Not everyone’s interests fit into the traditional major program.  A degree in General Studies gives you the flexibility to choose an emphasis or two in a degree plan more suited to you. Southwestern’s Interdisciplinary Studies program even lets you add an area of emphasis not offered on campus.

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General Studies (A.S.)

This associate of science degree includes the general education courses required for a bachelor of science degree. (Exceptions: 6 semester hours of religion rather than 12, no upper-division credits required.)  After earning this degree, a student may elect to complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree or enter the workforce directly.

General Studies (B.S.)

For this this degree program, you’ll need to meet Southwestern’s general education and baccalaureate degree requirements, plus one area of emphasis (42 semester hours; 18 upper division) or two (24 semester hours each; 9 upper division each).  

Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A./B.S.)

If you have a specific career goal not included in Southwestern’s majors and minors, you can request a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies through the Vice President for Academic Administration.  You’ll need to seek and get approval before 60 semester hours are completed, and your degree plan is developed in consultation with a faculty advisor and professors from separate academic disciplines.

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