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.
As a student in the IU Online Bachelor of General Studies, you select a concentration in one of three learning areas: arts and humanities, natural science and mathematics, and social and behavioral science. 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
To graduate with the BGS, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours with no more than 21 credit hours 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. At least 30 credit hours must be taken at the 300-400 level. All coursework applied to the learning areas must be completed with a C- or higher. 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:
- First-Year seminar (0-3 credit hours)
- Natural sciences and/or quantitative reasoning courses (3-4 credit hours)
- Social-behavioral courses (6 credit hours)
- Multicultural awareness course (3 credit hours)
- Ethical reasoning course (3 credit hours)
- Information literacy course (3 credit hours)
- Concentration requirements (18 credit hours)
- General elective courses (66 credit hours)
IU Online provides quick and easy access to tools, tips, and IU resources to help you succeed, including:
- Admissions: Personalized application support for the program that is right for you
- Onboarding: An interactive orientation to online learning and all things IU
- Student Financial Services: Tailored resources for financial aid and money management
- Success Coaching: One-on-one support to reach your academic and personal goals
- Math and Writing Support: Direct access to IU-trained math mentors and writing consultants
- Career Services: Interactive tools and coaching to accelerate your career
- Libraries and Research: Online access to IU library resources and research librarians
- Technology: A full suite of software, collaboration tools, cloud storage, and training
- 24/7 Contact Center: Real-time chat, email, and phone support direct from IU
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
Admissions requirements vary.
To apply to this program:
- Complete application for admission.
- Submit high school transcript or equivalent (applicants with fewer than 12 credit hours).
- International applicants may be asked for additional materials.
- Submit official transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org or:
Office of Admissions
Indiana University East
Whitewater Hall, Room 151
2325 Chester Boulevard
Richmond, IN 47374-1289
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
Cost for Indiana Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $229.84
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $689.52
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $330.99
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $992.97
Additional fees will apply.
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