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General Studies

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Why study General Studies at APSU?

This program is designed as customized bacherlor degree program.  In consultation with an academic advisor, students identify a broad focus of interest subsequently develops a customized program of study that concludes with a capstone experience involving research and or an internship.  The areas of focus from which a student can structure a program of study include:  Arts, Organization Management, Education, Training & Development (non-licensure),  Health, Humanities, STEM, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Multi-Disciplinary Focus.  

What will I learn?

Students  can expect to engage in curricular and co-curricular activites that promote critical thinking, communication skills, creativity, and leadership.

See Academic Advisor to Develop a Customized 4-Year Plan

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Organizations and honor societies in which students can engage are …………..coming soon

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.



What Do General Studies majors Do After Graduation?

Graduates are able to add a new credential to their professional resumes which enhance upward mobility in organizations.  Graduates who are currently employed are prepared to advance to a position of greater responsibilty with their current employer and lead colleagues to meet established goals in the public, private, and non-proit sectors.