Bachelor of General Studies

A Bachelor of General Studies offers students the quality of an IU degree along with the most flexibility of any academic program by allowing students to easily combine courses and transfer credits from a variety of academic disciplines. Offered entirely online, 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.

Program Requirements

First-Year Seminar (0-3)

  • UCOL-U 101 First Year Seminar or
  • HON-H100 Freshman Honors Seminar

A passing grade is required in the First Year Seminar course. This course is mandatory for all beginning freshman and for transfer students with less than 12 credit hours of transferring coursework. This course must be taken in the first semester after admission to Indiana University East if needed.

Additional Requirements 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 & Math, and Behavioral & 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.

Multicultural Awareness (3)

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

Ethical Reasoning (3)

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

Additional Requirements (12-14 cr)

First-Year Seminar (0-2)

Students entering the program with fewer than 12 credit hours of transferable credit are required to complete the First Year Seminar (UCOL-U 101).

Information Literacy (3)

CSCI-A 110 Intro to Computers and Computing (or equivalent)

Concentration Requirements (18 cr)

Select one concentration and choose 18 credits of courses within that concentration.

General Electives (66 cr)

  • Choose 15 credit hours from the Arts & Sciences
  • Choose 51 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 & sciences will be counted towards this degree (Business, Education, Human Services, Nursing, Social Work, or SPEA).
  • 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 completed ENG-W 131 or the equivalent within the first 25 credit hours for which they are enrolled. Students must also completed 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 is required for all courses taken toward a degree.

Required Credit hours
For a bachelor degree a minimum of 30 credit 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.

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