Lamar University has opened its virtual doors to students near and far by offering a general studies degree completely online and is showing many students (traditional and non-traditional) just how easy it is to earn a degree.
            The program, which became completely available online in the fall of 2007, already has 30 students in the process of earning a bachelor’s degree in general studies.
            “Offering this online degree has made it possible for more people to obtain higher education.  Those in the military, those who don’t live in the area, and those who want to return to school are able to attend Lamar and enrich their lives,” said Frances Morris, interim director of general studies.
The general studies degree requires students to successfully pass 48 core-curriculum hours and 42 elective hours.  Additionally, students are required to complete 30 advanced hours, which are divided into three disciplines of the student’s choice.  The options for online students are computer science, family and consumer sciences, geology, health, and kinesiology.  An additional option, criminal justice, will become available in the fall of 2008.
            Persons interested in obtaining a general studies degree online should apply in the same manner as traditional students.  Financial aid is also available for online students.  Applications and further information are available at
            Once they are accepted into the program, online students are advised by their assigned advisor, either over the phone or through email.  Once this step is complete, students may register for classes and are encouraged to continue communicating with their advisor throughout the length of their academic career.
            For more information, contact the department of general studies at (409) 880-7570.