General Studies


The Bachelor of General Studies program is designed for those students who desire to pursue a non-traditional degree program at the University outside of any departmental major. This degree program permits great latitude in utilizing the academic resources of the University for planning and acquiring an education to meet individual needs. Students may plan their programs to the best advantage of their particular educational objectives. Students build their programs on the foundation of University's Common Academic Program requirements.
 

Bachelor of General Studies (GEN) minimum 120 hours

Admission requirements for the Bachelor of General Studies are the same as those for any other degree offered in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Candidacy for the Bachelor of General Studies may be declared in the first year but not later than the commencement of a student's last 30 semester hours of study. An application for acceptance into the degree program must be completed and approved by an Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Any students in good academic standing may request transfer into this program.

The General Studies student is required to plan an academic program to satisfy the requirements for graduation in consultation with an Assistant Dean. The General Studies student must complete a minimum of the last 30 semester hours of study under the supervision of an Assistant Dean who will serve as the student's advisor. The usual policy of prerequisites remains in effect in this program:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences' Competencies and the University's Common Academic Program requirements.
  2. Three semester hours of mathematics selected from courses offered by the Mathematics department (excluding MTH 205).
  3. Study of the natural sciences by completing seven semester hours in approved natural science courses (biology, chemistry, geology, physics), including one course with accompanying laboratory.
  4. A minimum of 54 semester hours of courses at the 300-400 level with a grade point average of 2.0 or better.
  5. Not more than 30 semester hours of work from any one academic discipline.
  6. Credits earned in completion of the Bachelor of General Studies may not be applied at a later time to the credits for a second degree from the College of Arts and Sciences.
  7. Successful completion of GNS 480, Senior Capstone course.
     
Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
West and the World
Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies
Intro To Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics3
Social Science3
Social Science Integrated
Arts3
Natural Sciences 47
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3
1

Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.

4

Must include two different disciplines and accompanying lab.

Major Requirements
General Studies Area at the 300/400 level 1, 254
GNS 480Senior Capstone0

Breadth
ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience1
Total Hours to total at least 120

1

 Includes 300/400 CAP courses.

2

 May not include more than thirty semester hours from any one academic discipline.


First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ASI 1501ENG 100 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
CMM 100 (CAP Communication)3HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3CAP Mathematics3
HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3CAP Natural Science w/lab4
CAP Arts3General Elective3
CAP Natural Science3 
 16 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 200 (CAP Writing Seminar)3CAP Faith Traditions (GS Major)3
SSC 200 (CAP Social Science)3General Studies Major3
General Studies Major3General Studies Major3
General Studies Major3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CAP Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies (GS Major)3CAP Advanced Historical Studies (GS Major)3
CAP Inquiry3CAP Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies (GS Major)3
CAP Integrative (GS Major)3CAP Practical Ethical Action (GS Major)3
General Studies Major3General Studies Major3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
General Studies Major3GNS 4800
General Studies Major3CAP Diversity and Social Justice3
General Studies Major3General Studies Major3
General Elective3General Studies Major3
General Elective2General Studies Major3
 General Elective2
 14 14
Total credit hours: 120