General Studies Degree Program Overviews in Atlanta, GA

Feb 21, 2019

Atlanta, GA, Schools with General Studies Programs

The Atlanta, GA, area holds numerous options for students wanting to earn degrees in general studies or a related field, such as humanities or liberal arts. This article looks at three schools, none farther than 25 minutes from the city center, and the programs they offer. Prospective students can find information on each school in a table that allows them to be compared easily. The table contains facts about enrollment, tuition, the graduation rate and the acceptance rate. At the end of this article is information about many other Atlanta-area schools that offer relevant programs.

  • Clayton State University, about 16 miles south of downtown Atlanta, offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in liberal studies.
  • Just six miles from the heart of Atlanta, Emory University offers bachelor's degree programs in educational studies as well as interdisciplinary studies in society and culture. It also has a minor option in educational studies.
  • Georgia State University - Perimeter College has an associate's program in general studies. This school is about 10 miles from the city center.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals who are deciding on a school need lots of information. This table displays important facts about each of these schools.

Clayton State University Emory University Georgia State University - Perimeter College
School Type Public, 4-year university Private, non-profit, 4-year university Public, 2-year college
Total Enrollment (Fall 2017) 7,003* 14,263* 18,732*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Large city
Annual Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $5,419 in-state, $15,880 out-of-state* $49,392* $3,304 in-state, $9,501 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017) 94%* 58%* 74%*
Acceptance Rate (Fall 2017) 42%* 22%* 59%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 68% full-time, 63% part-time* 93% full-time* 67% full-time, 56% part-time*
Graduation Rate 30% (21% transfer-out rate - students who began in fall 2011)* 91% (students who began in fall 2011)* 13% (17% transfer-out rate - students who began in fall 2014)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Clayton State University

Clayton State University is made up of five colleges and schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences, the College of Health, the College of Business and the School of Graduate Studies. The College of Arts and Sciences is further divided into multiple departments, including the interdisciplinary studies department, where the liberal studies bachelor's program is located. The liberal studies master's program is found in the School of Graduate Studies.

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

This flexible program allows students to customize a portion of their curricula by combining courses from a broad range of academic subjects. However, some lower-level classes are required by all students in this program; these classes may include composition, speech, American history, biology and literature. The upper-level courses may be planned out with the help of an advisor. After the completion of 45 credits, students who obtain acceptable GPAs may qualify for liberal studies internships. Liberal studies majors must also complete a minor from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

To gain admission into this program, applicants need bachelor's degrees. Concentrations in English, philosophy, math, public administration and history are available. Applicants must also submit GRE scores, letters of recommendation and personal essays. The program requires 36 credits to complete, 18 of which relate to the chosen concentration. In addition to the above concentrations, students can also choose a liberal studies concentration. Additionally, students can choose between a thesis and non-thesis option. Students who choose the non-thesis option must complete two more classes in their chosen concentration and present a paper at a conference or have an article published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Emory University

Emory University is made up of four undergraduate schools and seven graduate and professional schools. The College of Arts and Sciences is an undergraduate liberal arts college that conducts research with other schools and colleges across the university. Emory's College of Arts and Sciences houses the Division of Educational Studies and the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts where the interdisciplinary studies program is found.

Minor in Educational Studies

To earn a minor in this field, students must complete five courses. Students must complete either a course in U.S. education. Students also choose one elective. The other three classes are chosen from five categories related to psychology, social science, culture, history/philosophy and research; students must choose one class from three of the categories.

Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies

This program is suitable for individuals who want to pursue graduate degree programs in teaching, business, law or other broad fields. Students must complete at least one class from categories related to psychology, social science, culture and history/philosophy. Students also complete at least one class geared toward research methodologies. Four electives are also chosen, which must be approved by an advisor.

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture

Students in this program can arrange their curricula according to their individual interests. This program is ideal for students whose interests aren't accommodated by any of the majors at Emory. Students in this program work with faculty members to design their programs of study.

Georgia State University - Perimeter College

Georgia State University - Perimeter College has multiple centers and campuses in the Atlanta vicinity, including campuses in Clarkston and Dunwoody. It's the largest school in the University System of Georgia and awards more associate's degrees than any other college in the system.

Associate of Science in General Studies

This associate's program helps prepare individuals for bachelor's programs in a wide variety of fields. The core classes cover areas such as communications, math, humanities and sciences. All students in this program must complete certain classes, such as speech, composition and government. However, they have the liberty to choose the majority of their classes from each of the core areas of study.

Other Schools

Several other schools in Atlanta also offer general studies programs. Shorter University has an online associate's degree in general studies. Oglethorpe University has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program for adult students. Less than a mile from Atlanta in East Point, GA, Point University has a bachelor's program in humanities.

In Marietta, GA, about 15 miles from Atlanta, Life University has a Bachelor of Science in General Studies program. In Fairburn, GA, about 17 miles outside of Atlanta, Georgia Military College has Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degree programs in general studies.

Individuals can find a bachelor's degree program in humanities and interdisciplinary studies at Reinhardt University in Waleska, GA, which is about 42 miles from Atlanta. About 44 miles from Atlanta, University of North Georgia - Gainesville in Oakwood, GA, has Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science programs in general studies. Almost 50 miles from Atlanta in Gainesville, GA, students at Brenau University, can enroll in a liberal arts associate's degree program.

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