General Studies

A general studies degree allows students to sample a wide variety of classes. Majoring in general studies means that any class can fit in the curriculum, and they’re particularly useful when a student is unsure of what career path they want to take. General studies majors are available at the associate and baccalaureate levels.

Associate Level

Especially when beginning college, it can be difficult to choose a major. Many students will opt to earn an Associate’s in General Studies so that they can feel out multiple areas of study. Many students use this 2-year program as a stepping stone to their baccalaureate, once they’ve decided upon a more specific career path.

Baccalaureate

With many careers requiring a bachelor’s degree, earning a Bachelor’s in General Studies is a way to acquire the critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills needed without limiting any options. Earning a baccalaureate in general studies can also be ideal for students that are returning to school after taking a break, especially if the career goal has changed. This way, those credits from the first stint at school will still count towards the degree, but students can focus on their new passion.

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Colleges

“…The University of Chicago is known more for its academic rigor and all-encompassing intellectualism than its campus life or party scene. This is far from true, however! If you're looking for hard-hitting academics, a picture-perfect campus, top-notch...” – Chris from Houston, TX

“…Between the Common Core and the city of New York, it is difficult to conceive of an education more intellectually stimulating than that which Columbia provides. The Core allows students to engage with the great thinkers of the past, while New York...” – Nathan from Cincinnati, OH

“…Cornell University is an unparalleled college, filled with opportunities. Currently, I am in the Arts and Sciences College and though I wish to aspire to be a doctor, I am given the chance to study Latin and Ancient Civilization as a minor and to...” – Lisa from Commack, NY

“…A 360 degree experience. You get rigorous academics, competitive sports powerhouse, and lively social scene. A place to grow and explore.” – Kelly from New Hudson, MI

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“…This school is inclusive, and has a great sense of community. I love visiting my friends here. The education is amazing.” – Peyton from Ellensburg, WA

“…Northwestern is a great school, blending first class academics and Big 10 sports in a way that typically isn't seen among comparable universities. Students are bright and are typically highly motivated, passionate, and active in leadership roles....” – Kayla from Camdenton, MO

“…There is no other place I would have chosen to pursue my higher education. Ohio State offers rigorous academics as well as plenty of organizations for students to participate in! In short, Ohio State offers everything you could ever want.” – Cherieanne from Chattanooga, TN

“…Great friendly campus in the middle of cornfield, USA. Classes are theoretical and challenging in the engineering dept. However, it's easy to take a variety of other classes (art, history, dance, etc), regardless of your major.” – Alleycats from Urbana, IL

“…The University of Miami is a prestigious school with a lot to offer. The school is diverse and gives a small university feel in a big town environment. The University of Miami is a great place to go to school because it provides a good degree, has...” – Maureen from Webster City, IA

“…Clemson University is a community that strives to promote equality among it's students, promote environmental sustainability through numerous on-campus programs, and provide a rigorous education for preparation for their career field. Clemson also...” – Matthew from Mount Pleasant, SC

“…The University of Notre Dame is a privately funded, Catholic, liberal arts university. It is most well-known for athletics, especially football, ethics and social justice studies, and the Mendoza School of Business. Notre Dame also boasts a beautiful...” – Marcus from WI

“…It is a beautiful campus and will make you proud to be a bull. There is always stuff going on around campus and a lot of fun ways to get involved. Academics are taken seriously and managable with work. ” – Brenna from St. Petersburg, FL

“…Great school for adventurous students. If you want to start a career, this is your first step. You get to enjoy the city while getting a great education.” – Katie Rose from Northampton, PA

“…texas state is a picturesque school full of life, diverse, with a river that runs through it, and also full of people that are willing to help you on anything from personal problems, to math homework. ” – Genesis from Houston, TX

“…The campus is beautiful and not too spread out. All of my classes have been wonderful thus far, and really are shaped to my interests. There are so many study enhancements in this community to make sure that students do succeed. ” – Taelor from Columbia, SC

“…lsu is culturally and socially diverse, making it an exceedingly welcoming place. classes are varied and pander to the interests of many different types of students. every event is culturally rich and provides a fantastic experience.” – Nicholas from Cypress, TX

“…Colorado State University has given me the best college experience I could dream of. There are opportunities for anything you could imagine - and these opportunities are everywhere! Everyone is friendly, and all anyone wants is for each and every...” – Bailey

“…Liberty is the most exciting university in the world. I love being able to have professors who care about not only my educational career, but my spiritual life. There are more opportunities than can be counted offered to me here.” – Carrie from Ruckersville, VA

“…1. George Mason has a compact campus, but plenty of people. 2. There are a ton of fun unique activities to try out. 3. GMU is definitely diverse!” – Anon.

“…If I were to describe DePaul in three sentences i'd have to say, it's very unique, as in location, religion, as well as culturally. There are so many different kinds of people here, ones you wouldn't expect to have similar interests, and ones that...” – Gina from Edina, MN

“…The George Washington University is full of internship and job opportunities. Studying at the center of politics, many students share valuable connections and memorable experiences. With embassies, museums, monuments, students can always find...” – Washington, DC

“…Pace University is a great school that has afforded me so many fantastic opportunities I would not have received had I gone elsewhere. Pace has the most fantastic location in the heart of downtown Manhattan, making it ideal for anyone who wants to...” – Sarah in Brooklyn, NY

“…utsa has a diverse student population, a wide range of student services (including an excellent gym facility, complete with cooking courses, personal trainers, and rock-climbing wall), and a rapidly growing academic program with professors from all...” – Catherine from Helotes, TX

“…Drexel is an incredible school because of its focus on experiential learning. Students here have a huge advantage over their peers if they take advantage of the co-ops. Some can graduate with up to a year and a half of major-related job experience.” – Xavier from Littlestown, PA

“…west virginia university offers an amazing experience that is second to none. not only are there very competitive programs on campus, but the mountaineers have become a staple in the world of college athletics. excitement looms in the classroom and...” – Jonathon from Morgantown, WV

“…University of Delaware is amazing, it instantly became home to me. Residence living is fun and offers a lot, professors are approachable and easy to understand, and the campus is a perfect size. I love the look of the campus also, the long greens and...” – Tara from Mount Laurel, NJ

“…I don't know what I love more, this school or this city! You get to experience New Orleans, but live in the nicer area! I really feel as though I am receiving a first-rate education!” – Alyssa from Clermont, FL

“…UNLV is a multicultural community. The staff members provides help to students who need or seek them. Also, it creates a welcoming invitation to newcomers. ” – Kim

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

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“…Hofstra is a great college, with an at home feel that will increase your chance of success. The campus is clean, the professors helpful, and the food is good! There is no other college I would have rather attended.” – Lorie from Minnesota

“…Carnegie Mellon University is a strong university for anyone interested in modern technology and the changing world. The people here are enterprising and ambitious, and you will be sure to find yourself in inspiring companionship. For someone who...” – Sanjana from San Jose, CA

“…diverse student population, lots of nontraditional students and commuters. lots of options for food on campus. great teachers and class sizes.” – Mia from Dallas, TX

“…sam houston state university has an amazing environment. the teacher-student ratio is perfect. the atmosphere is perfect for anyone who doesn't want to get lost in the crowd.” – Felicia from Cedar Park, TX

“…It was my privilege to be accepted by the Nova Southeastern University pre-law program, but Nova has a degree program for almost everyone. Its science programs, especially in the area of oceanography, are second to none. My objective is to attend the...” – Eugene from Coral Springs, FL

“…Illinois State University (ISU) is a great way to get a great education and experience different things. You have adults and students that want to get involve with your career and future. It is a fantastic place to meet lots of unique and different...” – Amber from Chicago, IL

“…Everyone here is very accommodating. Resources are easy to come by. The available courses are diverse and interesting.” – TF from Norwich, CT

“…the university of missouri is fantastic. i wanted to go to a college that was outside of missouri, perhaps on a coast, but because of financial problems i was not able to do that. however, i consider having gone to university of missouri as one of...” – Martin

“…East Carolina is one of the best universities in North Carolina! It's a hidden gem! It has so much to offer! You will never be bored here and you will find the classes challenging and rewarding!” – Kristyn from Holly Springs, NC

“…SUNY Buffalo , also known as UB , is New York's flagship university. It is highly ranked , in both academics and athletics. 10/10 , would pick buffalo again.” – Mike from New York, NY

“…The University of Illinois at Chicago is a very populated university, mainly consisting of commuters from Chicago and it's surrounding cities and suburbs. Resources here are plentiful and there is always something for everyone. All in all, college is...” – Student from Chicago, IL

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“…Attending Mercer University is one of the best decisions you can ever make. The environment is nice, friendly and there are many fun things to do around campus. The price is really expensive but it is not unexpected considering it is a private...” – Mercer Student

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“…I am a current freshman at Villanova University and I love it here because there is an excellent source of community within the student body and the faculty. Everyone is willing to go the extra mile to help out a fellow wildcat. The campus is full of...” – Erik from Hillsborough, NJ

“…The College of Charleston is well-rounded, beautiful school that rests elegantly on the Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by delicious food, intelligent professors, and interesting people; there is no better place to attend school. Any student enrolled at...” – Robert from Hickory, NC

“…What you get out of Marquette is really all about what you want. It has something for everyone, all it takes is finding your place (which is what college is all about, am I right?). Whatever your interest is, be it performing arts, sports, academics,...” – McKenna from Fargo, ND

“…Wake Forest is a very prestigious school. It is a very strong school academically, and makes you think outside of the box. On a scale from 1 to 10 I rate my experience here at Wake Forest as a 7.” – Eldridge from Portsmouth, VA

“…overall, elon university is a great school in which you will obtain all the resources you need to succeed. from the impeccable environment, rigorous classes, clubs/organizations and people on campus, elon always exemplifies excellence and the belief...” – Brian from Burlington, NC

“…in just one semester, texas tech has helped me become the person i've always wanted to be. i've learned so much in such a short amount of time, and i can't wait to spend the next three years here. i can honestly say i've had the time of my life...” – Elizabeth from San Antonio, TX

“…Hampton University definitely goes by it's motto which is the Standard of Excellence. This University holds a plethora of opportunities. Any individual can succeed here.” – Naomi from Jamaica

“…Kent State University is way too often grossly stereotyped and given the reputation of having low standards. I have found my programs and the staff that I have worked with to be highly qualified. The atmosphere and diversity of the campus truly...” – Robert from Strongsville, OH

“…loyola has a gorgeous campus,, and is in a quiet, diverse area of a great city. being a relatively expensive, private institution, however, means that the make-up of the university is not nearly as diverse. the small size and great reputation will...” – Jason from Chicago, IL

“…Due to the wide range of educational opportunities--whether those are research-based, scientific, liberal, political or extra curricular--The University of Massachusetts Amherst ensures that there's a niche designated for every type of student. With...” – Ashley from West Yarmouth, MA

“…I love the university of Hartford. Their teachers are amazing and make sure you understand everything. I would recommend this school to any high school senior!” – Jaimee from Kingston, MA

“…Case Western is a school that is very focused on academics and research. It is quite academically rigorous, but also very rewarding. Using "Think Beyond the Possible," as their motto, Case Western drives their students to achieve their goals, even...” – Elanda from Fairview Park, OH

“…Oklahoma State University is an amazing school! I am gaining the knowledge I need to be successful in the world in an environment that is challenging, interactive, fun, and full of experiences! Everyone is helpful and I feel like they want to...” – Jarrod from Stillwater, OK

“…One of the most challenging and rewarding colleges in America. The competition is tough, but being surrounded by the best minds in the country will only increase your skill. It provides more opportunities than you could only imagine of having at...” – Sarah from USAFA, CO

“…the university of new haven has a wide variety of ways for my to excel as a student. they also ask in classes to venture off campus to learn by doing. this university has very helpful teachers as well that are very helpful and understanding.” – Kelsey from Milton, VT

“…Columbia College Chicago was more than just a great experience for me. I can't even explain how diverse the people are there as far as talent and culture . They really give you a lot of space to embrace who you are and they support you in any way...” – Courtney from Saint Louis, MO

“…Outstanding educational experience. Course offered are a length, and offered at times that are most advantageous to the working/professional student. Counselors and teacher offer advice and mentorship that make this school worth attending.” – Tariq from Semmes, AL

Monmouth University
West Long Branch, NJ

“…Monmouth U. has actually been the only college I wanted to attend since sophomore year in high school. It has been everything I had hoped and more. It is very well known as a top Business college, and I am and Business/Economics major. My department...” – Eric from Manalapan, NJ

“…it has a beautiful ivy league feel, with all of the brick. our business program is nationally know. we have an amazing greek system.” – April from Moscow, ID

“…Tennessee State University is a campus that is filled with opportunity and chances to change your life. The atmosphere is a family oriented, and a welcoming vibe for new students. The staff care about you as if you were their own.” – Kiara from Ellenwood, GA

“…georgia southern is a wonderful school for students that want to have a home away from home. although the course work is tough at times, the professors and staff work extremely hard to make sure students are on track and have plenty of assistance....” – Jessica from Suwanee, GA

“…the university of memphis has a surprisingly diverse faculty and student body for a southern school. there are loads of student help and services available here as well. it's best feature by far is frosh camp, a camp for incoming freshmen to learn...” – Rachel from Memphis, TN

“…The University of Redlands has a beautiful campus, a medium-sized tight-knit community of students and faculty, and is both great in Academics and Arts. All of the classes are within walking distance from any of the dorms. The food, however, is...” – Aaron from Hemet, CA

“…not to big but not to small. classes are easy to find. students are very friendly and nice. the atmosphere is very prone to learning.” – Rudy from Lyndhurst, OH

“…The campus is stunning. The dorms are hidden, kind of, which is really cool.” – Jessica from Thomasville, GA

“…This is a great school to attend and still be close to my home and family. The professors really work well with students as a whole or individually if needed. The advisers make time to sit and assist you with any questions or concerns you may have...” – Kelsey from Mullins, SC

“…The university is very clean and a small campus. Not very diverse, predominantly white. There isn't a whole lot going on, but you find things to do.” – Sara from Farmington Hills, MI

“…Logan is an awesome colleg town. USU is a wonderful school with tons of oppurtunities. As they say, once an Aggie always an Aggie and that is something to be proud of!” – LeAnne from Cedar Hills, UT

“…A very good school, close to plenty of nice places to go. If you ever need to find food or anything for your dorm room, you can easily find plenty of stores that can accommodate you. If you ever need to get anywhere in Florida and don't have a car,...” – Michael from Pembroke Pines, FL

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“…ud is the perfect school for a home away from home! academically, they have tons of programs and more classes than you can imagine with amazing professors. student life is so fun every night whether staying in with your floor mates, going out to the...” – Morgan from Cincinnati, OH

“…A-state is a school that is definitely preparing its students for the real world in a positive way. It has a lot of different healthy food options, a campus store, and is very sports-oriented. The professors are extremely helpful and constantly...” – Gina from Malvern, AR

“…TCU is a small-medium size school that is gaining national recognition in academics and sports. The community is very supportive and school-spirited. The students and professors are all passionate about their particular area of study and just...” – Becca from California

“…montana state provides great hands-on research opportunity for all of it's students. it also has a very warm and friendly community that surrounds the college and that is also very involved with the school. msu has been a very wonderful experience...” – Amara from Bozeman, MT

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“…Excellent opportunities here with an amazing sense of community. I was able to obtain two Business degrees in 4 years while working because the school really does care about it's students and caters to you. I was extremely well prepared for the...” – Brittney from Port Washington, NY

“…The University of Mississippi is a fantastic college that offers a wide variety of clubs, classes, and activities. It is a very social campus with lots of Greeks, parties and things to do. It is a HUGE football school and great at tailgating. ” – Jennifer from Huntington Beach, CA

“…Everyone on campus is there to help you succeed and feel at home. The atmosphere is comforting and energetic. The courses all intersect at some point and this allows students to make connections and learn as much as possible through the courses.” – Melissa from Salem, OR

“…The University of New Mexico is an outstanding school. Not only are you surrounded by a Southwest atmosphere, but you also are being instructed by some of the best professors in the nation. Go Lobos!” – Kyran from Phoenix, AZ

“…uta is perfect. it isn't to big or to small; it is growing and will soon be a pier 1 school. the academics are held on very high standards; 10 out of 10.” – Hilary from Garland, TX

“…slu is a beautiful campus in the heart of mid-town st. louis, mo. slu offers a wide variety of courses to chose from. the staff are all very accessible and want to see you succeed. ” – Amy from Granite City, IL

“…the university of saint thomas is a ten out of ten. the small class sizes are great for learning. the campus is beautiful and in a neighborhood setting.” – Whittney from Stillwater, MN

“…Illinois Tech is a vibrant institute with the largest diverse student population I have ever seen!. Education First! Fun last!” – Amadou from Lynnwood, WA

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“…plenty of interest clubs available. cultural community with friendly people. great staff who are always willing to help.” – Morgan from Rock Hill, SC

“…Swarthmore is a great place to pursue your academic passions and push yourself to realize your full potential. It's not for everyone; the academics can be pretty intense, depending on your major and if you choose to enter the Honors Program, and the...” – Sarah from Wynnewood, PA

“…After attending Boise State University for one year, i feel fully prepared for whats next in life. The school truly cares for you, and your goals. School spirit is out of this world leaving your college experience unforgettable!” – Breanne from Stockton, CA

“…The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a nationally recognized university that has everything a student could wish for. It is top-tier in academics, hosts an enormous amount of campus activities, has a thriving Greek life, and prepares...” – Agam from Hoover, AL

“…lamar university has small classrooms so professors can pay attention to all student needs. all faculty and staff are willing to help students accomplish their goals both inside and outside the classroom. lamar university has several hangout...” – Cynthia from Beaumont, TX

“…The school is nice, but i do wish that they would hire more native english speaking professors. I enjoy the campus because it is extremely beautiful. I do not enjoy being a music major because i have no time to take classes that i want to take...” – Josh from White House, TN

“…This is an affordable university with a great atmosphere. I would suggest Texas A&M-Commerce to anyone looking for an affordable, well-rounded college. The professors and staff are very friendly and love to work with the students.” – TAMUC Student

“…Tarleton State University is a well rounded 4 year university. It offers an experience that most other Colleges cannot. tarletons most unique feature is the fact that it is in the middle of a small cowboy run town.” – dustin from Stephenville, TX

“…Barry is a SMALL private school that attends to those who are serious about their future careers. It has everything a person needs to be a successful and happy student. The campus is really nice and it is a comfortable place to be.” – Elle, NY

“…Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University is a beautiful, activity filled campus filled with a warm atmosphere and many different types of people. Even though the campus is a historically African American university, many ethnic groups attend...” – Kourtney from Huber Heights, OH