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Total program credits needed for graduation: 180

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 866.933.5835, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

General Education Requirements

As a Capella Bachelor’s student, you need 45 quarter credits to satisfy your general education requirements. You’ll need to choose a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each of the categories below. You’ll also select an additional 21 quarter credits of your choosing from any of the categories.

+ Communication


English Composition (6 quarter credits)
Research Writing (6 quarter credits)
Business and Technical Writing (6 quarter credits)
Public Speaking (3 quarter credits)†
Intercultural Communication (6 quarter credits)†
Visual Design in Communications (3 quarter credits)
Leadership, Gender, and Communication (6 quarter credits)
Conflict Resolution (6 quarter credits)
Media and Culture (3 quarter credits)


+ Humanities

Art History Survey (6 quarter credits)
Introduction to the Humanities (6 quarter credits)
Approaches to Studying Religions (3 quarter credits)
Global Multiculturalism and World Religions (6 quarter credits)
Introduction to Literature: Short Stories (3 quarter credits)
Women's Literature (3 quarter credits)
Introduction to Philosophy (6 quarter credits)
PHI2000 1
Ethics (6 quarter credits)
Bioethics and Society (3 quarter credits)
Introduction to Logic (6 quarter credits)
Ethics in Health Care (6 quarter credits)

+ Natural Science and Mathematics

BIO1000 1
Human Biology (6 quarter credits)
Biology and Society (3 quarter credits)
Environmental Health (6 quarter credits)
Chemistry for Changing Times (6 quarter credits)
Chemistry and the Environment (3 quarter credits)
Introduction to Astronomy (6 quarter credits)
College Algebra (6 quarter credits)
Pre-Calculus (6 quarter credits)
MAT2001 3
Statistical Reasoning (6 quarter credits)
MAT2050 4
Statistical Literacy (3 quarter credits)
MAT2051 5*
Discrete Mathematics (6 quarter credits)

+ Social Science


Microeconomics (6 quarter credits)
Macroeconomics (6 quarter credits)
Immigrants in the American City (3 quarter credits
History of Health Care in America (3 quarter credits)
Critical Aspects of American History (3 quarter credits)
PSYC1000 1
Introduction to Psychology (6 quarter credits)
The Politics of American Government (6 quarter credits)
Globalization (6 quarter credits)
Introduction to Human Society (6 quarter credits)
Cultural Diversity (6 quarter credits)
Social Deviance (6 quarter credits)



Sophia Pathways: An Accelerated, Flexible, Low-Cost Option for Fulfilling Your General Education Credits

Save money and take your Bachelor's general education required courses faster through Sophia Pathways: Capella’s self-paced learning partner. Just like at Capella, Sophia courses are offered online — only you can take them whenever you like, at your own pace, for a fraction of the cost.

Learn more about Sophia Pathways.

Additional Program Requirements

Developing Business Thinking (6 quarter credits)†

Core Courses

42 course quarter credits. Select from the following:

Developing a Business Perspective (6 quarter credits)‡ OR
Developing a Business Perspective (6 quarter credits)§
Fundamentals of Management (3 quarter credits)
Fundamentals of Leadership (3 quarter credits)
Fundamentals of Business Law (3 quarter credits)
Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management (3 quarter credits)
Fundamentals of Marketing and Sales (6 quarter credits)
Fundamentals of Human Resource Management (6 quarter credits)
Fundamentals of Organizational Communication (6 quarter credits)
Fundamentals of Accounting (3 quarter credits)
Fundamentals of Finance (3 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

48 course quarter credits. Choose from the following:

Compensation and Benefits Management *(6 quarter credits)
Legal Issues in Human Resource Management* (6 quarter credits)
Recruiting, Retention, and Development* (6 quarter credits)
Employee and Labor Relations* (6 quarter credits)
Employee Training and Development* (6 quarter credits)
International Human Resource Management Issues* (6 quarter credits)
Ethics and Enterprise* (6 quarter credits)
Change Management* (6 quarter credits)

Elective Courses

Choose 39 credits of additional undergraduate courses.

Capstone Course

Taken during learner's final quarter.

Business Capstone Project (6 quarter credits)

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

†Learners who are determined to need additional support developing academic and professional writing and reading skills based on academic assessment must take BUS1003 during their first quarter.

‡Learners who have completed BUS1003 are required to take BUS3003.

§Learners who are not required to take BUS1003 are placed in BUS3004 or BUS3007.

║Learners who have completed BUS1003 choose 33 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.

FlexPath Self-Paced Learning Option

If you’re highly motivated, looking to save time and money, and crave the freedom and flexibility of setting your own pace, you may want to consider FlexPath. Rather than face weekly deadlines, you’ll work at your own pace to complete a series of assessments for each course.

There’s no limit to the number of courses you can complete per session — you’ll still pay the same flat tuition rate every 12 weeks.

Learn more about FlexPath Self-Paced Learning

PHR®/SPHR® Preparation Courses

Capella offers online prep courses to prepare you for success in your Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) exams.* These Capella certification exam preparation courses are designed by subject matter experts, and include discussion questions, application exercises, and module exams to develop specific HR competencies.

*While pass rates on the PHR® and SPHR® exam tend to improve for those taking the review course, no guarantee can be made that completion of this course will result in success on this exam. Individuals are encouraged to use this review course as a guide in their preparation and to seek additional assistance as they determine is necessary.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 135 credits into this specialization.

Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

Learn more about individual courses


If you have elective courses in your specialization, you may be able to use them to fulfill both your degree and concentration requirements at the same time. However, completing a concentration may extend your total credits beyond the requirements of your degree. Concentrations available for this specialization include:

  • Accounting
  • Business Intelligence
  • Finance
  • Health Care Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Project Management

To learn more, call 866.933.5835, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.