GENERAL STUDIES COURSES

The General Studies program is designed for busy adults who do not have the necessary 60 credit hours to enter into one of our degree programs. 

​OVERVIEW

​60 Credit Hours
​24 Months

UPCOMING START DATES

Due to our unique structure and schedule, we onboard new students every five weeks. 

Program Summary

An online program where adult students take one course at a time for approximately 24 months to finish their General Studies requirement. Our General Studies cohorts have a maximum of 20 students, so APPLY today to reserve your spot.

Our curriculum focuses on three key areas

  • Orthodox Theological Studies: An applied approach to ancient wisdom
  • Leadership Development: Vision, Alignment, & Execution are key leadership values
  • Project Management: Planning, execution, and evaluation of projects


What To Expect?

Doable. You might think you’re too busy to go back to school. Maybe you haven’t found a program designed for busy adults? With our program, you will commit to one night a week of class, homework, and a simple project per semester. That’s it!

​Support. Every instructor and staff member is committed to helping you graduate. Whether it’s extra tutoring or some inspiration to finish that project, we are ready to help you achieve your career goals.

New Options. Getting your degree can help remove the glass ceiling in your career. Graduating transforms students’ lives with promotions, raises, or possibly moving into a whole new career. This program could also transform the other aspects of your life, not just your job. 

Faculty

Be assured that every faculty member is fully qualified to guide students through the coursework.

  • Fr. Adam Roberts
  • Fr. Demetrius Andrews
  • Fr. Elias Ayoub
  • Fr. Gregory Hogg
  • Fr. John Finley
  • Fr. Justin Slaughter Doty
  • Jordan Henderson, Ph. D. Candidate
  • Stratos Mandalakis

Course List (required text in italics)

  • PC 101: Practicum
  • ENG 101: College Composition
  • SG 101: Salvation & Spiritual Growth (Introduction to “Unseen Warfare” Part 1), 
  • ENG 103: Academic Writing & Research
  • LDR 101: Christian Perspectives on Leadership
  • PC 102: Practicum
  • HIST 101: Pentecost to 313
  • SCI 101: Earth Science for non-science majors
  • SG 102: Humility & Spiritual Guidance (Unseen Warfare Part 2: Ascetic Theology),
  • LDR 102: Interpersonal Relations
  • PC 201: Practicum
  • MATH 201: Personal Finance
  • LDR 201: Incarnational Leadership (formerly “On the Incarnation”)
  • ENG 201: World Literature
  • PSYCH 101: General Psychology
  • PC 202: Practicum
  • PHL 101: Introduction to Philosophy
  • HIST 201: The Seven Ecumenical Councils
  • SCI 201: Anatomy & Physiology for non-science majors
  • LDR 204: Christian Mentorship in the Church

Tuition

Every effort has been made for our students to graduate WITHOUT student loans. This is an important principle for this program. Every course in this program is 3 credit hours.

3 credit hours = $425

​Each course is $425. Our program is 60 credit hours which equals a total cost of $8,500. We also put a limit of no more than $75 on the cost of textbooks per course. At the beginning of most semesters, the student enrolls in two courses at $425 each (for a total of $850). Then students take one course every five weeks until the end of the semester. 

Program Schedule

The cohort meets on Zoom every Tuesday. Class sessions are four hours long from 6 PM to 10 PM Eastern. At 6:45, 7:45, and 8:45, a 15-minute break will take place. 

​The Practicum course runs concurrently during the semester. All of the needed information to begin, execute, and complete the practicum course is available in the syllabus. The instructor is always available by messaging or Zoom to assist.

​Each semester is self-contained. That means you can start with any semester and continue until you have fulfilled graduation requirements.

​When a U.S. Holiday or Eastern Orthodox Major Feast occurs on a Tuesday, the cohort will usually not meet. However, if the Holiday occurs the day before or after, the cohort will meet. A break is also given for Eastern Orthodox Holy Week.

Attendance & Tardiness Policy
Excused absences do not affect a student’s grade. Two unexcused absences will result in grade reduction for the course one half of a letter grade (e.g. A to A-, A- to B+, etc.), however, the final decision concerning grade reduction is the prerogative of the course instructor. Further absences will affect the final grade accordingly. A student whose attendance of the course is lower than 70% may receive the grade of FN (failure for non-attendance), with the approval of the instructor. A student may appeal the grade reduction.

A student who is late for the regularly scheduled class session for more than seven (7) minutes (given that the instructor is in class and the class session has begun) is considered as “tardy” for the class, and is marked accordingly on the attendance record. Three instances of tardiness may trigger a grade deduction at the instructor’s discretion. Students who may be late for class are obliged to inform instructors in advance. Students who arrive more than 15 minutes late may be marked “absent.” Students who miss more than 15 minutes of the 3 hours and 15 minutes of class time (excluding the three 15 minute breaks) may be marked “absent” at the discretion of the teacher.

Transcripts & Acceptance

Here are the following requirements for acceptance into the program.

  • Proof of high school graduation in the United States or its equivalent if an international student.
  • Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English.
  • The ability to execute and complete practicum projects either in the workforce or at one’s home church.
  • Students may transfer up to 60 credit hours into the program. 
  • Send unofficial transcripts for evaluation from your account page.
  • Upon acceptance, official transcripts are required immediately.
  • Access to a Google Drive account is required to share assignments with instructors and receive feedback.

General Studies Requirements

General studies course requirements include:

  • A minimum of 60 semester credit hours in courses numbered 100 – 299.
  • 30 credit hours of General Education courses (courses that do not directly relate to your degree).
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall in coursework completed at St. Athanasius College.
  • The General Studies Courses must be completed within a period of seven years, once begun at SAC.

Technology Requirements

St. Athanasius College offers academic courses within an engaged learning community. To take courses, you need a fully functioning computer, tablet, or smartphone with an Internet connection and web browser. All courses have audio and video, which means a media player will be needed. A webcam and microphone (built-in or external) are required. A connection to a network with sufficient internet speed: at least 300 kb/s download speed and 300 kb/s upload; satellite and dial up connections are not supported

Once students have registered for a class and login to the online campus, courses are accessed via LearnDash. Each course has a homepage that helps students navigate to a welcome area, the course syllabus, and weekly meetings.