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Bulletin/Catalog Year 2017-2018

Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education

Department of Teaching and Learning

Contact: Jennie Preston-Sabin
Location: Claxton Bldg., Suite 205, Room 225
Phone: 931-221-7532
Website: www.apsu.edu/education

Description of Major

The APSU General Studies Major is designed for those who have completed an associate’s degree and anyone with earned college credits and who has not completed another bachelor’s degree. It is a non-licensure degree option that allows flexibility for students maintaining family, military, and employment obligations and is broad-based to allow for a more individualized approach to degree completion and/or pursuit of two or more minors. The student completes one the following eight areas of emphasis as a part of this major: Arts Focus, Education Focus, Health Focus, Humanities Focus, Multi-disciplinary Focus, Organization Management Focus, Social & Behavioral Sciences Focus, and STEM Focus.

General Education Core


  Credit Hours
See Common Core 41
University-Wide Freshman Seminar Requirement 1

Major Core Requirements


Choose one focus area to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours with at least 18 credit hours of upper-division coursework: Arts, Education, Health, Humanities, Multi-disciplinary, Organization Management, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and STEM.

Total Hours 42


Arts Focus Area


The Arts Focus Area provides exposure to a diverse selection of courses from art, music, theater, and dance. Students may tailor course work to develop creative and critical thinking skills in such fields as graphic design or visual and performing arts. Students may select from ART, MUS, THEA, and/or DANC. At least 18 credit hours of the required 36 must be 3000- and 4000-level courses. Courses used for core requirements cannot count for hours in this focus area.

Lower Division Courses


  • Select any 1000-2000 level courses from ART, MUS, and/or DANC   0-18
Total Hours 0-18

Upper Division Courses


  • Select any 3000-4000 level courses from ART, MUS, THEA, and/or DANC  18-36
Total Hours 18-36

Education Focus Area


The Education Focus Area, while not providing students with teacher certification, draws from education-related disciplines to allow students to take topic-specific courses that will help them obtain their career objectives. Students might work with pre-school aged children, after-school programs, paraprofessionals, and other youth-oriented social agencies. In addition, it may serve as an appropriate stepping-stone for students seeking initial teacher certification at the master’s level. Students may select from EDUC, SPED, RDG, EC, and other related disciplines with advisor approval. At least 18 credit hours of the required 36 must be 3000- and 4000-level courses. Courses used for core requirements cannot count for hours in this focus area.

Lower Division Course


  • Select any 1000-2000 level courses from EDUC, SPED, RDG, EC, and/or related disciplines with adivosr approval  0-18
Total Hours 0-18

Upper Division Courses


  • Select any 3000-4000 level courses from EDUC, SPED, RDG, EC, and/or related disciplines with advisor approval  18-36
Total Hours 18-36

Health Focus Area


The Health Focus Area draws from a number of disciplines to allow students to explore health care issues, public health topics, and factors related to physical and emotion well-being. Students will achieve a generalist’s understanding of the vast array of concerns affecting the health professions. Students could use this degree to work in health departments, educational settings, other organizations that do not require specialized skills or to use as preparation for graduate studies. At least 18 credit hours of the required 36 must be 3000- and 4000-level courses. Courses used for core requirements cannot count for hours in this focus area.

Lower Division Courses


  • Select any 1000-2000 level courses from HHP, PE, and/or related disciplines with advisor approval  0-18
Total Hours 0-18

Upper Division Courses


  • Select any 3000-4000 level courses from HHP, PE, and/or related disciplines with advisor approval  18-36
Total Hours 18-36

Humanities Focus Area


The Humanities Focus Area draws from a number of disciplines to allow students to study the human condition through literature, history, philosophy, and the arts. Students will obtain a generalist’s understanding of the vast array of topics with these disciplines and could use this degree to satisfy personal interests, to prepare for graduate studies, or to work in any career where a solid liberal arts experience is desired. At least 18 credit hours of the required 36 must be 3000- and 4000-level courses. Courses used for core requirements cannot count for hours in this focus area.

Lower Division Courses


  • Select any 1000- or 2000-level courses from CLAS, COMM, ENGL, HIST, PHIL, LING, Languages, WGS, AAST, and/or related disciplines with advisor approval  0-18
Total Hours 0-18

Upper Division Courses


  • Select any 3000- or 4000-level courses from CLAS, COMM, ENGL, HIST, PHIL, LING, Languages, WGS, AAST, and/or related disciplines with advisor approval 18-36
Total Hours 18-36

Multi-disciplinary Focus Area


The Multi-disciplinary Focus Area provides students the opportunity to combine two existing APSU minors. Requirements for the two declared minors must be met and together they must include at least 18 credit hours of upper-division course work.

Lower Division Courses


  • Varies with two completed minors
Total Hours - Varies

Upper Division Courses


  • Variew with two completed minors
Total Hours - Varies

Organization Management Focus Area


The Organization Management Focus Area, while not a degree in business, allows students to obtain knowledge in an array of management disciplines. Students may craft their individual degrees by combining courses in numerous fields that correspond with their personal career goals. At least 18 credit hours of the required 36 must be 3000- and 4000-level courses. Courses used for core requirements cannot count for hours in this focus area.

Lower Division Courses


  • Select any 1000- or 2000-level courses from ACCT, ECON, FIN, MGT, MKT, PM, LDSP, and/or related disciplines with advisor approval  0-18
Total Hours 0-18

Upper Division Courses


  • Select any 3000- or 4000-level courses from ACCT, ECON, FIN, MGT, MKT, PM, LDSP, and/or related disciplines with advisor approval  18-36 
Total Hours 18-36

Social and Behavioral Sciences Focus Area


The Social & Behavioral Sciences Focus Area provides students the opportunity to choose courses from numerous fields that are applicable to all facets of life. It may also serve as an appropriate stepping-stone for admission into graduate school. At least 18 credit hours of the required 36 must be 3000- and 4000-level courses. Courses used for core requirements cannot count for hours in this focus area.

Lower Division Courses


  • Select any 1000- or 2000-level courses from SOC, POLS, CRJ, PSY, SW, and/or related disciplines with advisor approval 0-18
Total Hours 0-18

Upper Division Courses


  • Select any 3000- or 4000-level courses from SOC, POLS, CRJ, PSY, SW, and/or related disciplines with advisor approval  18-36
Total Hours 18-36

STEM Focus Area


The STEM Focus Area is a generalist degree with areas of emphasis in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics. Students may tailor work to acquire basic and applied scientific skills for a variety of settings, including research, graduate studies, and effective preparation for professional programs. At least 18 credit hours of the required 36 must be 3000- and 4000-level courses. Courses used for core requirements cannot count for hours in this focus area.

Lower Division Courses


  • Select ny 1000- or 2000-level courses from AGRI, ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, STAT, MATH, PHYS, ENGT, MTEC, NURS, GEOG, GEOL, and/or related disciplines with advisor approval  0-18
Total Hours 0-18

Upper Division Courses


  • Select any 3000- or 4000-level courses from AGRI, ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, STAT, MATH, PHYS, ENGT, MTEC, NURS, GEOG, GEOL, and/or related disciplines with advisor approval  18-36
Total Hours 18-36

Total Program Hours 120