Are you haunted by that degree you left unfinished when you ran out of money or started your family? Are you happy in your current profession, but realize that a college degree or certification would help you advance? Perhaps you're retired and would like to go to college just for the joy and gratification of learning something new. If so, a bachelor's degree in general studies is tailor-made for you..
If you're planning to return to college after a long absence, or have never had the opportunity to attend university before, research the admission requirements for schools you're considering. Some are more accommodating of "non-traditional" students than others. If your college credits are fairly recent, you may have no trouble re-entering academia as a transfer student. You will need to have a high school diploma or GED. If you do not have your GED, you should be able to obtain it easily; check your library or school administration office for details. Gather all of your transcripts for your submission package.
If you had to end your college career prematurely due to poor grades or behavior, be prepared to write a letter explaining how your situation has changed. It's possible the university you choose will not admit you right away. If this happens, don't be discouraged. You can begin taking courses at a community or junior college, then re-apply to your first choice as a transfer student. Because many adult education classes can be conducted online, make sure you have a computer and internet connection that can handle current programs and software.
If you live in an area with several colleges nearby, you should be able to find one with a degree program that meets your needs and schedule. If not, never fear: many universities have continuing education departments that enable you to pursue your education online, which is convenient if you have a day job. Other considerations are: financial aid, career placement services, and child care facilities.
A general studies degree is highly flexible. You'll choose from a tremendous variety of courses and add certificates in popular career fields. You can also add a minor; if a particular discipline interests you (some colleges will require this). You'll be asked to choose classes from various focus areas. One semester's schedule might include: comparative literature, environmental science, French, and world mythology. You'll also need required classes like English composition. As an adult student, you may worry that your study skills are rusty, and that you won't be able to keep up. Those fears are unfounded. Older students tend to be more focused, motivated, and disciplined, and regularly outperform their younger classmates. You'll also find that your life experiences bring depth to your studies and classroom discussion. And you won't be alone, many adults choose to go back to college, either in the classroom or online. Now it's your turn to broaden your world with a bachelor's degree in general studies.
Business – One of the top reasons employers hire individuals is because they have a good understanding of business. As a general studies major you take business related courses that will help out any business.
Problem Solver – Companies want individuals who can solve complex problems.
Communications – Regardless of the company you end up working for you need the ability to not only write well but be a great communicator.
Teamwork – Learn to work well in a team environment and you’ll open up lots of employment possibilities.
Well-Rounded – As a graduate of a general studies bachelor’s degree you will earn a well-rounded diploma that isn’t specific to any one industry or task. This general education will allow you to find jobs in different types of industries.
These days finding a good school is becoming difficult as so many schools are coming under fire from the US Government regarding their completion and placement rates. With so many changes it is important that you do your own research in order to properly find a good school.
Degree Programs – As you might expect the actual degree you might want vary from school to school. One of the best ways to make sure you are enrolling in the right program is to have the school provide you with their student outcomes. These outcomes are specific for every program and will show you what you will learn upon graduation.
General Studies – Make sure the school offers lots of different degrees. This is important especially if you want to transfer credits from an AA degree into a Bachelor’s degree. Also by offering other degree programs you might deciding to change majors from a general studies degree to another degree and it is easier if you can stay with the same school.
Accreditation – Schools can either fall under regional or national accreditation. Both are good accreditations but I wouldn’t consider a school if they aren’t recognized by the Depart of Education.
Learning Environment – Do you need more help? Do you work full-time during your training? Would you rather go into a campus and be taught by a professor or do you feel you can study online better? These are important questions to answer before you enroll in any school.
Resources – Does the school have a physical library or online? Do they offer additional resources that will help you earn your degree?
Support – Does the school offer both student and faculty support? What about technical support if you are an online student? Make sure they can offer you the support you need.
Scholarships – Because you haven’t declared a degree you will have more scholarships available to you. Many scholarships are specific to a degree or career but too often scholarships go unclaimed each you. Check out site for available scholarships by state.