General Studies (BS)

Admission Requirements

Students must be admitted to the University. Admission to the program requires:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above
  • At least 40 institutionally-accredited college credits
  • A break from college for at least two years (4 semesters, excluding summer terms)

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements*31

* All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
Foreign Language 16-8
Electives in Natural and/or Social Sciences OR electives in Humanities (depending on the areas of focus) at 300 level or above6
WR Courses - two approved courses at the 300 level or above 2
Minimum Total Hours12-14

Program/Major Requirements

General Studies Requirements
GEN 305General Studies Orientation and Prior Learning Assessment (variable credit; 3 credits for students seeking portfolio construction and PLA)3
Other CUE-designated course3
Minor or certificate requirements Area 1 (must be in the College of Arts & Sciences) 39-33
Minor or certificate requirements Area 2 (can be in any college/school) 39-33
Minimum electives5-55
Minimum Total Hours75-77

Completion of the second semester of a single foreign language; hours will vary depending on the language taken.


May be met by completing other required courses designated WR.


All students are expected to pursue completion of 2 focus areas in the program by completing either 2 minors, 2 certificates, or the combination of a minor and a certificate. Students will choose their focus areas from programs that already exist (e.g., certificate in Geospatial Technologies and minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies); one must be in the College of Arts & Sciences but the second can be in any college/school. The specific courses completed will depend on the particular minor or certificate chosen.

 At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above. 

Flight Plan

NOTE: The nature of the BS in General Studies is specialized and unique to each student and therefore a flight plan is not available.