General Studies

Bachelor of General Studies (120 cr)

A Bachelor of General Studies offers students the quality of an IU degree along with the most flexibility of any academic program. This degree allows graduates to have nearly endless career choices — a must for today’s changing workforce.

Select a concentration in Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Natural Science and Mathematics**. Then choose those courses that interest you the most. This is an excellent option for working adults, transfer students, or anyone who has a broad interest in the liberal arts.

**The Natural Science and Math concentration is offered through the School of Natural Science and Math. Contact the NSM advisor for more information about this concentration.

General Education (30 cr)

General Education Requirements »

Program Requirements

First-Year Seminar (0-2 cr)

A passing grade is required in the First Year Seminar course. This course is mandatory for all beginning freshmen and for transfer students with no more than 12 credit hours of transferring coursework. This course must be taken in the first semester after admission to Indiana University East.

Additional coursework required for Learning Areas (9-10 cr)

The degree requires completion of 12 credit hours in each of three Learning Areas: Arts & Humanities, Natural Science and Math, and Behavioral and Social Sciences. These areas often overlap with the General Education requirements described above. Choose additional coursework to fulfill the remaining requirements:

  • 3-4 additional credit hours total from Natural Sciences and/ or Quantitative Reasoning disciplines (list above)
  • 6 additional credit hours total from Social-Behavioral disciplines (list above)
  • All coursework applied to the Learning Areas must be completed with a C- or higher. As a result, students may need additional courses toward this requirement. See your advisor for more information.

Additional Requirements

Information Literacy (3 cr)

  • CSCI-A110 Introduction to Computers & Computing (or equivalent)

Multicultural Awareness (3 cr)

One course taken to fulfill degree requirements must come from this list. See your advisor for more information.

Ethical Reasoning (3 cr)

One course taken to fulfill degree requirements must come from this list. See your advisor for more information.

Capstone (3 cr)

  • GNST-G 400 General Studies Capstone

Concentration Requirements (18 cr)

Select one concentration and choose 18 credits of courses within the designated disciplines.

Arts & Humanities

Natural Science & Mathematics**

** This concentration is offered through IU East’s School of Natural Science and Math. Please contact the NSM advisor if you’d like to concentrate in this area.

Behavioral & Social Sciences

General Electives (63 cr)

  • Choose 15 credit hours from the Arts & Sciences disciplines.
  • Choose 48 credit hours in courses from a variety of disciplines to attain your educational goals (consult advisor for assistance).

Additional Guidelines

  • No more than 21 credit hours may be taken in a single arts and sciences area.
  • No more than 30 credit hours in a single discipline outside the arts and sciences will be counted towards this degree (Business, Education, Human Services, Nursing, Social Work or SPEA-V courses).
  • At least 30 credit hours must be taken at the 300-400 level.
  • Consult with your advisor for grade requirements specific to this degree.

Writing Requirement

A grade of C (2.0) or above is necessary in all English composition courses required for a degree. Students must complete ENG W131 or the equivalent within the first 25 credit hours for which they are enrolled. Students must also complete a second writing course with a C (2.0) or above within the first 50 credit hours for which they are enrolled. This course should prepare students for writing research papers and include at least one method of widely accepted documentation and instruct students in library research skills. All students must complete a culminating writing experience in their major.

General Grade Requirement

No grade below a 1.7 (C-) will be accepted in the Learning Area and Concentration Area coursework. A passing grade is required in all other courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) is required for all courses taken toward a degree.

Required Credit Hours

For a bachelor degree a minimum of 30 hours at the 200 level or above must be completed at Indiana University East. At least 15 hours in the field of concentration must be completed at Indiana University East.


Request Information

Thank you so much for your interest in IU East! Please feel free to contact us with any questions at or (765) 973-8208.
Available Contact Fields
Ethnicity (check all that apply)
Available Opportunity Fields
Available Campaign Member Fields
Available Campaign Fields
Required Opportunity Fields (can leave hidden but must stay on the form)
Required Campaign Member Fields (keep hidden but need to keep on form)
Required Campaign Fields (may keep hidden but need to keep on form)