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Q&A: Patricia Mercier, Dean of CAPS General Studies

Did you know that North Greenville University now offers online courses for adult students? The recently launched College of Adult Professional Studies (CAPS) serves adults ages 22 and older who are interested in earning their bachelor's degree in either business administration, Christian ministries, criminal justice and legal studies, elementary educational studies, general studies, or psychology.

We're currently highlighting the leaders of this non-traditional college, which reaches students around the world with the opportunity to graduate from NGU. For this feature, we spoke with Dean of CAPS General Studies Patricia Mercier for more information about her program:

What exactly is the CAPS general studies program?

The online general studies program at North Greenville University leads to a Bachelor of Arts in general studies. The general studies major places an emphasis on the classical liberal arts, focusing on the humanities and sciences.

This degree will give students a broad focus and allow for flexibility to choose their own courses in such a way as to shape their degree towards their own individual needs. Students can also focus in on a minor of their choice, and they have the opportunity to select a second minor or a language or else leave an 18-hour block as open electives.

What do you see as the main benefit of the CAPS general studies program?

The general studies degree is very flexible, allowing students to choose which courses they desire to take within the humanities, fine arts, mathematics, and science electives. Students have even more flexibility in choosing their minor and extra elective courses, so they can focus on the specific areas that interest them personally.

What makes you most excited about the work you are doing at NGU?

I am excited to see adult learners complete their degrees online so that they may pursue their passions and calling in life. The general studies program has great flexibility to accept most transfer credit, allowing us to focus on the remaining courses that students need to complete their degrees.

It is a joy to see students who were unable to complete their degrees before return to their studies online and finish what they started.

For more information about CAPS at NGU, visit ngu.edu/online

 


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