About The Major

General studies is an adult degree program that allows students to shape their program of study almost entirely. One can earn a well-rounded Associate of Arts (AA) or Bachelors of General Studies (BGS) degree, considered an Indiana University Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree, in preparation for a wide variety of potential careers or graduate programs. Courses must be taken in Arts and Humanities, Science and Mathematics, and Social and Behavioral Sciences, to prove competency in: Written and Oral communication, Quantitative Reasoning and Computer Literacy. Many of the credit hours can be filled through electives in the student’s area(s) of interest. Students often use existing certificates and minors to build an individualized curriculum around their interest and career goals. General studies provides a Learning community Seminar, a survival course recommended for new students or those returning after a long break from college, to orient students to the program.

Complimenting Interests




Major Possibilities

Course Clusters

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Science & Mathematics
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Elective Coursework

Possible Certificates

  • Business Foundations
  • Case Management
  • Family Studies
  • Human Resource Management
  • Public Affairs


Possible Minors

  • Computer Information Technology
  • Informatics
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Philanthropic Studies
  • Spanish 
  • Policy Studies

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