The General Studies program has been established in recognition of the fact that existing majors may not satisfy the needs of all students desiring a liberal education. General Studies is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to select a core area of concentration and cognate coursework not offered in traditional majors. Students who plan to pursue graduate or professional degree programs or enter certain employment areas that require established curricular backgrounds may find it to their advantage to consider existing majors offered within the college rather than the General Studies option. The standard majors have wider acceptance and more readily identify the nature and quality of an individual’s academic background. Students should not declare this major before they have completed 80 credit hours. Students seeking admission to this program will be interviewed by an advisor in the college Student Services Office and must have sound reasons for their choice. Once accepted into the program, students must have their courses approved by the General Studies advisor for use in the core area of concentration and the cognate requirement.
Under this program, the University General Education and College of Arts and Letters Skills curriculum requirements specified in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog must be fulfilled, and an area of concentration in the natural sciences, social sciences or humanities must be identified for the purpose of determining education requirements. Students must take at least 64 hours of courses at the 2000 level or higher and at least 32 hours of courses at the 3000/4000 level and have earned a minimum of 120 hours to be eligible for graduation. In lieu of a major, students must take at least 15 but not more than 34 hours of course work in a single department to serve as the core area and 16-35 hours of course work to serve as the cognate for a total of 50 hours. Students must meet an minimum GPA average of 2.0 in a GPA calculation of the core area as well as a secondary GPA calculation of the core area and the cognate.
Courses used for the core concentration must be courses that would count in the major in those departments.