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Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Studies

The bachelor of general studies is specifically designed for students who have an associate's degree or have accumulated 64 semester hours. Your bachelor’s degree in general studies provides a solid foundation to work in any number of fields. The curriculum focuses on the development of oral and written communication skills and analytical and ethical thinking combined with a liberal arts component to balance the technical knowledge previously acquired. You can add an area of focus to your study by choosing from all of the other programs of study offered by College of Saint Mary.

Required Courses for Your Major

Component I

Associate’s Degree/Transfer Credits with 64 credit hours completed. (General Education, 40 credit hours: English Composition; Communications 101 or 212; English Literature; Fine Arts; History/Political Science; Social Science; Science; Moral Reasoning; Philosophy; Theology; Global and Cultural Diversity and Humanities Seminar.)

Component II

24 credit hours  — either a mix of classes or in one of the eight following areas of focus — art, history, music, philosophy, communication, business analytics and strategic communication, English or social science.

Minor and electives 

18 credit hours in a minor area of your choice and 33 credit hours in electives or a double major.

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To graduate with a bachelor’s degree in general studies, you must complete 128 credit hours, 36 of which much be completed at College of Saint Mary. 

Full Plan of Study 

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank. Unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers.
  • $30 application fee
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Academic Description

Enjoy Maximum Flexibility in Course Choice

Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Studies

The bachelor of general studies is specifically designed for students who have an associate's degree or have accumulated 64 semester hours. Your bachelor’s degree in general studies provides a solid foundation to work in any number of fields. The curriculum focuses on the development of oral and written communication skills and analytical and ethical thinking combined with a liberal arts component to balance the technical knowledge previously acquired. You can add an area of focus to your study by choosing from all of the other programs of study offered by College of Saint Mary.

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank. Unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers.
  • $30 application fee
  •  

Curriculum

Required Courses for Your Major

Component I

Associate’s Degree/Transfer Credits with 64 credit hours completed. (General Education, 40 credit hours: English Composition; Communications 101 or 212; English Literature; Fine Arts; History/Political Science; Social Science; Science; Moral Reasoning; Philosophy; Theology; Global and Cultural Diversity and Humanities Seminar.)

Component II

24 credit hours  — either a mix of classes or in one of the eight following areas of focus — art, history, music, philosophy, communication, business analytics and strategic communication, English or social science.

Minor and electives 

18 credit hours in a minor area of your choice and 33 credit hours in electives or a double major.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To graduate with a bachelor’s degree in general studies, you must complete 128 credit hours, 36 of which much be completed at College of Saint Mary. 

Full Plan of Study