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General Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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General Studies alumni at Indiana University South Bend are employed in most fields including business, education, public administration, sales, and social service.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Major Requirements

Basic competence must be demonstrated through completion of an approved course with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in those areas marked with an asterisk (*).

  • Introduction to General Studies* :: Prerequisite: Admission to General Studies or attend a General Studies Information Session. GNST-G 203 Introduction to General Studies must be completed either prior to or within the first 12 credit hours after admission to the Bachelor of General Studies degree program.
  • Quantitative Reasoning :: One required course; students may not test out of the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.
  • Second-level Writing* :: The second-level writing requirement can be met with ENG-W courses above ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry I or any course designated as fulfilling the CLAS second-level writing in the Schedule of Classes.
  • Senior Capstone Seminar* :: GNST-G 400 Senior Capstone Seminar must be completed during the final semester prior to graduation. This course gives students the opportunity to make an assessment of their degree in the light of university degree requirements and their personal and professional goals.
Arts and Sciences Foundation (69 cr.)

These courses must be completed in the three subject fields—A, B, and C—in at least two separate academic disciplines in each field as follows:

A. Arts and Humanities :: 12 cr.

African American Studies :: American Studies :: Classical Studies :: Comparative Literature :: English :: Fine Arts :: Folklore :: History :: History and Philosophy of Science :: Philosophy :: Religious Studies :: Speech :: Telecommunications :: Theatre and Dance :: World Languages

B. Science and Mathematics :: 12 cr.

Anatomy :: Astronomy :: Biology :: Chemistry :: Computer Science :: Geology :: Mathematics :: Microbiology :: Physics :: Physiology :: Plant Sciences

C. Social and Behavioral Sciences :: 12 cr.

Anthropology :: Criminal Justice :: Economics :: Geography :: Political Science :: Psychology :: Sociology

Concentration Area (18 cr.)

Concentration area courses must be earned in at least two separate disciplines in one of the three subject fields A, B, or C

Electives (15 cr.)

Electives may be earned in any of the three subject fields, A, B, or C or additional Arts and Sciences disciplines.

Each course in Areas A, B, C, and the concentration area must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

General Studies Electives (51 cr.)
  • Electives may be selected from any of the colleges/schools of the university.

Because a key objective of the Bachelor of General Studies degree is to encourage the development of a comprehensive curriculum, a maximum of 21 credit hours in any single department in the College of Arts and Sciences, and a maximum of 30 credits hours in any one of the professional schools of the university, may be applied to the Bachelor of General Studies. Students who minor in an area may take up to six additional credits beyond the minor requirements in order to complete the minor.

Minors and Certificates

Students are strongly encouraged to complete minors and/or certificates in consultation with a faculty advisor in the specific academic area as part of their Bachelor of General Studies degree. Minors and certificates are listed on their official transcript.


Students are encouraged to include internships as part of their Bachelor of General Studies degree. Internships provide students with the opportunity to advance in their current job settings. Students may also explore a potential career field, learn job skills, develop the habits of mind valued by employers, and integrate classroom content with real-life experiences. Professional level experiences and challenges improve marketability upon graduation. Students may use up to 12 credits of internship toward their Bachelor of General Studies degree. Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Eight semesters of English or the language of instruction
  • Six to eight semesters of mathematics
  • Six to eight semesters of natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics)
  • Six semesters of social science (economics, government, history, psychology, or sociology)
  • Eight semesters of foreign language, fine arts, computer science, or technical skills

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9673 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    19346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9673 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3447 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for South Bend

  • 885 - 1440 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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