General Studies (AS) Program Overview

Chart your path to a new career with an Associate of Science in General Studies (ASGS) degree from Bluefield University. In the ASGS program, you will build a strong foundation for future study. You’ll begin your educational journey with foundational courses in general studies which will help you become an informed citizen and build skills needed for whatever dream career you pursue. At Bluefield, a Christian perspective will be integrated into all your courses.

Along with learning how to communicate with diverse audiences, you will master critical thinking skills and problem-solving. The skills mastered in the associate degree program are universal and can be used in a wide range of careers. Whether you are studying English, history, mathematics, or the chemistry of chocolate, your faculty will help you to examine the information and determine how it can be applied in real-world situations.

Earning an associate degree in general studies from Bluefield University will prepare you for a variety of careers and additional study options. The foundational courses you take prepare you for enrolling in a bachelor’s degree program at Bluefield University.


The Academic Catalog is the student’s guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield University.

On-Campus: January 10, 2022
Online: January 12, 2022

On-Campus Tuition & Fees
Online Per Credit: $365

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Courses & Requirements:

General Studies Degree Requirements

Associate of Science Degree (AS)
General Studies (62 Credits)

  • Bluefield Core* (9 Credits)
  • Composition (6 Credits)
  • Christian Studies (3* – 6** Credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
  • History (6 Credits)
  • Literature (3 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Math (3*- 6** Credits)
  • Personal Wellness** (3 Credits)
  • Science (4 Credits)
  • Social Science (3 Credits)
  • Speech (3 Credits)
  • Additional Math/Science (3-4 Credits)
  • Electives (15 – 16 Credits)

 

* On-Campus   ** Online

Total Credits: 62

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Retail Manager
Brand Manager
General Manager
Administrative Assistant
Nonprofit Program Manager

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231