General Studies Bachelor's Degree

Students should contact an academic advisor for additional information about this major.

The general studies major allows you to draw from various disciplines that provide a body of knowledge appropriate to an area of interest that you identify (for example, an aspect of culture, a historical period, or a geographical location). The interdisciplinary approach emphasizes analysis and synthesis of diverse theory and practice.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals and groups to convey ideas and knowledge and to establish professional competency
  • Develop the skills and competencies required for sustainable professional success
  • Use appropriate resources to research and critically analyze real-world situations
  • Cultivate an awareness of one's changing relationship to diverse social, historical, and cultural contexts
  • Understand and apply key concepts from chosen disciplines

Degree Requirements

A degree with a major in general studies requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 30 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 49 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 15 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.

Courses in the Major (30 Credits)

  • 15 credits in first discipline, of which at least 9 credits must be upper-level.
  • 15 credits in second discipline, of which at least 6 credits must be upper-level.

Minor and Elective Courses (49 Credits)

General Education Courses (41 Credits)

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).

Research Course

Introduction to Research (1 Credit, LIBS 150) (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing Courses

Arts and Humanities Courses

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

Math Course

College Mathematics (3 Credits, MATH 103)
or other 3-credit MATH course at or above the level of college algebra

Computing Courses