General Studies, B.S.

Advance Your Career By Earning Your Bachelor's Degree

Our online Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies, with concentrations in Social Science or Business, has been designed specifically to meet the needs of adults pursuing a high-quality bachelor’s degree program while seeking maximum flexibility and breadth in their studies.


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Program Prerequisites

A strong candidate for the School of Professional Studies (SPS) program would have the following:

  • Either English 101 Composition with a grade “C” or above or successful completion of the English Placement Test (EPT) administered by SPS
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Previous college or work experience is preferred

Transfer Information

The School of Professional Studies offers accelerated degrees with multiple options for transfer of credits; credit for prior learning through work experience, military service and competency exams.

The maximum of 66 credits may be transferred in from an accredited two-year school and 90 credits from an accredited four-year school.

Required Materials

  • A completed application for Admission
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions. If you have not attended a post-secondary institution, submit an official high school transcript or proof of completion of high school, or GED
  • Official transcripts for CLEP, DSST, AP, foreign credential evaluation, and military documents, if applicable
    • To be considered official, transcripts must have the original seal of authentication and the signature of the Registrar. Personal copies are not considered official. When requesting transcripts, please have the school include both your maiden name and your married name, if applicable.
  • If you are transferring 12 credits or less, you must provide a letter of recommendation, a personal statement, and a copy of your high school diploma or official transcript.
  • If you are transferring 24 credits or less, you must provide a copy of your high school diploma or official transcript.
  • Apply for financial aid at using the University of Bridgeport’s school code: 001416


Visit How to Apply to learn more about the process and how to contact your admissions counselor.

Our online Bachelor of Science in General Studies program allows you to concentrate on social sciences or business, while maximizing the number of transfer credits that count toward your degree from other institutions. Either concentration allows you to have 48 general electives in addition to the University’s core curriculum and 30 credits of concentration requirements.

Social Sciences

The distance learning Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies with a concentration in Social Sciences gives you the flexibility you need to complete your degree. As part of the program, you will complete 30 credits in the concentration including courses in economics, history, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology.

Detailed Degree Plan


As a student earning a distance learning Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies with a concentration in business, you will learn about all facets of business including management, marketing, accounting, information systems, economics, and finance.

Detailed Degree Plan

The distance learning Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies is comprised of 120 credits including university core, concentration courses, electives and a capstone.

University Core Curriculum (42 credits)

General education course requirements can be found in the UB Catalog.

Courses include Writing, First Year Studies, Math, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Social Science, Fine Arts, Speech, Language Arts and a Capstone

Concentration Program Requirements (30 credits)

Social Sciences:

Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology.


Accounting, Economics, Finance, Law, Management, and Marketing.

General Electives (48 credits)

Select courses that expand your field of study and provide depth in a particular discipline. The General Electives allow for transferring a multi-disciplinary number of credits from other schools, while providing the opportunity to customize your learning experience.

Upon graduation from the Bachelor of Science in General Studies online degree program, you will:

  • Use communication skills effectively in research, writing, and editing so that one may advance professionally and study further in graduate programs
  • Comprehend, analyze, and interpret texts and media in a variety of disciplines
  • Generate and evaluate ideas and plans
  • Recognize and analyze problems and design action plans toward resolution
  • Demonstrate creative and analytical mastery of several disciplines within an academic area of concentration
  • Demonstrate an ethical mindset and exercise professional responsibility in a global context

The distance learning Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies allows you to customize a degree plan to meet your personal and professional goals. As such, there are a number of careers and industries that may be of interest to you after graduation. After the completion of the program, you may want to consider careers in some of the following industries:

  • Business
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • Human Services
  • Management
  • Social Services

How can UB help me reach my career goals?

Preparation for Future Studies

As a graduate of the online Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies program, you may elect to pursue further studies in management or other fields. The University of Bridgeport offers these related degrees, which may be of interest to you:

Career Assistance

UB's Center for Career Development helps graduates prepare for entrance into the workforce. Our comprehensive career counseling and resource center is dedicated to helping you become an active participant in your own academic, professional, and career development.

Services provided include basics like resume and cover letter building, interview preparation, negotiation, goal assessment, and personal branding.

What's UBJobnet?

UBjobnet is UB’s internal job portal–open only to UB students and alumni! Here, you can access a variety of opportunities posted by local and national employers. Search for jobs/internships, submit your resume online, register for career related events, or all of the above.

To access UBjobnet:

  • Login to the myUB Portal
  • Click on the “Quick Links” box on the right side to navigate to UBjobnet
  • Find the resources that suit your needs:
    • Job Search: Find full-time, part-time, internship, student employment and volunteer opportunities
    • Email me new jobs: Set up job alerts by clicking “Email me new jobs” located above your search results. Use specific keywords to help tailor your emails to match your interests
    • Career Events: Register for and learn about more upcoming events
    • Employer Directory: Find and research companies related to your desired field
  • Upload your updated resume and cover letters to UBjobnet to be able to easily apply to posted positions through the system
  • Update your major, GPA, and graduation year in your profile to receive information on jobs and events related to your field

Curriculum Requirements

A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation and consist of: 42 university core credits, 30 credits of program requirements and 48 credits of electives.

Transfer Credits

  • The maximum of 66 credits may be transferred in from an accredited two-year school and 90 credits from an accredited four-year school
  • You are cautioned not to register for courses that have been transferred to the University of Bridgeport, as you will forfeit the grade and credits earned

You may also fill graduation requirements through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or receive credit for prior learning though Portfolio evaluation.


  • A grade of "C "or higher must be earned on each course in the Program Requirements and Concentration Requirements sections to satisfy graduation qualifications
  • Accepted transfer credits have no effect on your Quality Point Ratio (QPR) while you are in attendance at UB. These credits apply only toward meeting the graduation requirements.
  • You are required to maintain a 2.00 QPR while in attendance at the University of Bridgeport to meet the graduation requirements.
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