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New Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs – January 2021

Several accredited, non-profit colleges and universities have recently announced the launch of new online bachelor’s degree programs. Among these schools are the University of Kansas (KU), Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), Grambling State University, Boston College, and Indiana University. The new undergraduate programs consist of bachelor’s degree and bachelor’s degree completion programs in health sciences, health services administration, liberal arts, sustainability studies, and several other majors/fields.

The University of Kansas (KU) – New Online Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree Program

KU’s School of Professional Studies and the university’s Edwards Campus in Overland Park, KS is now offering a new online Bachelor of Health Sciences program. The program is a fully online bachelor’s completion program, which means that students can take courses required for the Health Sciences major – 59 of the 120 credits required to earn the degree – via online coursework. The other 61 credits are allocated for general education requirements (24 credits), foundational science (19 credits), and upper-division general electives (18 credits). Students can transfer into the KU program with up to 60 prior general education, foundational science, and upper-division credits and/or complete those credits through KU’s online and campus-based undergraduate course offerings. However, all of the Health Sciences major requirements, including courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, public health, and health administration, can be completed online without having to attend any campus visits.

Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) – Online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Services Administration Degree Program

Classes for a new online BS in Health Services Administration degree program at EKU are beginning in January of 2021. The Health Services Administration major consists of four semesters of online coursework that comprise 57 of the 120 credits required to earn a bachelor’s degree at EKU. In order to qualify for the Health Services Administration (HSA) undergraduate program, students must first complete 75% of the university’s general education requirements, or roughly 32 of the 42 general education credits required by EKU, some or all of which may overlap with the 30 credits (ten courses) that EKU’s Department of Health Sciences requires as a pre-HSA curriculum. Students who establish eligibility for and are accepted into the HSA major may then choose from one of two health administration specializations: Health Care Management; and Health Informatics and Information Management. All of the HSA major and pre-major requirements can be completed online. EKU also offers many of its general education courses in an online format.

Grambling State University – New Online Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program

Louisiana’s Grambling State University, which is one of the country’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), recently launch a new online bachelor’s degree completion program initiative under the banner of Grambling Global Academy. The program provides students with a convenient and affordable means of completing their undergraduate general education requirements through 19 bachelor’s degree courses in algebra, anthropology biology, economics, English composition, environmental science, history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and Spanish. While Grambling State University does not currently have any fully online majors at the bachelor’s degree level, students who complete the Grambling Global Academy curriculum can enroll in any of the university’s nearly 30 undergraduate majors, many of which have courses that are offered in an online format.

Boston College (BC) – New Online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Applied Liberal Arts

The Woods College of Advancing Studies at BC has introduced a new online BA in Applied Liberal Arts degree program that combines traditional liberal arts coursework that cultivates critical thinking, ethical reasoning, cultural literacy, problem-solving, and communication skills with career-oriented training in areas like project management, data analysis, design thinking, and conflict resolution. The Applied Liberal Arts (ALA) curriculum consists of a general core curriculum of courses that spans the arts, humanities, and social and physical sciences, a cluster of five applied skills courses and a capstone project, and concentration coursework in one of six majors: English; History; Interdisciplinary Studies; Philosophy; Political Science; and Sociology. Students can enroll full-time or part-time in the ALA program and can take all of their courses online or opt for a hybrid model in which they complete some courses online and some courses at BC’s campus.

Indiana University (IU) – New Online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sustainability Studies

The Indiana University Board of Trustees recently approved the launch of a new online BA in Sustainability Studies program that is being offered through Indiana University Online in conjunction with several IU schools, including Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indiana University East (IU East), Indiana University Kokomo (IU Kokomo), Indiana University South Bend (IU South Bend), and Indiana University Southeast (IU Southeast). The Sustainability Studies major consists of 42 of the 120 credits required to earn an IU bachelor’s degree. Among the 14 courses in the Sustainability Studies major are science, business, and communication courses, as well as an undergraduate capstone project. The BA in Sustainability Studies is designed to function as a bachelor’s completion program, which means that eligible students can transfer into the program with between 30 and 60 prior college credits and complete the entire Sustainability Studies major through online coursework.


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