The bachelor's degree program in general studies allows you to take an active role in designing your educational experience through a flexible curriculum while maximizing ability to transfer previously earned credit. This personalized learning path, coupled with a focus on your specific interests and areas of study, provides a solid, well-rounded foundation in preparation for a variety of careers.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. Read this year's program catalog to see our recommended course sequence for this program. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the General Studies Bachelor's Degree

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Improve oral and written communication skills
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Analyze insights about personal and professional goals
  • Apply skills and knowledge from different academic disciplines
  • Synthesize concepts and theories in core content courses and focus areas

General Studies Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses

  • 6 credits from one discipline area (e.g. HRMN)
  • 6 credits from a second discipline area (e.g. PSYC)
  • 15 credits chosen from other disciplines
  • CAPL 495

Please note: No more than 21 credits of coursework in a single discipline area may be applied to the major.

General Education Requirements

This program requires 41 credits of general education coursework, outlined on our General Education Requirements webpage.

The overall requirements for a bachelor's degree in general studies follow our Bachelor's Degree Requirements with the following exception:

  • You must meet the 30-credit requirement for coursework taken at UMGC, but those credits may be earned in any combination across major, general education, and elective courses.

Your plan will be unique and based on your previous education. Please contact an advisor with any questions.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to prepare you with interdisciplinary educational experience that serves as a unique foundation for different career possibilities, including graduate study. Because the program covers multiple disciplines, you may be able to work in various fields, depending on your personalized educational experiences and qualifications.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Bachelor of Science in general studies? +

The Bachelor of Science in general studies is an interdisciplinary degree that allows you to focus on your specific areas of interest and develop skills to apply to future personal and professional goals. Pursuing this degree allows you to take an active role in designing your educational experience and creating an individualized pathway to a bachelor's degree.

Who should consider the Bachelor of Science in general studies? +

Many students have clearly defined discipline tracks leading to their chosen profession, such as accounting, business, or biology majors. The Bachelor of Science in general studies supports students who have career goals and aspirations that may require more than one discipline or subject area to provide the foundational knowledge needed for success.