Bachelor of General Studies
Degree and Course Distribution Requirements
General Requirements as of Fall 2010
- Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate
- Complete 69 credit hours of course work in the arts and sciences not to exceed 21 hours in any one department or 30 hours in any one school
- Complete 30 credit hours of course work at Indiana University or through the IU Independent Study Program
- Complete at least 20 credit hours after admission to the General Studies Degree Program
- Complete 30 of the required 120 credit hours at the 300- and 400-upper division level
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) of 2.0 on all courses completed after admission to the Division of Continuing Studies
- Successfully complete one course from each of the seven competency areas.
- Follow the campus general education requirements which includes specific courses from a list in Mathematics; a lab science; another science; a PSY or SOC course; HUMA, MUS, or FINA course; a ENG-L or PHIL course; and a HIST, ECON or POLS course. Please check the following list for specific courses to choose from for the competencies and general education requirements.
Competency and General Education course list (click here)
Course Distribution Requirements
12 credit hours in Arts & Humanities
12 credit hours in Natural & Mathematical Sciences
12 credit hours in Social & Behavioral Sciences
18 additional credit hours in one of the preceding areas
15 additional credit hours in Arts & Sciences Electives
51 credit hours of General Electives
120 total credit hours required for the B.G.S.
Course Distribution Requirements
Each General Studies degree requires completion of course work in three learning areas: arts & humanities, natural & mathematical sciences, and social & behavioral sciences. These requirements provide students with a broad exposure to the humanities and sciences. To fulfill the requirements, students may choose from a wide variety of subject fields within each learning area. These subject fields are described below:
Arts & Humanities
The following subject areas fall under the Arts & Humanities requirements:
Musicology and Music History
New Media Communications
Theatre and Drama
Natural & Mathematical Sciences
The following subject areas and courses fall under the Science & Mathematics requirements:
Anatomy and Physiology
Anthropology B200, B301
Computer Science (CSCI)
Computer Technology CPT 110, 118, 136, 141, 155, 165, 172, 176, 230, 255, 265, 272, 276
Data Processing (DPIS)
Economics E270, E370
Geography G107, G109, G208, G304, G305, G315, G404, G405, G407
Philosophy P250, P251, P350, P351
Psychology P101, P201, P211, P325, P326, P327, P329, P335, P339, P405, K300
The Science & Mathematics courses listed with specific course numbers are Indiana University specific and may not correspond directly to other institutions' course numbers.
Social & Behavioral Sciences
The following subject areas and courses fall under the Social & Behavioral Sciences requirements:
Criminal Justice (any CJUS; and SPEA-J101, J321, J331, J201, J305, J312, J439)
Home Economics H150, H220, H248, H249, H255, H352, H450
Speech S221, S411, S424, S440
2The Social & Behavioral Sciences courses listed with specific course numbers are Indiana University specific and may not correspond directly to other institutions' course numbers.
3Please note that although "History" is listed under the Arts & Humanities requirements in the General Studies Degree Bulletin, "History" falls under the Social & Behavioral Sciences requirements at Indiana University Kokomo.
The following course work will be considered elective credit:
- Extra courses above the required numbers in the three subject areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Mathematical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences.
- "D" grades in any of the three required subject areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Mathematical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences.
- Any transfer credits not listed in the required areas of learning.
- Courses under the following departments not listed with the College of Arts & Sciences:
Banking and Finance
Computer Technology (CPT-Purdue)
Electrical Engineering Technology
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
Mechanical Engineering Technology
SCS G299 and G499
SPEA (School of Public and Environmental Affairs)