Bachelor of General Studies (3-Year)

Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits:

  • Arts and Science: 9 credits
  • Applied Studies: 21 credits

(See the PLAR website for more information,

Program Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing this program, students should be able to

  • show familiarity with disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge sufficient to wield it with confidence and discrimination.
  • show insight into relationships among applicable theories and concepts as well as their connection to disciplinary practices and/or other disciplines.
  • use the tools, mechanisms and processes of critical thinking consciously and systematically.
  • produce organized and sound written work related to the discipline.
  • demonstrate understanding of and use logical argument in a conscious, systematic and productive way.
  • accurately integrate data, research and insights from other disciplines.
  • develop a practical and theoretical grasp of a body of knowledge related to topics of interest.
  • relate practice and/or lessons from the program to goals of the degree.
  • conduct independent research with some complexity and depth.

Possible Career Options

Graduates of general studies are employed in practically all fields, including business, education, public administration, public relations, sales, and social service. A significant number of graduates continue in graduate programs in such diverse fields as business, education, law, ministry, and social work.

  • Researcher
  • work in advertising, marketing, the media and entertainment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher

Possible Further Education Options

At Athabasca University

At Other Educational Institutions*

  • bachelor or master degree in education
  • law
  • library science
  • social work
  • journalism
  • teaching English as a second language (TESL)

* Entrance requirements vary among educational institutions. It is the students’ responsibility to research the entrance requirements of other educational institutions.


Updated June 26 2017 by Web Strategy, Advancement