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General Studies FAQ

Earn Your Degree from Home

Without this program, the faculty or academic advisors, I don't think I would have pursued my ambitions to further my education after my separation from the Armed Forces.”
— Thomas S. Pugh, BS General Studies ’04, Drexel University.

Drexel University’s Bachelor of Science in General Studies allows you to complete your bachelor’s, in less time and for less money, around your schedule and unique life experiences. Our generous transfer credit process helps you make the most of your hard work—academic, professional and military—so you can earn the degree you always wanted.

The BS in General Studies provides you with a well-rounded academic background to help you get ahead in competitive job markets. With stackable credentials like minors and certificates, you can personalize your degree around your professional ambition and interests. Learn more from our FAQ:

General Studies Questions

What is General Studies?

General Studies is an academic field that provides students with a breadth of knowledge across disciplines and depth into specific areas of personal interest. Having a range of interests and a desire to explore emerging areas of expertise can help students preserve multiple career options. Explore what is General Studies here at Drexel. 

What are the admission requirements into the General Studies degree program?

Although each student’s application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, Drexel University Admissions does require students to have 24 previous college credits, and a minimum 2.5 college GPA.

Will all of my credits transfer into the General Studies program?

Credit transfers are done on a course-by-course basis, and can vary from program to program. Only grades of “C” or above will be considered for transfer (a “C-” is not transferable). The General Studies program is, however, a transfer-friendly program, allowing for a sizeable number of credits to be brought in as electives.

When should I apply to the BS in General Studies program?

The BS in General Studies enrolls new students during each quarter of the Drexel School year. The latest application deadlines can be found under the Transfer Deadlines & Critical Dates section of the Drexel Application Deadlines page.

How will I know which General Studies courses I will need to register?

All General Studies students are assigned an academic advisor. All new students must register through their advisor for their first term. Additionally, all students are provided with a curriculum guide so that they may track their academic progress through to graduation.

What if I have not attended school for a number of years? What services are provided to new students?

All students are assigned an academic advisor to help them navigate through their academic career. Also, all General Studies students are required to take CAT 200 Strategies for Lifelong Learning, a course that aids new and returning students with re-adjusting to the demands of college.

Do I have to attend full-time?

You can enroll in the BS in General Studies as a full- or part-time student. The majority of students in Drexel's BS in General Studies program complete their studies on a part-time basis to balance career, family care and personal needs.

How rigorous is the BS in General Studies?

The BS in General Studies helps students prepare for a variety of future endeavors, be it professional or academic. The program requires a high level of self-direction, supported by the guidance of an academic advisor. All students are required to incorporate upper-level courses and writing-intensive courses into their curriculum, as per University guidelines.

How long will it take me to finish my General Studies degree?

This answer varies from student to student. It depends on both the number of credits a student transfers into the program, and the number of courses a student takes per term. However, the flexibility of General Studies typically allows students to complete the degree in less time and for less money than other degree programs.

In which delivery formats is the BS in General Studies program available?

Students can earn their degree taking courses on campus or as part of our online program.

What careers can I pursue with a degree in General Studies?

The ability to include minors as “stackable credentials” within the General Studies major can be of great value to working adults who are seeking advancement or a change in their employment. Adult learners looking to improve their earning potential often find that a degree makes them eligible for higher-level positions within their organizations or others. Explore our Jobs & Careers page for more on the kinds of professional paths our alumni have taken.

Is there someone I may speak with about the BS in General Studies?

Our advisors are available via phone, in-person meeting or e-mail to speak with you directly about your interest in the BS in general Studies. You can contact us at 215.895.2162 or