General Studies Bachelor's Degree Overview
The general studies program recognizes that the traditional majors offered by the college may not meet the needs of all students desiring a liberal education. General studies is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to select an area of concentration and related course work not offered in a traditional major. Working with UT's general studies program adviser, a student can design an individualized major by combining a series of courses from a single department with various related courses from several different departments. General studies offers the broadest possible major in the College of Arts and Sciences.
General studies also provides a short-term major for any student who is still exploring the 19 departments of the College of Arts and Sciences (BA general studies), and students seeking entrance into the pre-medical program (BS general studies). While deciding on a major, general studies students may work toward fulfilling other requirements, such as The University of Toledo Undergraduate Core Curriculum and the Arts and Sciences Skill and Distributive Requirements. By working one-on-one with the general studies adviser, students will be able to design a course of study aimed at exploring multiple interests, participate in an orientation course with other undeclared students, investigate career issues related to different majors, and eventually declare a major in The College of Arts and Sciences.
What to expect when you graduate
General studies can be suitable preparation for some graduate and professional programs. Consult prerequisite courses required by programs and schools.
College of Arts and Letters Highlights
- Active learning — Versus just sitting in a classroom and absorbing the knowledge, we have our students learn and then "do" through volunteer work or internships.
- Faculty working and researching in the field — In addition to teaching courses, our faculty are out there investigating and uncovering new insights and theories. This puts them among the leaders in their respective fields.
- Better preparation for graduate school — Most of the programs in the college have a graduate-level component, this means those same instructors will be teaching and preparing you at the undergraduate level.
- Technology integrated into curriculum — Our students learn and practice on the same equipment they'll encounter in the working world; standout technology includes a geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing labs, a media-driven Foreign Languages Learning Lab, a letterpress facility, a high-definition television studio with editing and scripting bays, and more.
General Studies Bachelor's Degree Curriculum