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Degree Information

The Bachelor of General Studies develops skills and competencies through 30 credit hours of general education, 12 hours in each of 3 areas (Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences), 18 additional hours in one of those areas, and up to 60 hours of electives, but no more than 30 in a single subject.

University Credit Hour and Residency Requirements

All Baccalaureate degrees offered by IU Southeast requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper-level coursework (300-level or above). No more than 64 credit hours earned in accredited junior/community colleges may be applied toward a Baccalaureate degree.

Bachelor of General Studies - Department Residency Requirements

The General Studies program enforces the University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements with no additions.

Bachelor of General Studies - General Education Core Requirements

All IU Southeast Baccalaureate degrees require 30 credit hours of General Education Core coursework. Students must select a course(s) to satisfy each category listed below. View the list of courses that satisfy the General Education Core requirements.

  • Information Literacy (1 credit)
  • Written Communications I (3 credits)
  • Written Communications II (3 credits)
  • Oral Communications (3 credits)
  • Ethical Reasoning/Diversity (3 credits)
  • Natural Sciences (one lecture – 3 credits, one lab – 2 credits)
  • Arts/Humanities (3 credits)
  • Social Science (3 credits)
  • General Education Additional Requirement (Art, Humanities, or Social Science) (3 credits)

Please note that several courses required for your Major may “double dip” with the general education core courses.

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Bachelor of General Studies - Program Post-Admission Requirements

The General Studies program requires a minimum of 18 credit hours to be earned at IU Southeast after admission to the program.

Arts and Humanities
A minimum of 12 credit hours required with a grade of C or better.

  • ENG-W 131 or HON-H 103
  • SPCH-S 121 or HON-H 104 or PHIL-P 113
  • ENG-W 290

Capstone (see below)

Science and Math
A minimum of 14 credit hours required with a grade of C or better.

  • Science with Lab
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Choice of Science/Math
  • Choice of Science/Math

Social Sciences
A minimum of 12 credit hours required with a grade of C or better. (At least 3 hours at the 300-400 level.) Choose at least 2 different disciplines within the area.

  • Central Ideas in Social/Behavioral Science
  • Choice of Social/Behavioral Science
  • Choice of Social/Behavioral Science
  • Choice of Social/Behavioral Science

Capstone
Grade of C or better required.
Must be taken when 86 hours are completed. Chose from GNST-G400 (online) or GNST-G400 (hybrid).

Area of Concentration
18 additional credit hours in

  • Arts and Humanities or
  • Science and Math or
  • Social Sciences

Choose at least two different disciplines within area. Grade of C or better required.

Upper Level Course Requirements
30 credit hours of upper-level (300-400) courses
Must have at least 3 credit hours of an upper level in another disciplinary area other than Arts and Humanities

*The Capstone counts as an upper-level course
*Approved internships count as upper-level hours

Electives
EDUC, MIL, BUS, LSTU, NURS, OLS, SUPV, HPER/SPH courses fit in this category
Credit Hour Requirements

  • Minimum 120 credit hours for BGS
  • Maximum credit hours accepted from 4-year college: 90; not to exceed 90 hours in combination
  • Maximum credit hours accepted from 2-year college: 64; not to exceed 90 hours in combination
  • Must earn at least 26 credit hours after admission to BGS
  • See General Studies advisor for information about CLEP, DSST, and PLA credits

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