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A new online bachelor’s degree in general studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette aims to entice former students who did not graduate to finish earning their degrees.

The program is designed for working professionals. To enroll, returning students must have completed at least 45 credit hours and maintained a minimum 2.0 GPA.

The online format enables students to take classes at their own pace while balancing jobs or family obligations, said Dr. Bobbie B. DeCuir, dean of University College, which administers UL Lafayette’s general studies program.

“The purpose of the degree program is to provide an avenue for those adult students who have ‘stopped out’ of higher education. The online venue provides an opportunity that is affordable, flexible and student-centered,” she said.

The Louisiana Board of Regents approved the program during its April meeting. The new online program will begin in the Fall 2017 semester.

Three concentrations will be offered: arts and humanities, behavioral science and applied sciences. A range of online courses will be available from most of the University’s academic departments, helping students customize their class schedules with the help of academic advisers.

Graduates who have an interdisciplinary academic foundation are attractive to many prospective employers, DeCuir said. Also, earning a general studies degree may enable graduates to advance in their current careers.

“While many new jobs require specialized training in technology-related areas, there is a need for graduates who are broadly trained to think analytically and critically while also demonstrating effective communication skills,” she added. 

The University will continue to offer a bachelor’s degree in general studies in a traditional classroom setting.

The application deadline is July 15. Visit onlinedegrees.louisiana.edu for more information.


Photo: Doug Dugas / University of Louisiana at Lafayette