bACHELOR OF ARTS in General studies
Southern offers a B.A. in General Studies for students whose personal and professional objectives are not met by the University’s established degree programs. The B.A. in General Studies may be especially attractive to non-traditional students such as part-time students, older students, returning students, students transferring credits to the University from other institution(s), and students returning to the University via the Fresh Start Option. Students who enter the B.A. General Studies degree program with more than 60 credits (75 credits for transfer students) are advised that more than 120 credits may be required to complete the degree.
- A minimum 2.0 GPA
- A minimum of 60 credits completed
Graduation Requirements for the B.A. in General Studies
- All Liberal Education Program (LEP) general education requirements.
- A 24-credit area of themed concentration with at least 15 credits at the 300 or 400 level.
- A minimum 2.0 GPA in the themed area of concentration.
- A minimum of 36 credits overall at the 300 or 400 level.
- Passing grades in three writing intensive (W) courses. Students who transfer to SCSU with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W courses. Students who transfer to SCSU with 90 credits or more must pass one W course.
- An overall minimum 2.0 GPA.
- A minimum of 120 credits.
General Education Requirements for the B.A. in General Studies
Like all students at the University, B.A. General Studies degree earners must also satisfy all Liberal Education Program requirements for the B.A. degree.
General Education credits used to satisfy tier 1 or tier 2 LEP requirements may not also be counted towards an area of themed concentration.
IDS 401W: Interdisciplinary Investigations of Globalization is the required capstone course for the B.A. in General Studies. IDS 401W satisfies the tier 3 LEP requirement. IDS 401W also counts as a Writing Intensive (W) course.
With approval of the Liberal Studies Program Director and the Liberal Studies Academic Advising Coordinator in consultation with the Liberal Studies Committee, the following substitutions for IDS 401W can be made:
- Students may substitute CTR 300: Cooperative Education of 3 or more credits for IDS 401W.
- Students 25 years of age or older, with a minimum of five years’ paid work experience in subject areas taught at SCSU and additional substantive non-paid working experiences such as volunteer activities and non-credit training, may apply for an IDS 401W exemption from the Liberal Studies Program Director and the Liberal Studies Academic Advising Coordinator; exemption requests will be determined in consultation with the Liberal Studies Committee. To earn an exemption, students will need to provide documentation of their experience and make a 5-10pp.written argument that demonstrates college-level proficiency in writing and supports their claim of IDS 401W-equivalent learning outcomes.
IDS 401W exemptions carry no course credit. In the case of an approved CTR 300 substitution for IDS 401W or an approved exemption from IDS 401W, students must still fulfill all W course requirements for graduation.
Area of Themed Concentration Requirements for the B.A. in General Studies
The B.A. General Studies is constructed around a 24-credit area of themed concentration rather than a major. A themed concentration must include 15 or more credits of coursework at the 300 or 400 level. Themed concentrations must be approved by the Liberal Studies Program Director and the Liberal Studies Academic Advising Coordinator in consultation with the Liberal Studies Committee. Examples of possible areas of themed concentration include:
- Social Sciences theme (24 cr in SOC, PSY, PSC, ECO, ANT, GEO; 15 cr must be at the 300 or 400 level)
- STEM theme (24 cr in ESC, BIO, PHY, CHE, CSC, MAT; 15 cr must be at the 300 or 400 level)
- Humanities theme (24 cr in HIS, ENG, ART, PHI, MUS, COM, THR, WLL; 15 cr must be at the 300 or 400 level)
- Business theme (24cr ACC, ECO, FIN, MGT, MKT, MIS; 15 cr must be at the 300 or 400 level)
Additional areas of themed concentration can be constructed in consultation with the Liberal Studies Program Director and the Liberal Studies Academic Advising Coordinator.
Students interested in the B.A. General Studies degree can obtain further information by contacting the Academic Advisement Center, Wintergreen Building, (203) 392-5367.