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General Studies (BA)

The BA degree program in general studies offers students a flexible, innovative path to degree completion. Graduates of the program are informed and effective members of society who are well-prepared for a changing global marketplace with its diverse cultures.

The theme of this degree is society and the individual. Students explore the tensions between individualism and collectivism, the public and private selves and the interplay of culture and identity.

Degree Offered

General Studies (BA)
Integrative Sciences and Arts, College of

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Application Requirements

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Career Outlook

Students who have majored in general studies have the option of working in almost any field that requires effective interaction with others, from sales to social services and organizational management to government administration. Graduates are equipped with transferable skills highly desired by many employers; therefore, a wide array of job choices are available. The bachelor's degree creates great flexibility in career choice because of the versatility within the program.

Graduates may choose to enter one of the occupations for which their cluster prepares them, including:

  • administrative services manager
  • curator
  • medical and health service
  • middle school teacher
  • postsecondary teacher
  • property, real estate and community association managers
  • public relations specialist
  • purchasing manager
  • real estate sales agent
  • sales manager
  • writer and author

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Insurance Policy Processing Clerks6.2%$36,740
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary10.8%$64,300
Management Analysts 13.6%$80,880
Business Teachers, Postsecondary8.8%$74,090
Chief Executives-1.2%$173,320
Health Educators12.2%$50,430
Education Administrators, Postsecondary8.7%$88,390
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other9.3%$62,330
Community Health Workers 14.9%$34,870
Compliance Managers 3.9%$105,060
Construction Managers 4.8%$85,630
Copy Writers2.3%$58,850
Cost Estimators8.8%$60,050
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary10.4%$60,160
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators3.1%$43,890
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators 4%$77,020
Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers2.3%$58,850
Cargo and Freight Agents7%$41,380
Freight Forwarders 7%$41,380
General and Operations Managers 7.1%$97,270
Insurance Claims Clerks6.2%$36,740
Investment Fund Managers 3.9%$105,060
Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary8%$66,580
Industrial Production Managers -3.7%$92,470
Administrative Services Managers8.2%$83,790
Distance Learning Coordinators 4%$77,020
Artists and Related Workers, All Other0.4%$58,250
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program6.6%$45,260
Procurement Clerks-8.3%$39,930
Regulatory Affairs Managers 3.9%$105,060
Sales Managers 5.1%$110,660
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School5.8%$89,540
Security Managers 3.9%$105,060
Social and Community Service Managers9.5%$62,740
Loss Prevention Managers 3.9%$105,060
Supply Chain Managers 3.9%$105,060
Technical Writers10.2%$69,030
Transportation Managers 2.2%$85,400
Storage and Distribution Managers 2.2%$85,400
Wind Energy Operations Managers 3.9%$105,060
Wind Energy Project Managers 3.9%$105,060

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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