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Two of the main goals for under­grad­u­ate degree seek­ers are to devel­op ana­lyt­i­cal think­ing skills and dis­cov­er a field of inter­est to major in. Many fresh­men and sopho­mores are not required to declare their major, as they are allowed time to explore their inter­ests through Gen­er­al Edu­ca­tion cours­es. Gen­er­al Edu­ca­tion Cours­es are usu­al­ly com­prised of an intro­duc­tion-lev­el cur­ricu­lum that serves as pre­req­ui­sites for upper-lev­el cours­es in the area of your major. A pop­u­lar strat­e­gy for select­ing a col­lege is to find ones that have a par­tic­u­lar­ly strong pro­gram in the field that you want to major in, but that strat­e­gy can­not be used if you don’t know what you want to study. In that case, it would be pru­dent to take online gen­er­al edu­ca­tion cours­es which will allow you the sched­ule flex­i­bil­i­ty to com­plete cred­its while main­tain­ing a day job.

Many stu­dents fail to grad­u­ate in four years because they choose to switch majors at some point in their aca­d­e­m­ic careers, which costs them valu­able time and mon­ey. For ref­er­ence to some of the most afford­able schools where you can take cheap online gen­er­al edu­ca­tion cours­es, check out our list of the 30 Cheap­est Online Bachelor’s Degrees. Let’s take a clos­er look at some of the gen­er­al edu­ca­tion cours­es from some of the cheap­est online bachelor’s degree programs.

Clayton State University

Clay­ton State Uni­ver­si­ty is a pub­lic uni­ver­si­ty locat­ed in Mor­row, Geor­gia, which offers gen­er­al edu­ca­tion cours­es at the high­ly com­pet­i­tive rate of $165 per hour, rank­ing them first on the list of Cheap­est Online Bachelor’s Degrees. Their online cours­es are divid­ed into semes­ters of six weeks, with 24-Hour online access, which allows stu­dents a high lev­el of sched­ule flex­i­bil­i­ty. They offer intro­duc­to­ry cours­es in many dif­fer­ent fields of gen­er­al edu­ca­tion, includ­ing Col­lege Readi­ness, Com­put­er Appli­ca­tions, and Writ­ing and Pub­lish­ing. Their gen­er­al edu­ca­tion cours­es allow stu­dents to com­plete core require­ments at a frac­tion of the cost of most institutions.

Arkansas State University

Arkansas State Uni­ver­si­ty is a pub­lic research uni­ver­si­ty based in Jones­boro, Arkansas, with a vari­ety of online course options and a com­pet­i­tive tuition rate of $236 per cred­it hour. Among their online bach­e­lor pro­grams is their Bach­e­lor of Gen­er­al Stud­ies which offers a wide range of under­grad­u­ate cours­es for stu­dents to choose from. The first two years of the degree pro­gram offers stu­dents intro­duc­to­ry cours­es in dif­fer­ent areas of gen­er­al edu­ca­tion such as Intro­duc­tion to Com­put­ers, Col­lege Alge­bra, and Intro­duc­tion to World Lit­er­a­ture. If stu­dents com­plete their intro­duc­to­ry cours­es and want to fin­ish their degree at Arkansas State Uni­ver­si­ty online, there are a vari­ety of areas to major in.

Waldorf University

Wal­dorf Uni­ver­si­ty is a pri­vate uni­ver­si­ty with Luther­an affil­i­a­tion locat­ed in For­est City, Iowa. Waldorf’s cur­ricu­lum focus­es on lib­er­al arts stud­ies, pro­vid­ing stu­dents with a holis­tic under­stand­ing of aca­d­e­m­ic sub­jects. Their online degree pro­grams allow stu­dents to choose from a range of under­grad­u­ate degree options that all have core cours­es in gen­er­al edu­ca­tion. For stu­dents who want to earn an asso­ciates degree with a selec­tion of online gen­er­al edu­ca­tion cours­es, they offer an Associate’s degree in Lib­er­al Arts that could be trans­ferred to most four-year schools for a spe­cial­ized Bachelor’s degree. Wal­dorf offers their online cur­ricu­lum at a com­pet­i­tive rate of $290 per cred­it hour, mak­ing them a bar­gain for gen­er­al edu­ca­tion courses.


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