-studies-relevant skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and effective communication can be more beneficial than a narrow disciplinary skill set. In addition, it has become increasingly common for workers to hold numerous positions at different employers during their working years. The versatility of an online degree in general studies may make it easier for students to make those transitions.

Best Online Colleges for General Studies in 2018

Using data provided by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), part of the National Center for Education Statistics, we have created an overview of the best online colleges for general studies from all U.S. colleges. Data points such as acceptance rate, graduation rate and tuition costs all played a part; you can read more about the methodology for our list at the bottom of this page.

All of these colleges are accredited, as school accreditation is very important for any student who wants to pursue a quality degree. Our list of the top 10 colleges for general education can help students narrow down their selection when seeking a school that fits their educational needs.

1

Garden City Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,880
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
16.39%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
51
School Type
2-year

Garden City Community College serves distance learners through the GCCC Online Campus, through which students can peruse online associate programs, certificate programs and elective courses. The online Associate of General Studies degree program at GCCC requires a total of 64 credit hours for completion. Students in the program are encouraged to take courses across all kinds of different fields. A few examples of available areas of specialization are:

  • Communications
  • Humanities and fine arts
  • Mathematics
  • Personal and career development

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

801 Campus Dr.
Garden City, KS 67846-6333
 
2

Jamestown Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$5,500
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
14.79%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
1
School Type
2-year

Founded in 1950, Jamestown Community College is part of the State University of New York system. As of 2018, JCC offers 15 different fully online programs, 10 for associate degrees and five for certificates. Like all 10 schools on this list, JCC has an open admissions policy, meaning its only admission requirement is earning a high school diploma or a GED certificate. 

The college's online A.S. in Individual Studies program is intended for undergraduate students who are interested in pursing a bachelor's degree and transferring to a four-year university, but are undecided on their career path. Earning this associate degree can be an excellent step for entering into a degree-completion program at an accredited four-year college after graduation.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Location:

525 Falconer St.
Jamestown, NY 14701
 
3

Genesee Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$4,460
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
26.68%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
8
School Type
2-year

Located in Batavia, New York, Genesee Community College is one of only two voter-established community colleges in the Empire State. Another member of the State University of New York system, this college has transfer agreements with 19 different fully accredited four-year universities. GCC is also a member of the American Association of Community Colleges.

The school offers a total of 15 online programs, among them its associate degree program in liberal arts and science-general studies. Students who enroll in GCC's general studies program can work with an academic advisor in hopes of designing a course of study that supports their interests and possible career choices. 

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Location:

One College Rd.
Batavia, NY 14020
 
4

Erie Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$5,408
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
23.12%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
13
School Type
2-year

The accredited Erie Community College serves its undergraduate online students through 13 different associate's degree programs. ECC's AS in General Studies degree is designed to address two goals:

  1. To provide students with a well-rounded educational foundation.
  2. To prepare students for transferring to a four-year university and completing requirements for a bachelor's degree.

The program can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis, and it strives to provide an equal balance between study in mathematics and laboratory sciences, the school notes. ECC also recommends that applicants to the program contact the ECC General Studies department after being accepted into the program in order to obtain advice on coursework and program planning.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Location:

121 Ellicott St.
Buffalo, NY 14203-2698
 
5

Fulton-Montgomery Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$4,770
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
11.02%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
2
School Type
2-year

This accredited community college, located about an hour north of Albany, offers 27 associate's degree programs, including three fully online degree paths. Fulton-Montgomery Community College takes pride in the services its on-campus renovations have been able to make available to its students. However, it does not neglect its off-campus students either.

FMCC's Associate's in Liberal Arts and Sciences-general studies is an online program primarily for undergraduate students who intend to transfer to a four-year university, perhaps to complete additional educational requirements for a bachelor's degree. FM is part of the SUNY system.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Location:

2805 State Hwy. 67
Johnston, NY 12095-3790
 
6

Jefferson Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$5,067
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
26.09%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
5
School Type
2-year

Students attending the accredited Jefferson Community College in Watertown can choose to pursue an online program leading to an AA, AS or AAS in General Studies, depending on their goals. Each of these degree paths can help online students build a foundation in communications, social sciences, humanities or mathematics.

JCC, which is part of the State University of New York system, has transfer agreements in place with select colleges and universities, helping students to continue their educational journeys. Like the other schools on our list, JCC also has an open admissions policy, giving it a perfect score for acceptance rate for anybody who satisfies the admission requirement of having earned a high school diploma or a GED certificate.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Location:

1220 Coffeen St.
Watertown, NY 13601-1897
 
7

Glen Oaks Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$4,824
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
28.40%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
4
School Type
2-year

Located in Centreville, Michigan, Glen Oaks Community College offers 18 different associate's degree programs to undergraduate students. The Associate of General Studies degree program at GOCC is offered through Michigan Colleges Online, a consortium of colleges throughout the state, and delivered through the learning management platform Canvas.

This online program combines a broad range of lower-division core courses that students can tailor to their specific academic or professional needs. It's designed for undergraduate students who are unsure of their career or educational goals. Students who complete the degree requirements may find themselves ready to transfer to a four-year university and pursue additional study in education, religion, literature or another specialization.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Comission 

Location:

62249 Shimmel Rd.
Centreville, MI 49032-9719
 
8

Bristol Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$4,464
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
38.15%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
7
School Type
2-year

Serving on-campus students throughout the greater Fall River area through four campus locations, the accredited Bristol Community College also offers nine different fully online programs. BCC has two options for general studies: career transfer or mass transfer.

  • Career transfer is for students who wish to complete a general studies program in order to enter the workforce. This program's purpose is to help students prepare for possible entry into a broad range of entry-level careers, including work with medical records, corrections, clerical office and more.
  • Mass transfer is for students who want to earn credits that transfer directly to a four-year university, where they can complete a bachelor's degree program.

Accreditation:

  • Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Location:

777 Elsbree St.
Fall River, MA 02720-7395
 
9

Hudson Valley Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$5,426
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
37.50%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
School Type
2-year

Hudson Valley Community College offers 23 online degree programs, including its AA and AS in individual studies degree paths. The individual studies degree is for distance learners who prefer to self-structure their education. While many general studies programs are a good fit for students who are unsure of their career or educational goals, HVCC advises that students who enroll in its individual studies program should have clearly articulated career or college transfer plans. Students who live outside of New York state but take 100 percent of coursework online through HVCC meet criteria for in-state tuition rates.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Location:

80 Vandenburgh Ave.
Troy, NY 12180
 
10

Yavapai College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,280
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
37.85%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
23
School Type
2-year

Yavapai College is located in Prescott and has five other campus locations and education centers for on-campus students, but also supports online students. The final college in our top 10, Yavapai offers its students nine different associate degree programs and 17 certificate programs. Its online Associate of General Studies program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours to complete, with 28 credit hours dedicated to general education courses in three sections:

  1. Foundation Studies: Reading, writing, analysis
  2. Core Studies: Concepts from different cultures and schools of thought
  3. Area Studies: Thinking and communicating between academic disciplines

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

1100 E. Sheldon St.
Prescott AZ 86301
 
 
 

Degree Overview: General Studies

Being such a broad concept, it stands to reason that a general studies program can lay the foundation for numerous careers. Whether students want to work in government, health care, finance, science or education jobs, they should have an opportunity to learn desirable skills through a general studies curriculum. This section describes some of the abilities that general studies students may want to develop and the coursework that can help them do so.

Online General Studies Courses

Students that earn online general studies degrees become familiar with several academic disciplines within one program. While the specific curriculum and electives students can complete is likely to vary from school to school and from student to student, the following is a look at a few courses that may be worth considering if they are available in your program.

  • Public speaking: Employers are increasingly looking for workers who have mastered the ability to give presentations, which makes public speaking courses a wise investment. Such classes may include topics such as audience analysis, speech delivery techniques, rhetorical theories, types of speeches and speaking situations, and listening skills.
  • English composition: Composition courses give students the opportunity to sharpen their written communication skills. Aspects of the coursework may include essay construction; developing a writing style and tone; and the revision and editing process.
  • Economics: Classes in this field are designed to introduce students to economic concepts, which may include economic cycles and indicators, interest rates, scarcity and choice, and incentives and competition.
  • Accounting: Accounting principles — including cash flow, payroll, receivables and payables, inflation, financial statement analysis, income taxes and financial reporting — are, as one might expect, the primary focus of accounting courses.
  • Computer systems: It's not a bad idea to pick up some technological skills from a computer course or three. Specific subjects might include threats to data, word processing programs, spreadsheets, email applications, presentation-creation tools and audio-visual products.

Career-Related Skills to Develop

Online education for general studies allows students to explore various areas of interest. An online associate program will likely focus on lower-division courses and an online bachelor's program should offer more opportunities for upper-division courses, but there is potential to learn many skills useful in entry-level jobs across either degree level. The following are some of the skills general studies students should pay attention to during their coursework.

  • Learning: General studies programs are meant to pique students' curiosity about different academic disciplines. Recognizing how you learn best is important for workers in any field, as understanding this helps you to keep learning even after you graduate from college. Staying informed about developments in your profession helps to keep knowledge and skills current, which is critical for long-term success.
  • Verbal communication: Even online classes can require oral participation or recorded presentations, assignments that sharpen a student's ability to effectively present information in various settings. Verbal communication is necessary for almost any career, from having daily conversations with colleagues and/or clients in the workplace, to participating in meetings and giving work-related proposals.
  • Written communication: A good addition to any general studies degree program, courses in composition help students strengthen their written communication skills. As a result, they learn how to construct written materials based on the needs of an audience and the messages they want to convey.
  • Listening: Always a valuable skill, active listening is necessary in order to understand information, build relationships and solve problems.
  • Organization: A general studies degree program tends to be more open-ended than programs in other subjects, giving the participant a lot of freedom to decide on their own courses and concentrations. Deciding your own direction and keeping yourself motivated is a responsibility that can teach you a lot about decision-making, good planning and time management, all skills that are valuable for just about any career.
 

General Studies Career Outlook

A general studies degree can lead to a wealth of job opportunities. From forecasting market trends to helping an organization run smoothly, there are numerous options available for just about any skill set. Here are a few possibilities for general studies graduates to consider.

Administrative Services Managers
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$98,930
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
26,200
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
10.1
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Bachelor's degree

Administrative service managers are typically charged with planning and coordinating support services for an organization. Their responsibilities can vary, but usually include supervising facilities and records, managing personnel, planning budgets and overseeing maintenance. In small organizations, those in this position may be referred to as business office managers and they tend to deal with all aspects of the role. Larger organizations might need more than one manager to handle the work.

Most administrative services manager careers begin with a bachelor's degree, although the education required often depends on the job responsibilities. For example, a small business might hire someone with a few college courses under their belt, but a large organization might seek out those with a wealth of experience and credentials.

Market Research Analysts
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$70,620
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
76,700
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
22.8
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Bachelor's degree

By staying up-to-date on the state of the consumer market, market research analysts can help companies understand what consumers may want from a potential product or service. Their work includes monitoring sales trends; measuring the effectiveness of marketing campaigns; collecting data from consumers through polls, surveys and the like; analyzing the results and providing sound advice to clients and managers. The result of all this research is learning what consumers want and expect, who might buy a particular service or produce, and at what price.

Market research analyst careers typically demand a bachelor's degree and exceptional math and analytical skills. Those who want to pursue top-notch positions may need a master's degree to compete effectively.

Sales Representatives
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$63,070
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
130,900
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
9.6
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
High school diploma or equivalent

Those who work in sales are in the business of persuasion — of selling a product or service to clients such as businesses, government agencies or consumers. Sales representatives are usually expected to know a product or service extremely well, then use that knowledge to tout the benefits to potential buyers. They explain the features, answer any questions and negotiate prices. They may also work to identify customers who might benefit from the product or service, contact them with information, prepare contracts and submit orders for processing.

Educational requirements vary depending upon what is being sold. If the product or service is in a technical niche, a bachelor's degree is usually required. Otherwise, a high school diploma can be enough to get started, although having an associate or bachelor's degree may improve job prospects. Most companies provide formal in-house training.

Executive Secretaries
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$57,910
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
54,600
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
-17.4
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
High school diploma or equivalent

Sometimes known as executive administrative assistants, executive secretaries work with top leaders in an organization. They often have complex responsibilities, such as reviewing documents, conducting research, preparing reports and supervising other high-level staff.

An executive secretary aims to ensure the smooth running of their office. They usually answer calls, take messages, set appointments, arrange meetings, handle correspondence, maintain databases and filing systems, and sometimes serve as the "gatekeeper" who arranges the schedules of top executives.

There is no set educational requirement for executive secretaries, although most have already worked as a secretary or administrative assistant for several years. However, employers are increasingly impressed with those who have taken some college courses or earned their bachelor's degree.

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