General Studies

  • Major

Are you ready to launch your college education but unsure exactly what career path you want to take?  

The University of Jamestown general studies program is an educational curriculum that offers a broad and diverse range of courses across various academic disciplines—all available 100% online. This program is designed to provide students with a well-rounded education and the opportunity to explore different fields of study before specializing in a particular major or discipline. 

As a student in the general studies program, you can tailor your education to your own needs and desires. Plus, with no set class times, you can navigate around existing work and family commitments, making the program convenient and easier to complete. 

If you’re interested in this program, carefully review the curriculum, schedule a meeting with your advisor to discuss your academic goals, and consider how this type of program aligns with your long-term educational and career aspirations. 

REQUIRED Coursework

A minimum of 124 semester credits must be earned. At least 36 credits must be upper-division (300-400) level. A maximum of 64 semester credits will be accepted from a junior college.

Communication Skills Credits
Composition & Communication 6
English Composition 3
Cultural & Social Heritage Credits
Art, Music, or Theatre 3
Leadership 3
Psychology, Sociology, Political Science 3
Religion 3
Moral & Civic Education Credits
American Government/History 3
Ethics 3
Global Perspectives 3
Natural Science &
Quantitative Reasoning
Natural Science (with lab) 3
Computer Science 3
Mathematics 3
Total Semester Credits 40

Benefits of a general studies education

Here are a few of the reasons why choosing to pursue a degree in general studies may be for you. 

The UJA general studies program includes courses from a wide array of academic disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, and the arts.

This program allows students to explore different subject areas and discover their academic interests. The UJA general studies program is an excellent option for students or those who want a diverse educational experience. 

While the curriculum is diverse, there are core courses that provide a foundational education. These include courses in writing, mathematics, and critical thinking.

The UJA general studies program is known for flexibility. Students can choose from a menu of elective courses within specified categories, allowing them to tailor their education.

Our general studies program is designed to facilitate the transfer of credits from other programs or institutions. This is particularly helpful for students who are attempting to complete their degree from previous credits earned.

Beyond academic knowledge, the UJA general studies program emphasizes the development of essential skills such as critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, and information literacy.

This program incorporates courses that promote cultural awareness, diversity, and an understanding of global issues.

In a rapidly changing job market, the UJA general studies degree can equip students with adaptable skills and a broad knowledge base that may be valuable in various career paths.

Why UJ Accelerated?

  • UJA is the online division of University of Jamestown—a private, liberal arts University that’s helped students succeed since 1883.
  • You’ll have virtual opportunities to meet as a group for lectures and office hours.
  • Courses are available online 24/7, which means you can attend live or watch the replay.

Unmatched Support

Each student gets a faculty advisor to help them stay on track. Plus, you’ll get virtual access to the same support services offered on campus. 

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Enhanced Learning Through Experiences

Valuable experiences will allow you to apply what you are learning.

Personal Growth

Exposure to a variety of subjects contributes to personal growth and a well-rounded worldview, helping students become more informed and engaged citizens.

Meet Your Faculty

Our general studies faculty are committed to helping you succeed, both in and out of the classroom.

Michael Brizek

  • Director of Online Business Programs
  • Professor of Business Administration

At UJ, we’re all about making your education affordable.

We believe every student, regardless of their financial situation, should have access to a UJ education.