General Studies

Bachelor of Arts in General Studies


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Increase Your Promotion and Earning Potential

EKU’s online bachelor’s degree in general studies allows you to align your previous coursework and current classes with your interests and career goals. This program balances the critical skills needed to advance in the workforce with a thorough background in the liberal arts. Graduates have broad employment and graduate/professional school opportunities.

Career Outlook

Higher education is a critical component of advancing in the workforce. Earning a degree requires not only hard work, but a significant time commitment and sometimes life gets in the way. If you started your degree and had to stop for any reason, EKU’s online general studies degree could be the first step to reaching your goals. 

Common Industries for General Studies Graduates

The degree is flexible and can be applied to jobs in a variety of fields.

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Job Fields Include:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Technology


Where Have EKU General Studies Graduates Worked?

EKU child and family studies graduates are prepared to teach or administer in private early childhood programs.

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Employers Include:

  • Ryder logistics
  • Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
  • Wild Health
  • Casey County Board of Education
  • TC Energy

EKU Online Career Services

The EKU Office of Academic and Career Services is a one-stop shop for all of your career and professional development needs.

Services include:

  • Creating/Updating Your Resume and Cover Letter
  • Interviewing Tips and Coaching
  • Career Documents Review
  • Job Search

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Benefits of EKU Online

EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation with a real-world focus, providing the opportunity to design a degree plan that’s meaningful to each student’s interests and career path.

  • Fully accredited, brick-and-mortar institution
  • 8-week terms
  • Free textbooks through EKU BookSmart
  • Reduced tuition for active duty service members and their spouses
  • Personalized graduation plan
  • Study anytime, from any where
  • Quality courses from respected faculty who teach the same classes online and on-campus
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

Make the most of your work experience and previous credits by aligning your educational experience with your career goals! Select one of our preferred areas of study based on the direction you want your future career to take, and gain the skills and knowledge needed to exceed expectations and stand out in a competitive job market.

  • Communication
  • Leadership and Management
  • Safety and Security
Find your career

Select from a wide range of minors, allowing you to explore interests or make use of prior credits. Suggested minors available online for this program include:

  • Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Political Science

You can also choose from numerous undergraduate certificates in specialty areas that complement and enhance your major as you work toward your degree. Suggested online certificates for General Studies include:

  • Public Administration
  • Social Intelligence & Leadership
  • Veteran Studies

View the full list of certificates available for completion as you earn your degree


EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through meaningful coursework with a real-world focus.

Degree Requirements

A total of 120 credits are required to graduate, including 42 upper-division credits.

View the general studies program degree requirements:

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to 90 hours of credit from accredited institutions. Please note that a minimum of 30 credit hours in this degree program must be completed at Eastern Kentucky University.

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to EKU for appropriate articulation. Learn more about transferring to EKU.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the University undergraduate catalog.



Lauren Seaman, Enrollment Advisor

Lauren Seaman

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Lauren Seaman for information about the EKU Online General Studies program.

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Application Deadlines


Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A  July 5 August
Fall B  August 31 October
Spring A  November 30 January
Spring B  January 31 March
Summer A  April 5 May
Summer B   May 31 June


Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

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Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $258 per credit hour for undergraduate and $335 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”

– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online Graduate

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