No one needs to tell you how important it is to finish your bachelor’s degree. What you need is a do-able degree that considers your work schedule, your devotion to your family, and your social commitments to church or community.

Ball State’s bachelor of general studies (BGS) degree completion program brings the classroom to you online. You can work on assignments during your lunch hour, at your children’s practices, after they’re asleep, or any times that are best for you. Meanwhile, you complete a degree that will mean everything for your career goals. There are so many reasons why Ball State is a great option.


Contact advisors Laura Waldron or Casey Schultz to develop your personal plan of study.
  • You can customize your degree with two minors and extensive elective opportunities.

  • Ball State is not an “online university,” but a brick and mortar institution with nearly a century of history. You can earn the same degree that traditional students earn on campus.

  • Ball State is ranked and recognized nationally, including "best of"rankings for online bachelor’s degrees from U.S. News & World Report.

  • Professors for your online classes are the same innovative faculty who teach classes on our main Ball State campus.

  • Our BGS is offered in an online format that lets you work toward deadlines at your own pace. You log in to class on the particular times or days of the week that work best for your schedule.

  • Ball State accepts your transcripts from accredited schools, no matter how old they are—and courses you took may count toward your degree.

  • As a Ball State online student, you will have access to many of the same services available to students on campus.

  • Ball State University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Although you earn a general studies degree, you can customize your degree to your career interests by taking two of ten possible minors.

Credits earned recently—or not so recently—from accredited colleges and universities may transfer to the BGS degree, including the minors. Military experience may also be considered for credit. If you are transferring credits from another school or have attended Ball State previously, you may be able to complete other minors.

Many online learners who are working full time do not know about or take advantage of employer tuition reimbursement programs.

What will make your Ball State bachelor's degree stand out from the rest is that it is coming from a competitively priced program from a well-respected, accredited university with many national rankings and recognitions. For instance, we were named one of the best universities in the Midwest for six consecutive years by The Princeton Review and were one of only 15 percent of universities named a Military Friendly School by GI Jobs. 

Course Requirements

Ball State’s bachelor of general studies (BGS) requires you to fulfill at least 120 credits, all of which can be completed online.

General Electives

Ball State offers a wide variety of elective courses online that will help you fulfill your 120 credit requirements for a bachelor of general studies degree.

Your academic advisor can help you choose the ones best to fine-tune your course plan with your career needs and personal interests. Contact either of our academic advisors for this program anytime. They are Michelle Morrison and Laura Waldron.

Minors for the BGS

As part of the online BGS degree, you will be required to have two minors. Below are online minors we offer:  



BACB-approved Course Sequence

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.has approved the course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination (BCaBA).

Applied behavior analysis is a scientific-based approach used to modify the behavior of children with autism spectrum disorder, behavior disorders, or cognitive disabilities. ABA can also be used with adults. It is the only treatment that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use with individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

Applied Behavior Analysis also involves understanding behavior and using this knowledge to change or maintain desired behaviors. For example, ABA can be used to:

  • Increase positive behaviors, such as attending to a speaker or greeting a peer
  • Correct oral motor problems
  • Teach an individual a new skill, including using a spoon, letter sounds, or riding a bus independently 
  • Reduce or eliminate interfering or challenging behaviors in a variety of settings 

This online minor is another option if you become a bachelor of general studies student as you will be required to take two minors. Many who are interested in this minor, also have interesting in our autism spectrum disorders minor. The ABA minor would also pairs well with psychology of human developmentcriminal justice, or sociology.

Prepares You for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Exam (BCaBA)

Our curriculum for this minor is approved to meet Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) course content standards to prepare you to sit for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam. To become a BCaBA, you must obtain a bachelor’s degree, complete ABA coursework with a grade of C or better, fulfill 1,000 supervised field experience hours, apply to take the BCaBA exam, and pass the BCaBA exam.

This minor will also provide you with:

  • The ability to develop, implement, and monitor behavioral programs to treat various kinds of behavior issues (e.g., excessive interfering behavior, skill deficits) within a variety of settings such as schools, treatment centers, and work settings
  • The ability to conduct effective functional behavioral assessments and analyses in a variety of applied settings, and then use that information to develop appropriate behavioral intervention plans
  • A firm foundation in ABA if you ever wish to pursue a master's degree in order to become a board-certified behavior analyst 

Courses You Will Take

Courses in the ABA minor teach you the skills necessary to apply behavior analytic principles in numerous career settings.

  • SPCE 280 Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures, and Philosophy (3 credits)
  • SPCE 307 Ethical and Professional Practice in Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
  • SPCE 310* Application and Consultation in ABA (3 credits)
  • SPCE 315 Advanced Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
  • SPCE 316 Single Subject Research Design and Application (3 credits)

*Requires a background check and some work with a client.

Your advisor notes that you will want to make sure you devote 10-15 hours per week per course to meet course requirements and adequately understand course content.

State Regulatory Authorizations

If you reside in a state other than Indiana, this information may apply to in regards to being admitted to Ball State.


If you have questions about this minor, you may contact either of the bachelor of general studies advisors Laura Waldron or Casey Schultz, or the ABA minor advisor Amy Chamberlain.

BACB-approved Course Sequence

The significant increase in the number of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) means a growing demand for professionals with expertise in this area. In response to this national need, Ball State introduces a new undergraduate minor in ASD. Whether you plan to work in special education, education, nursing, psychology, speech/language pathology, or social work, you can use autism theories, techniques, and treatments in your career setting.

This online course work is another option for bachelor of general studies students, who are required to take two minors.It is especially well-suited to pair with our applied behavior analysis minor, but can also go well with other online minors such as psychology of human development or sociology.

Courses You Will Take

  • EDPS 270 Lifespan Development (3 credits)
  • SPCE 200 Exceptional Children and Adults (3 credits)
  • SPCE 290 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
  • SPCE 292 Treatment and Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
  • SPCE 320 Advanced Interventions for ASD (3 credits)

Some courses may require a background check and some work with a client.

Your advisor notes that you will want to make sure you devote 10-15 hours per week per course to meet course requirements and adequately understand course content.


If you have questions about this minor, you may contact either of the bachelor of general studies advisor Laura Waldron or the ASD minor advisor Amy Chamberlain.

Do you like collaborating with others to analyze information technology (IT) needs so you can design creative information technology solutions? Business information technology students learn to analyze business processes and advise on IT resources needed by organizations and users.

This minor, which focuses on the practical application of computing to business problem-solving, helps you develop strong computer skills to open career doors to the business world and other settings. Course work covers project management, systems application development, information systems, business communication, and microcomputer applications.

Required Courses

  • ISOM 125 Microcomputer Applications for Business (3 credits)
  • ISOM 210 Business Information Systems (3 credits)
  • ISOM 226 Business Systems Application Development (3 credits)
  • ISOM 249 Foundations of Business Communication (3 credits)

Choose one course from:

  • ISOM 300 Project Managment (3 credits)
  • ISOM 340 Multimedia and Web Publishing for Business (3 credits)

Consult with your advisor before enrolling in any course to ensure its applicability toward your degree program. Not open to students with minors in consumer finance, entrepreneurship, foundations of business, foundations of management, legal studies in business, marketing, professional selling, or risk management and insurance.

The criminal justice and criminology minor can be a stepping stone to a career in social services, community outreach, psychology, and more. In fact, there are still positions in criminal justice and criminology that do not require a bachelor’s degree. Many students pair criminal justice and criminology with the sociology minor.

With this minor, you will develop an understanding of the American criminal justice system, philosophies and practices of various correctional programs, and techniques and theories of law enforcement. Professors who teach in the minor are from Ball State’s bachelor’s program in criminal justice and criminology, a program with a national reputation for its demanding curriculum.

Required Courses (6 credits)

  • CJC 101 Introduction to American Criminal Justice System (3 credits)
  • CJC 102 Introduction to Criminology (3 credits)

Elective Courses (9 credits) 

Choose any three courses:

  • CJC 211 Race, Gender, and Crime (3 credits)
  • CJC 229 Decision-Making and Ethics in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CJC 230 Introduction to Policing (3 credits)
  • CJC 240 Introduction to Corrections (3 credits)
  • CJC 250 Introduction to Courts/Judiciary (3 credits)
  • CJC 309 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (3 credits)
  • CJC 332 Victimology (3 credits)
  • CJC 333 Policing in a Free and Diverse Society (3 credits)
  • CJC 340 Institutional Corrections (3 credits)
  • CJC 341 Community Corrections (3 credits)
  • CJC 350 Criminal Evidence and Procedure (3 credits)
  • CJC 397 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CJC 398 Human Services in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CJC 399 Special Populations in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CJC 410 Special Topic in Criminal Justice and Criminology (3 credits)
  • CJC 479 Professional Experience in Criminal Justice and Criminology (3 credits)
  • CJC 490 Independent Study in Criminal Justice (3 credits)

Studying the past exposes you to the diversity of human cultures, helps you comprehend change and continuity over time, enhances your ability to discern patterns of comparison and contrast amid the complexities and similarities of human experience, and sharpens your communication skills.

With the history minor you’ll learn how to communicate effectively and analyze data, two important skills that employers seek in new hires. A minor in history can be helpful if you’re interested in journalism, business, political science, or law.


Our 18-credit minor gives you a blend of studies in world history and U.S. history, and you’ll take 9 credits in each.

At least 6 of your 18 credits must be 301-level or above courses. 

World History (9 credits)

  • HIST 150 The West in the World (3 credits)
  • HIST 151 World Civilization 1 (3 credits)
  • HIST 152 World Civilization 2 (3 credits)
  • HIST 495 Modern China, 1600-Present (3 credits)

U.S. History (9 credits)

  • HIST 201 American History, 1492-1876 (3 credits)
  • HIST 202 American History, 1877-Present (3 credits)
  • HIST 301 U.S. and Vietnam War (3 credits)
  • HIST 310 Intro to History of Business in US (3 credits)
  • HIST 407 The American Civil War and Reconstruction (3 credits)
  • HIST 413 Recent U.S.History: 1945 to Present (3 credits)

The above list consists of history classes that are offered online at Ball State. If you have previous college credit in world or U.S. history, consult with your advisor to see if the credit will apply toward these areas.

Content Backed by the State

The course content for the minor in infant and toddler specialization is aligned with the Indiana Core Knowledge and Competencies for Early Childhood, School Age, and Youth Professionals.

Acquire the skills and knowledge you need to work with and serve our youngest children with our newly-formed minor in infant and toddler specialization. With engaging course content, covering broad topics related to child care and development, you will be prepared to go into and make a positive impact in this growing, ever-changing field. This 100% online minor is a great addition for any program where one will work with or serve children including nursing, psychology, social work, and many others. This minor is available to complement all degree programs with the exception of majors in Family and Child and Family and Consumer Sciences Education.

Courses You Will Take

  • FCFC 202 – Child and Family Wellness (3 credits)
  • FCFC 310 – Promoting Prosocial Behavior in Young Children (3 credits)
  • FCFC 315 – Curriculum and Education in the Early Childhood Environment (3 credits)
  • FCFC 320 – Leadership and Management in the Child Development Setting (3 credits)
  • FCFC 380 – Parenting (3 credits)

Psychology is a science that studies behavior and mental processes. Psychologists look at individual differences in personality and cognitive abilities, social and biological influences on behavior, and the effects of development and learning on the individual. The study of psychology can help you understand both your own motivations and the behavior of others.

In the psychology of human development minor, you’ll discover the importance of physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development across the lifespan with the psychology of human development minor. Understanding child, adolescent, and adult developmental processes is key to this minor which can be applied to careers in social services, education, health care, and related areas.

This minor makes for a natural pairing with the sociology minor.

Required courses (12 credits)

  • EDPSY 254 Psychology of Early Childhood (3 credits)
  • EDPSY 350 Child Psychology (3 credits)
  • EDPSY 351 Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)
  • EDPSY 355 Adult Psychology (3 credits)

And, choose 6 hours from:

  • FCSFC 250 Family Relations (3 credits)
  • HSC 469 Health and Aging (3 credits)
  • HSC 471 Death and Dying (3 credits)
  • SOC 421 Racial and Cultural Minorities in the U.S. (3 credits)
  • SOC 424 Family (3 credits)
  • SOC 431 Aging and the Life Course (3 credits)

You’ll develop a foundation of knowledge related to marketing and leasing, maintenance, and customer service for the housing industry, including the thriving apartment industry. As a student in the RPM minor, you are eligible to sit for the National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP) designation exam, for which our students have a long history of success.

If you want to use your minor to enter the residential or apartment management field, you will find job opportunities in this flourishing field. Ball State has a national reputation in this industry and is one of only a few universities to offer an academic degree in residential property management, including a bachelor’s and master’s degree, and an online undergraduate certificate in apartment management certificate.

Required courses (12 credits)

  • FCSPM 104 Housing Decisions (3 credits)
  • FCSPM 235 Introduction to Residential Property Management (3 credits)
  • FCSPM 275 Marketing and Leasing Residential Properties (3 credits)
  • FCSPM 305 Maintenance for Managers (3 credits)

Choose 6 credits from:

  • FCSPM 315 Senior Housing, Design, Marketing, and Management (3 credits)
  • FCSPM 405 Management of Government-Assisted Housing (3 credits)
  • FCSFN 310 Customer Service (3 credits)

Choose 3 credits from:

  • ACC 201 Principles of Accounting 1 (3 credits)
  • ECON 116 Survey of Economic Ideas (3 credits)
  • ECON 201 Elementary Macroeconomics (3 credits)

Sociology can be described as the systematic study of human society and social interaction. Sociologists study the effects of groups upon individuals, interactions among groups and organizations, and cultural beliefs that direct human behavior within a local and global context.

This minor allows you to apply the development of reason and judgment instead of just professional skills. You will study contemporary sociological theory and research and apply it to social issues such as globalization, social inequality, diversity, health care, education, family, work, and religion. The sociology minor pairs well with our minor in criminal justice and criminology.

Required Course

  • SOC 100 Principles of Sociology (3 credits)

Electives (12 credits; at least 6 must be at the 300 or 400 level)

  • SOC 228 Globalization and the Third World (3 credits)
  • SOC 235 Sociology of Women (3 credits)
  • SOC 241 Deviance (3 credits)
  • SOC 242 Social Problems (3 credits)
  • SOC 260 Society and the Individual (3 credits)
  • SOC 312 Leisure (3 credits)
  • SOC 380 Sociological Research Methods (3 credits) 
  • SOC 382 Applied Social Statistics (3 credits)
  • SOC 402 Social Theory (3 credits)
  • SOC 421 Racial and Cultural Minorities in the U.S. (3 credits) 
  • SOC 424 Family (3 credits)
  • SOC 431 Aging and the Life Course (3 credits)

The above list of sociology electives consist of classes that are offered online by Ball State. If you have previous college credit in sociology, consult with your advisor to see if the credit will apply toward your electives.

This interdisciplinary field looks at ways sex and gender are displayed in social, cultural, and political contexts. Employers who face the pressing issues of gender in business and other sectors of society are demanding personnel who understand issues about gendered experience.

Psychology, history, sociology, and criminal justice majors use the women’s and gender studies minor for its diversity competency and its relevance to today’s workplace. If you pair this minor with an online history or a criminal justice and criminology minor, you can share credit requirements.

The minor can also benefit those preparing for counseling positions, managing businesses, active in the military, or committed to activism.

Women's and Gender Studies Courses (6 credits)

Required courses

  • WGS 210 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (3 credits)
  • WGS 499 Women/Gender Studies Capstone (3 credits)

Interdisciplinary Courses (15 credits)

Your choice of 15 credits

  • CJC 211 Race, Gender, and Crime (3 credits)
  • HSC 261 Health, Sex, and Family Life (3 credits)
  • SOC 235 Sociology of Gender (3 credits)
  • SOC 424 Family (3 credits)
  • SOC 434 Sociology of Human Sexuality (3 credits)
  • SOCW 250 Human Behavior and Social Environment (3 credits)
  • WGS 220 International Women’s Issues (3 credits)
  • WGS 369 Paid Internship (1-6 credits)
  • WGS 479 Unpaid Internship (1-6 credits)
Other relevant electives may be substituted with the approval of the program director.

University Core Curriculum

Your core curriculum classes are designed to give you the fundamentals of a well-rounded education needed to meet the broad responsibilities of citizenship in a free society. All Ball State students earning a bachelor's degree take core courses. Learn more about the Ball State core curriculum.

NOTE: The core courses in this section are available for online or main-campus students. However, there are core curriculum courses offered on the main campus that are not available online. Whether you are an online or main-campus student, you should work with your advisor to choose the courses best for you.

Core curriculum courses are divided as following:  

12 Required Credits
Select one course from each of the following arts, sciences, and humanities courses:

Fine Arts: Select one course:

  • DANC 100 Intro to Dance History (3 credits)
  • THEA 100 Intro to Theatre (3 credits)
  • AHS 100 Intro to Art (3 credits)
  • MUHI 100 Intro to Music (3 credits)
  • MUST 100 Fundamentals of Music Theory (3 credits)

Humanities: Select one course:

  • ANTH 111 Anthropology, Culture, Globalization (3 credits)
  • HIST 201 American History,1492-1876 (3 credits)
  • HIST 202 American History, 1877-Pres (3 credits)
  • PHIL 100 Intro to Philosophy (3 credits)
  • RELS 160 Intro to Religion in Culture (3 credits) 

Natural Sciences: Select one course:

  • ANTH 105 Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3 credits)
  • ASTR 100 Introduction Astronomy: A Study of the Solar System and Beyond (3 credits)
  • BIO 100 People and the Life Sciences (3 credits)
  • GEOG 101 Earth, Sea, and Sky: A Geographic View (3 credits)
  • GEOL 101 Planet Earth’s Geological Environment (3 credits)
  • HSC 160 Fundamentals of Human Health (3 credits)
  • NREM 101 Environment and Society (3 credits)
  • PHYC 110 General Physics 1 (4 credits)

Social Sciences: Select one course:

  • ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
  • CJC 101 Intro to American Criminal Justice System (3 credits)
  • CJC 102 Intro to Criminology (3 credits)
  • ECON 116 Survey of Economic Ideas (3 credits)
  • ECON 201 Elementary Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • GEOG 150 Global Geography (3 credits)
  • POLS 130 American National Government (3 credits)
  • PSYS 100 General Psychology (3 credits)
  • SOC 100 Principles of Sociology (3 credits)
  • SOC 224 Family and Society (3 credits)
  • SOC 242 Social Problems (3 credits)
  • SOC 260 Society and the Individual (3 credits)

Next level: Tier 2 Domain Requirements

Tier 1 includes of the Ball State core curriculum includes the largest number of classes. These foundational courses include subjects you will need to be well-versed for the rest of your college courses and in life.

18 Required Credit Hours

  • ENG 103 Rhetoric and Writing (3 credits)
  • ENG 104 Composing Research (3 credits)
  • COMM 210 Fundamentals of Public Communication (3 credits)
  • MATH 125 Mathematics and Its Applications (3 credits)
  • HIST 150 The West in the World (3 credits)
    or,  HIST 151 World Civilization 1 (3 credits) and HIST 152 World Civilization 2 (3 credits)
  • FCS 135 Financial Literacy (1 credit)
  • PFW 160 Individualized Fitness and Wellness (2 credits)

Business Administration Majors

Instead of Math 125, you are required to take the following two math courses:

  • MATH 111 Pre-Calculus Algebra (3 credits)
  • MATH 132 Brief Calculus (3 credits)

Next level: Tier 1 Domain Requirements

6 Required Credits
One course required from each of these 2 categories:

Fine Arts, Design, and Humanities: Select one course:

  • CAP 200 Fundamentals of Design Thinking (3 credits)
  • HIST 198 Studies in Non-Western Civilizations (3 credits)   
  • HIST 310 Introduction to the History of Business in the United States (3 credits)
  • HIST 370 Foundations of Asian Civilizations (3 credits)—Can also be counted as a writing emphasis course
  • MMP 100 Survey of the Music Industry (3 credits)
  • PHIL 202 Ethics (3 credits)—Can also be counted as a writing emphasis course
  • TGRA 184 Computer Applications in Graphic Arts (3 credits)

Natural and Social Sciences: Select one course.

  • ANTH 231 Introduction to Native American Studies (3 credits)
  • CJC 311 Race, Ethnic, and Gender Issues in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CJC 329 Decision Making and Ethics in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • ECON 202 Elementary Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • FCSFC 250 Family Relations (3 credits)
  • GEOG 265 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (3 credits)
  • GEOL 206 Oceans and Nations (3 credits)
  • HSC 180 Principles of Community Health (3 credits)
  • HSC 261  Health, Sexuality and family Life (3 credits)
  • SOC 328 Global and Social World (3 credits)
  • SOCW 230 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 1 (3 credits)
  • WGS 210 Intro to Women's and Gender Studies (3 credits)
  • WGS 220 International Women's Issues (3 credits)

Next level: Tier 3 Capstone Course or Experience

Number of Credits to Be Determined
The requirements for this will vary with your individual course of study and needs. Consult with your academic advisor when planning your senior year.

3 Required Credits
All Ball State students are required to take a course that is writing intensive. You may choose from:

  • HIST 370 Foundations of Asian Civilization (3 credits)—Can also be counted as a Tier 2 course
  • ISOM 249 Foundations of Business Requirement (3 credits)
  • MUSE 265 Music Basics for the Classroom (3 credits)
  • PHIL 202 Ethics (3 credits)—Can also be counted as a Tier 2 course
  • SOCW 250 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 1 (3 credits)

One of the requirements of a Ball State bachelor’s degree is taking the writing proficiency exam.

You’ll take it when you are about halfway through your degree program—after you’ve earned 60 credits and before you’ve reached 90 credits.

You will want to know how online students register and take the test. And, learn more about the Writing Proficiency Program, a university-wide mission.

Credits Through Exams

You may also gain college credit through exams such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Ball State departmental exams. Or, you may qualify for credits for military service.

For more information about these possibilities, contact Terri Manring in the Office of Admissions.

Ready to Apply?

Whether you are transferring credits in from another university or have never taken college courses anytime or anywhere before now, we invite you to learn about Ball State's admission requirements and how to apply to this program. Admission requirements vary with how far along you are in your education.

Application Deadlines

This program has rolling admissions—which means you can apply any time. Your advisor will help you determine which semester you can start registering for courses.

Please plan for at least 3-4 weeks for staff from your previous schools to send official transcripts to Ball State. We will review as soon as we receive all your application materials.


Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.


Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education. Learn more about state authorizations for non-Indiana students.

Want to Learn More?

Do you have questions about this program or online learning? We’re here to help! You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.

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