College of General Studies
College of General Studies
With our online liberal arts bachelor’s degrees, you can sharpen your soft skills and prepare to be an asset in almost any industry. Explore a broad curriculum in the humanities and sciences. Immerse yourself in literature, writing and rhetoric. Or investigate how to build a more sustainable future. All these exciting courses are available 100% online, giving you the flexibility to get a well-rounded education anytime, anywhere.
The best part? Your instructors know what works in the real world. What they teach you today can be directly applied to your career tomorrow – bridging the gap between academics and industry knowledge.
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BLS CATEGORY: Media and Communication Occupations
JOB GROWTH: 6%
Bureau of Labor Statistics job growth for media and communication occupations is projected to be as fast as average between 2021 and 2031.
BLS CATEGORY: Environmental Scientists and Specialists
JOB GROWTH: 5%
Bureau of Labor Statistics job growth for environmental scientists and specialists is projected to be as fast as average between 2021 and 2031.
You’ll take 16 core courses with program-specific knowledge and 5 focus courses of your choosing to supplement your studies. Your coursework can help you gain a solid foundation in writing, rhetoric and literature. The program’s core courses include topics like literary interpretation and analysis, classical literature, rhetoric and critical thinking, research and writing for professions and how to create a professional writing portfolio.
You’ll take 18 core courses with program-specific knowledge and 5 focus courses of your choosing to supplement your studies. Your coursework can help you develop a comprehensive understanding of scientific principles and the environment. The program’s core courses include topics like biology, chemistry, environmental science, sustainability, toxicology, risk assessment, hydrology, public policy and environmental law.
UNDERGRAD: $398 Tuition cost per credit
Cost per credit applies to all our bachelor's degrees.
From scholarships to transfer credits and federal financial aid for those who qualify, there are a variety of ways to pay for school and save on tuition.
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—Sierra M. | BS in Environmental Science, 2020
Over 1 million alumni have earned their degrees while balancing work, school and life. So can you.
Once you’ve selected your degree program, choose your start date from our calendar, apply for free and register before the deadline (usually one week before the program starts). Then you’ll speak to an enrollment representative to begin class.
Learn from accomplished, real-world faculty members who lead in the fields they teach. Our instructors go through a careful vetting process before joining our faculty ranks. They include industry leaders who encourage, challenge, and inspire our students. And with a student-faculty ratio of 32:1, you’ll get the attention you need.
1 This is a university-wide ratio. the College of General Studies student-faculty ratio may vary.
University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), hlcommission.org, since 1978.
If you’re interested in learning how to think critically, creatively and analytically, a degree in liberal arts can establish a great foundation of knowledge for many career paths. Our liberal arts bachelor’s degree programs promote collaboration, communication and critical thinking – all of which are essential skills in today’s workplaces. Other benefits of a liberal arts education include gaining interdisciplinary knowledge, preparing for professions in diverse industries and developing a strong sense of social responsibility.
Yes. University of Phoenix is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Plus, all our courses are available 100% online. Where most colleges expect you to take several courses at once, here you take one course at a time over five weeks in an innovative, virtual, asynchronous learning environment. What’s more? Throughout the course of your learning experience, our academic counselors and finance advisors are always there to support and guide your decisions from your first day to your last.
Yes, our liberal arts bachelor’s degree programs accept eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Speak with an enrollment representative to start the process of evaluation by the University to see if your prior college credits can apply to your program and to request your transcripts.
The published program length to complete a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts is four years. Your time to completion could differ based on various factors, including any breaks from your coursework. There’s not a set timeframe to complete your degree, so you can work at your own flexible pace to graduate by satisfying the 120-credit requirement. You may be able to save time and money on your degree if you have eligible transfer credits from an institutionally accredited university or college.