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General Studies (B.S.)

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B. S. in General Studies Curriculum Guide (PDF)

The curriculum of the General Studies Degree Program is structured to offer a broad range of courses designed to provide the student majoring in general studies with a choice of a major concentration of 33 semester hours in one of four areas and a minor of 27 semester hours from one of the remaining areas.

The program requires the student to be proactive in creating a curriculum to meet his/her needs and interests. Such a curriculum creates an area of major concentration in various disciplines taught at the College. Furthermore, it affords the opportunity to combine areas of concentration mutually enhancing to each other, thereby providing more effective preparation for the workplace or graduate studies.

Objectives of the Program

The broad purpose of the program in General Studies is to treat men's/women's group relationships in order that their creations in the arts as well as their discoveries in the sciences, education, business, and humanities might be understood, appreciated, and applied to contemporary society. This purpose is delineated as follows:

  1. Through study in the General Studies Program, the student should gain knowledge
    and an appreciation of the political, historical, social, economic, and broad cultural experiences of people from prehistoric times to the modern era.
  2. The General Studies Program provides support courses to enable students in other disciplines to meet degree or certification requirements.
  3. General Studies affords students the opportunity to pursue, in depth, areas of special interest in humanities, business, psychology, sociology, natural and social sciences, and mathematics.

Student Outcomes of the General Studies Program

Upon successful completion of the General Studies Program, the student should be able to

  1. recall essential factual information in the major and minor areas of concentration;
  2. read, understand and critique standard reference works and scholarly or professional periodicals in the areas of concentration;
  3. assess critical theories and trends in the chosen areas of concentration;
  4. synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge in the fields of the major and of the minor concentrations;
  5. demonstrate the ability to engage in critical thinking and independent judgment in the areas of concentration.


Admission to the programs in General Studies is defined in the admission policies and procedures of the Division of Applied, Natural, and Social Sciences. A copy of these requirements may be obtained from the office of the Dean of the Division.

Students who seek to enter a degree program in General Studies must have

  1. Successfully completed all of the core curriculum courses in their freshman and sophomore years;
  2. Successfully completed the English and mathematics proficiency requirements or attained the grade of C or higher in ENG 102 and in MAT 205 while attending Our Lady of Holy Cross College;
  3. Attained a minimum overall GPA of 2.0;
  4. Successfully completed the requirements of the College concerning the entrance examination based upon the core curriculum;
  5. Attained a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all general education classes during the freshman and sophomore years.



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