bACHELOR OF ARTS in General studies

Overview

Southern offers a B.A. in General Studies for students whose personal and professional objectives are not met by the University’s established degree programs. The B.A. in General Studies may be especially attractive to non-traditional students such as part-time students, older students, returning students, students transferring credits to the University from other institution(s), and students returning to the University via the Fresh Start Option. Students who enter the B.A. General Studies degree program with more than 60 credits (75 credits for transfer students) are advised that more than 120 credits may be required to complete the degree.

Admission Requirements

Graduation Requirements for the B.A. in General Studies 

General Education Requirements for the B.A. in General Studies

Like all students at the University, B.A. General Studies degree earners must also satisfy all Liberal Education Program requirements for the B.A. degree.

General Education credits used to satisfy tier 1 or tier 2 LEP requirements may not also be counted towards an area of themed concentration.

IDS 401W: Interdisciplinary Investigations of Globalization is the required capstone course for the B.A. in General Studies. IDS 401W satisfies the tier 3 LEP requirement. IDS 401W also counts as a Writing Intensive (W) course.

With approval of the Liberal Studies Program Director and the Liberal Studies Academic Advising Coordinator in consultation with the Liberal Studies Committee, the following substitutions for IDS 401W can be made:

IDS 401W exemptions carry no course credit. In the case of an approved CTR 300 substitution for IDS 401W or an approved exemption from IDS 401W, students must still fulfill all W course requirements for graduation.

Area of Themed Concentration Requirements for the B.A. in General Studies

The B.A. General Studies is constructed around a 24-credit area of themed concentration rather than a major. A themed concentration must include 15 or more credits of coursework at the 300 or 400 level. Themed concentrations must be approved by the Liberal Studies Program Director and the Liberal Studies Academic Advising Coordinator in consultation with the Liberal Studies Committee. Examples of possible areas of themed concentration include:

Additional areas of themed concentration can be constructed in consultation with the Liberal Studies Program Director and the Liberal Studies Academic Advising Coordinator.

Students interested in the B.A. General Studies degree can obtain further information by contacting the Academic Advisement Center, Wintergreen Building, (203) 392-5367.