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iun general studies

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) requires completion of course work in three (3) required areas of learning. To fulfill the requirements, students may choose from within each area of learning. Also, a student must demonstrate competency in each of the following areas: written communication, oral communication, mathematics, and computer literacy. Students should discuss with their academic advisors the appropriate ways to establish competency.

The subject fields grouped under the three area of learning follow. Similar subject fields from other colleges and universities may be applied toward fulfilling the area requirements.

Arts and Humanities
Classical studies Language courses
Comparative literature Minority studies
English Musicology and music history
Fine arts Philosophy
Folklore Religious studies
History Speech and communication
History & philosophy of science Theatre and drama

Science and Mathematics
Anatomy and physiology Geology
Astronomy Mathematics
Biology Microbiology
Chemistry Physics
Computer information systems Plant sciences
Data Processing Zoology

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Anthropology Political science
Economics Psychology
Geography Sociology


Students may select any of the courses offered by Indiana University or other schools to fulfill elective requirements. Students are encouraged to consult with their advisors and to concentrate their elective course work in subject fields related to their primary academic interest, a second area of expertise, and personal interests. Students are also encouraged to focus their learning by selecting minors available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Students can complete up to three minors while pursuing their General Studies degree. Please contact your advisor for more information.