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More Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs Now Available

04/27/2015

JONESBORO – Three fully online undergraduate degree programs, two new and one re-launched, join the Arkansas State University Online catalog, director of Global Initiatives Dr. Thilla Sivakumaran announced this week.

A bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a new bachelor of general studies launch on May 18, along with a re-launch of the registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in nursing (RN to BSN).

“We continue to add new programs to our already robust online program at Arkansas State,” Sivakumaran said.  “Our goal is to provide a portal that is more responsive to our busy online students, both in our home state and also across the country.”

While RN to BSN is a convenient way for working professional nurses to upgrade their education, the interdisciplinary studies and general studies degrees are for anyone seeking to start or complete a four-year degree.

“These programs are designed to meet the needs of individuals who want to advance their careers, but lack the necessary credentials,” A-State Provost Lynita Cooksey said.  “The design of our programs allows us to offer high quality programs that assist the place-bound student or the full-time worker to move ahead with their educational goals.  For some students, the traditional form of on-campus classroom or the daytime class schedule just doesn’t fit into their lives.”

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) creates a program of study to gain knowledge from five concentration areas – health, physical education, technology, criminology and communication.  The Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies takes advantage of existing course work, and focuses on innovation and integration as students design their own majors.

“Each program has different strengths, and we are encouraging students interested in completing a bachelor’s degree online to contact us at AState.edu/Online to learn more about which program best suits their needs,” Sivakumaran said.

The three undergraduate programs join 21 fully online degree programs already in the Arkansas State catalog.  The university recently re-launched the home page for its online programs with new tools to allow potential students to decide on areas of study.

“These new degrees and our new webpage are the next stage of A-State Online,” Cooksey said.  “We anticipate additional degree programs joining our offerings later this year.”

One of the oldest and largest online degree programs in the state of Arkansas, A-State Online degrees earned national rankings over the past several years, including best value in the U.S. for Master of Public Administration and four consecutive years of top 15 ranking from US News and World Report for online MBA programs.

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