Students should contact an academic advisor for additional information about this major.
The general studies major allows you to draw from various disciplines that provide a body of knowledge appropriate to an area of interest that you identify (for example, an aspect of culture, a historical period, or a geographical location). The interdisciplinary approach emphasizes analysis and synthesis of diverse theory and practice.
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals and groups to convey ideas and knowledge and to establish professional competency
- Develop the skills and competencies required for sustainable professional success
- Use appropriate resources to research and critically analyze real-world situations
- Cultivate an awareness of one's changing relationship to diverse social, historical, and cultural contexts
- Understand and apply key concepts from chosen disciplines
A degree with a major in general studies requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 30 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 49 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 15 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.
Courses in the Major (30 Credits)
- 15 credits in first discipline, of which at least 9 credits must be upper-level.
- 15 credits in second discipline, of which at least 6 credits must be upper-level.
Minor and Elective Courses (49 Credits)
General Education Courses (41 Credits)
Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).
Introduction to Research (1 Credit, LIBS 150) (to be taken in first 6 credits)
- Introduction to Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 101)
or Introduction to Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 101S)
- Research Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 291)
or other writing course
- Foundations of Oral Communication (3 Credits, SPCH 100)
or Military Communication and Writing (3 Credits, COMM 200)
or other communication, writing, or speech course
- Advanced Research Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 391) (required content course)
Arts and Humanities Courses
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
College Mathematics (3 Credits, MATH 103)
or other 3-credit MATH course at or above the level of college algebra
- Concepts and Applications of Information Technology (3 Credits, IFSM 201)
or Digital Media and Society (3 Credits, CMST 301)
- Information Systems in Organizations (3 Credits, IFSM 300)
or another computing course appropriate to the academic major