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General Studies, BGS - IU Southeast

Bachelor Of General Studies

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The Bachelor of General Studies gives you a unique opportunity to develop a multidisciplinary course of study that fulfills traditional university requirements in liberal arts and sciences while being customizable to meet your specific goals for a college degree.

The IU Online Bachelor of General Studies allows you to complete requirements in three learning areas: arts and humanities, science and mathematics, and social and behavioral sciences. In consultation with your academic advisor, you also complete electives that allow you to tailor your general studies degree to your individual needs. You receive a broad range of skills and knowledge that can further your current career and/or prepare you for professional programs or graduate school.

Your IU Online BGS prepares you for such careers as:

  • Accounting specialist 
  • Public Relations specialist 
  • Marketing specialist 
  • Sales manager 
  • Brand manager 
  • Regulatory affairs specialist 
  • Project manager 
  • Operations manager 
  • Risk management specialist 
  • Office manager 

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the BGS, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours. At least 30 credit hours must be taken at the 300-400 level. You may be able to transfer an associate degree or up to 64 credit hours from a regionally accredited two-year college and up to 90 credit hours from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • General education courses (30 credit hours) 
  • Arts and humanities courses (12 credit hours) 
  • Science and mathematics courses (14 credit hours) 
  • Social sciences courses (12 credit hours) 
  • BGS concentration courses (18 credit hours) 
  • BGS capstone (3 credit hours) 
  • General elective courses (as needed to total 120 credit hours) 

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To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Admissions requirements vary.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states.

To apply to this program:

  • Complete application for admission. 
  • Submit high school transcript or equivalent (applicants with fewer than 26 college credits). 
  • Submit transcripts from all previous college/university attendance.
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials.
  • Submit official transcripts to admissions@ius.edu or: 
        Office of Admissions 
        4201 Grant Line Rd. 
        New Albany IN 47150 
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