If you prefer a broader and more varied approach to learning than what a single-discipline major could give you, then you may want to choose our new flexible general studies major.
This new major is ideal if:
- You’re looking for a strong foundation in general education, which will then prepare you to pursue a graduate degree in a field that doesn’t require a specific major or that encourages multi-disciplinary undergraduate study.
- You want to develop marketable job skills and meet many employers’ basic requirement of having a college degree.
- You are seeking retraining and want to increase your general knowledge so you can enhance your personal and professional growth.
The curriculum is built on a foundation of general education courses and electives, so you can develop depth in your background knowledge that is required for further study. You will receive hands-on experience through an internship, directed study, service-learning project and/or study abroad. As part of the major, you’ll have to complete a writing intensive capstone course related to your main area of study.
With this degree, you’ll have many employment and graduate and professional school opportunities.
The general studies major consists of 72-73 credits distributed over at least three areas of study, each representing a different category. Five courses (15 credits) must be at the 1300 level or above. Students select three areas of study from a list of five possible categories, and credits are distributed as follows:
Area of Study I: 36 credits
Area of Study II: 18 credits
Area of Study III: 12 credits
Total: 66 credits
Students may choose from the following categories and must complete three areas as detailed above:
Category I: Arts and Letters (ENG, WRITNG, ART, MUSIC, THEA, languages)
Category II: Behavioral, Economic, and Political Sciences (PSY, SOC, ECON, PS)
Category III: History, Cultures, and Philosophical Inquiry (HIST, ANTH, PHIL)
Category IV: Physical, Life and Computational Sciences (ASTRON, BIOL, CHEM, ENGR, ES, GEOL, PHYS, PET, MATH)
Category V: Professional Studies (ACCT, ADMJ, CIST, COMM, EDUC, ENTR, ENVSTD, FIN, HPRED, HMGT, INTS, MGMT, MIS, MRKT, NUR, PR)
Students must also complete a three-credit experience in directed research, internship, service learning, or study abroad.
Capstone: Students must complete a three- or four-credit capstone in an area of focus for which all prerequisites have been met
Total credits required for the major 72-73
Required Minor 15-21