Distance Learning

Arkansas State U Expands Online Degree Offerings

Arkansas State University has launched four new bachelor's degree programs that are entirely online. The university now offers a total of seven online bachelor's degree programs and numerous online master's degree programs.

The university is expanding its online degree offerings in an effort to attract working adults who may already have some higher education courses and want to complete a degree. To that end, Arkansas State University's new online bachelor's degree programs "accept as many transfer credits as possible to help students make the most of college credits already earned," according to a press release from the university. However, even students without any previous college education can complete their entire degree program through A-State Online.

Arkansas State's new online programs include:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, with a focus on interpersonal, professional and mass media communications;
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, which includes courses about underlying causes of crime, the effect of socio-economic inequality on crime and the effect of social changes on crime rates;
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, which covers modern political theory, constitutional law, legal writing, research and advocacy; and
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, which covers the science of human responses and adaptations to society.

The university's other fully online bachelor's degree programs include a Bachelor of General Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. The university also offers an online program that enables registered nurses to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, numerous online master's degrees in education, and online master's degrees in public administration and sport administration.

Arkansas State U worked with Academic Partnerships, an online service provider for higher education, to offer these online degree programs. Academic Partnerships collaborates with the university's faculty members to help them transform their curriculum into "best-practice formats for online delivery." Academic Partnerships also helps recruit students and provide ongoing support for students while they complete their degrees.

Further information about Arkansas State University's online degree programs can be found on the A-State Online site.

About the Author

Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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