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General Studies Curriculum

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The BS in General Studies curriculum consists of 180 credits. Within this program, students choose an area of interest which can include minors and certificates as stackable credentials.

View the full General Studies course list in the Drexel Catalog:

Drexel Catalog General Studies.

Sample plan of study

English & Speech
ENGL 101-103 English composition requirement 9
COM 230  Techniques of Speaking 3
MATH 100 Fundamentals of Mathematics 3
MATH 171 Introduction to Analysis A 3
Natural Science Electives

  Select 9.0 credits from the following: ANAT, BIO, CHEM, ENVR, FDSC, NFS, PHEV, PHYS.  Courses from other areas require advisor approval. 9

 PRST 211 Computer Applications for Professionals 3
Degree Completion Programs Requirement

  Strategies for Lifelong Learning 3
  Senior Project in General Studies 3
Liberal Studies
  Select 36.0 credits from a range of humanities/social sciences subjects such as: anthropology, psychology, sociology, history, political science, philosophy, religion, literature, and fine arts (history or appreciated, not applied). Courses from other areas require advisor approval. 36
Free Electives

  A free elective is any course the University offers that you are qualified to take and can help round out your academic and professional expertise.
Specialization Devise Area of Study/Incorporate a Minor
  The specialization is a set of courses built around a cohesive area of study in subjects such as business, client development & customer service, communication, psychology and much more. An academic advisor must pre-approve the specialization, which will not appear on the studentʼs transcript. 45
  Total 180

Other General Studies Credit Requirements

Writing Intensive Course Requirement

Students must pass Writing Intensive courses as a requirement for earning a General Studies degree.

Upper-Level Course Requirement

Students must pass 36 credits minimum of upper-level courses (typically 300 level or higher) as a requirement for earning a General Studies degree. 

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Hear from our alumni 

I started out in the General Studies program and began taking the core classes that I needed (science, math, etc.) I wanted to focus in on more business classes because one day I hope to open my own business. I began to take three classes a term, learning as much as I could and truly enjoying my education. I graduated in June 2014 and was offered a new job by the end of July 2014 thanks to the skills, knowledge and confidence I gained in the General Studies program.”
— Alison Geigert, BS General Studies ’14, Drexel University.