General Studies

An online general studies degree from Saint Louis University offers a broad base of knowledge you can use to continue your academic pursuits and professional interests. A degree in general studies gives you an appreciation for diverse perspectives, as well as analytical, communication and decision-making skills that can be applied in multiple industries and positions.

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Major in General Studies

SLU’s Bachelor of Arts in general studies requires 120 credit hours and can be completed entirely online. You can also take classes at our St. Louis campus. Offered at SLU’s School for Professional Studies, this degree is flexible enough to be pursued by working adults.

Courses explore moral and ethical development, leadership and service, communication and technology, diversity and inquiry. You’ll have the option to take 12 credit hours in a chosen concentration, and you’ll complete the program with a capstone course.

Curriculum and Program Details
  • CIS 1150: Concepts and Applications of Technology
  • CIS 2850: Principles of Data Analysis
  • CMMK 1210: Public Speaking in Organizational Life
  • ENGL 2005: Writing and Research Methods
  • ENGL 4005: Business and Professional Writing
  • MATH 1205: College Algebra
  • PHIL 1055: Intro to Philosophy: Self and Reality or PHIL 1105: Intro to Philosophy: Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 2055: Ethics
  • POLS 1105: American Politics
  • PSYK 1010: General Psychology
  • PST 1900: Survey of Economics
  • SOC 1105: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 1205: Introduction to Anthropology
  • THEO 1005: Theological Foundations
  • One natural science course
  • One quantitative reasoning or natural science course
  • One literature course
  • One fine arts course
  • Any one of the following diversity courses:
    • ENGL: 3335 World Literary Traditions III
    • ENGL: 3545 Literature of the African Diaspora
    • ENGL: 3565 Ethnic American Literature
    • HIST: 3825 Medieval Middle East
    • SOC: 1205 Introduction to Anthropology
    • SPR: 3800 Eastern Spirituality
    • SPR: 3840 Women, Religion and Spirituality
    • THEO: 3795 Studies in Non-Christian Religious Traditions

A bachelor's degree in general studies covers the basics of a university education. It also shows employers that you can start something and finish it, have a thirst for knowledge, and can be trained in a variety of tasks.

For many professional careers, a bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite for even applying for a job — a bachelor's degree in general studies fulfills that requirement. And some graduates have used their general studies program degree as a stepping stone to continuing education.

  • Jenny Agnew, Ph.D.
  • Kyle Crews, M.A.
  • Elise B. Aasgaard, Ph. D.
  • Jessica Baker, M.A.
  • Anbreen Bashir, Ph.D.
  • Alden Bass, Ph.D.
  • George K. Billings, S.T.D.
  • Debra Blanquart, M.A.
  • Craig Boyd, Ph.D.
  • Henry Brownlee Jr., Ph.D.
  • Rebecca Carron-Wood, Ph.D.
  • Paul Coutinho, S.J., Ph. D.
  • Scott Crothers, Ph. D.
  • Tom Dieckmann, M.A.
  • Joseph Dreyer, J.D.
  • Paul Dueren, M.S.W.
  • Mark Etling, Ph.D.
  • Tanya Griffin, M.A.
  • Amy Hall, M.A.
  • Robin Hanson, Ph.D.
  • Josh Hutchison, M.A.
  • Hadley Kombrink, M.A.
  • Matt Lary, M.A.
  • Kim Lintker, M.A.
  • Petruta Lipan, M.F.A.,  Ph.D.
  • Laurel Madison, Ph.D.
  • Rodney Malone, M.A.
  • Geoffrey Morrison, Ph.D.,emeritus
  • Robert Munshaw, M.A., M.Div.
  • John Ragsdale, Ph.D.
  • Ellen Rehg, Ph.D.
  • Amy Reidel, M.F.A.
  • Kelli Roberts, M.S.
  • Kyle Schenkewitz, Ph.D.
  • Nicholas Smith, M.A., M.Div.
  • Howard Wang, Ph.D.


Applicant Criteria

Students interested in studying general studies at SLU must apply directly to the School for Professional Studies. Applications are accepted and processed on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply for admission at least one month before the beginning of the term in which they wish to enroll.

To be eligible for admission, School for Professional Studies students must be at least 22 years old (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis). Students must have a high school diploma or a GED composite score of at least 2250, and have at least three years of work experience or the equivalent. Students must also successfully complete an admission meeting with a SPS admissions counselor.

The School for Professional Studies offers a reduced tuition rate of half the cost of SLU’s traditional programs and offers numerous scholarships and awards specifically for new students.

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Complete Your Degree

Finish your bachelor’s degree at SLU. Most of our students in the School for Professional Studies transfer credits from other institutions. We welcome up to 64 transfer credit hours from community colleges and up to 90 transfer credit hours from four-year accredited institutions.

In addition, a balanced associate’s degree may be accepted in lieu of the School for Professional Studies’ core requirements, with the exception of the moral and ethical development courses and ENGL 2005.