General Studies (B.S.)


The University offers an online bachelor's degree in general studies. This program is designed for individuals who have already earned 75 or more college credits and now wish to further their education.

  • The online General Studies Degree Program provides a flexible, convenient, and individualized approach to education. Each student works with an advisor to create a program of study tailored to support the student's career goals. Graduates possess the critical thinking, leadership, and interpersonal and communication skills valued by employers.
  • Students benefit from classes developed and taught by ISU faculty who have a diversity of specialties.
  • The program is designed for transfer students (see admission requirements).
  • All courses are offered online. On-campus visits are not required.
  • The online General Studies Degree Program is open to eligible students in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories). The program also is open to students in Canada (all provinces). The program is closed to students residing in countries other than the U.S. and Canada except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

The General Studies Program is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, and is offered in cooperation with the colleges of the University.

Required Courses


The General Studies Program is designed to meet the needs of students with different backgrounds and career goals. Each student works closely with an academic advisor to develop a plan that best meets the student's current and future goals. Career options vary depending on the minor and coursework selected. However, all graduates of the program possess the critical thinking, leadership, and interpersonal and communication skills valued by employers, including the ability to:

  • Apply relevant theories and recognized bodies of knowledge to analyze and solve problems in real-world situations;
  • Integrate various disciplines studied to develop an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • Access information using technology such as the Internet, on-line libraries, and databases, and integrate information technology to assist in personal and career decision-making;
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication strategies; and
  • Work collaboratively in diverse groups.

In addition, the General Studies Program provides a foundation for graduate study.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

Further Information

For further information and assistance, contact:

Indiana State Online
(812) 237-2345


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.