General Studies Program


The General Studies major was established to meet the needs of students desiring a broad-based liberal arts education. This major provides students with greater flexibility in the arrangement of their curriculum than that in more specialized majors. The General Studies major enables students to be exposed to a broad-based curriculum as well as to select an area of concentration and related course work in the natural sciences, behavioral sciences, social sciences, technology, mathematics, professional studies, or humanities. Completion of the General Studies major will lead to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, based on the area of concentration.


The General Studies major is designed:

1. To prepare students academically for graduate or professional study;
2. To prepare students academically and experientially for employment;
3. To allow students to explore a variety of knowledge areas thereby enabling students to acquire a broad-based, humanistic education; and
4. To give students a large measure of control over their own education.

Entry Criteria for the General Studies Major
 Upon admission to the College, each student is classified as a General Studies major. Students may choose to remain in this program of study and earn a B.A. or B.S. degree in General Studies or students may choose a more specialized/traditional major.

To remain a General Studies major, students must:

  1. Make formal application to the General Studies department at the end of the second semester of enrollment, but no later than the fourth semester of matriculation;
  1. Be interviewed by a General Studies academic advisor; and
  1. Present sound reasons for the choice of General Studies as a major.

Retention Criteria for the General Studies Major
To be retained as a General Studies major, students must:

  1. Complete the College’s core curriculum;
  1. Identify, and receive approval of, an area of concentration no later than the completion of the core curriculum;
  1. Develop, and receive approval of, a coherent curriculum plan;
  1. Demonstrate the ability to work independently; and
  1. Should remain in good academic standing.

Exit Criteria for the General Studies Major Program
To be approved as a candidate for graduation with a B.A. or B.S. in General Studies, a student must:

  1. Take at least 60 semester hours of courses at the 200 course level or higher and

at least 30 semester hours of courses at the 300 or 400 level;

  1. Complete at least 120 semester credit hours;
  1. Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better; and
  1. Earn a grade point average of 2.0 in the area of concentration, with no  concentration course grade below “C”.

Course Requirements for the General Studies Major Program
General Studies majors must complete at least 120 semester hours as follows:

Core Curriculum                                                                           48 hrs.

Required Major Concentration                                               30 hrs.

Required Related Coursework                                                24 hrs.

Required Supportive Coursework                                         18 hrs

Total                                                                                           120 hours      



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