Saint Louis University

B.A. in General Studies

Online General Studies Degree | Finish Your Bachelor's Degree at SLU


SLU's School for Professional Studies offers a liberal arts degree program that is designed for working adults like you.

The online Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree (BGS) is a multidisciplinary Liberal Arts program that offers students an opportunity to:

  • Study aspects of our society and culture
  • Sharpen comprehension, speaking and writing skills
  • Think critically

Students who earn their online general studies degree will emerge from our program with a broad knowledge base akin to a liberal arts degree from which they may continue to advance in their academic pursuits and professional interests.

Our online General Studies degree helps students develop competencies such as principled decision-making, appreciation for diverse perspectives and analytical and communication skills that can be applied in multiple industries and positions. The industries and careers in general studies available to you are seemingly endless.

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Learn more about the career opportunities with a B.A. in General Studies.

The Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree meets the growing needs for online courses/programs as well as liberal arts programs.

SLU offers the General Studies degree online, as well as in an on-ground format. All courses offered through Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies are in an accelerated format designed for busy adults, with online and evening classes. Request information or submit your online application for admission today! 

Chair of the General Studies program: Dr. Jenny Agnew

Courses for B.A. in General Studies

Communication and Technology
credit hours:
12
History
 
or
 
or
 
or
credit hours:
3
Fine Arts and Literature
FPA -
Any Fine and Performing Arts course
3
-
Any Literature course
3
credit hours:
6
Philosophy
 
or
 
and
PHIL 2055
3
credit hours:
6
Theology
THEO -
Any Theology course level 2000 or higher
3
credit hours:
6
Social Science
 
Take any two of the following from varying disciplines based on requirements of your degree program. Courses must be in different disciplines:
POLS 1105
3
PSYK 1010
3
 
(PSYK 1010 is required for Security & Strategic Intelligence or Organizational Studies degree)
PST 1900
3
 
(PST 1900 required for Organizational Studies degree)
 
(SOC 1105 required for Security & Strategic Intelligence degree)
credit hours:
6
Natural Science and Quantitative Reasoning
 
Pick 1 science, 1 quantitative reasoning (two options are listed below) and 1 from either discipline
MATH 1205
3
credit hours:
9
Diversity
 
One of the above courses or a general elective must meet the requirement as a diversity course. Below are some examples of courses that count towards diversity. Contact your advisor for an updated list.
HIST 3825
3
 
BGS Major Courses
 
At least 24 hours must be at the 3000 and 4000 level and at least 6 hours of courses must be taken in each of the following areas:
-
Any two Fine Arts and Literature courses
6
HIST -
Any two History courses
6
-
Any two Philosophy and Theology courses
6
-
Any two Science and Technology courses
6
credit hours:
39
Capstone (To be Taken the Final Term or with Permission from Chair)
credit hours:
3
Concentration (optional)
credit hours:
12
General Electives
credit hours:
18 - 30
total credit hours:
120 - 132

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