2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    
    May 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVE]

General Studies (Online), BS


Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs by Degree

Purpose and Objectives

The General Studies major is available to students transferring in a significant amount of coursework from other accredited and/or approved academic institutions, CIU students that have changed modalities*, as well as to students who choose to participate in a cooperative program with a community, technical or junior college, as well as.

The purpose of the General Studies concentration is to provide students with a professional program in which they may combine study from a variety of academic, professional, or technical fields to fit their individual needs and professional goals. The General Studies program is well-suited for the non-traditional, mature, undergraduate student who needs flexibility in program design.

Some students may transfer to CIU with a variety of courses already completed from another institution. Students coming with concentrations (24 hours or more in a specified area of study) from other approved academic institutions and complement them with coursework taken at CIU. Students with significant coursework at a community, technical or junior college may apply the work toward a bachelor’s degree at CIU with a concentration in a specific area.

Graduation Requirements

  • Minimum 120 semester hours of credit
  • Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA
  • Completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours of CIU coursework
  • Completion of a biblical studies core that includes 18 hours of Bible/theology/ministry courses and at least 12 hours of additional interdisciplinary Bible-related course (students transferring more than 60 hours must complete 12 hours of Bible/theology/ministry courses and 6 hours of interdisciplinary Bible-related courses)
  • Minimum of 30 semester hours of General Education
  • Minimum of 30 semester hours of upper division coursework or a B- or higher in Research Statistics [RES 4010]
  • Completion of the 24 hour General Studies concentration

*added 8/28/23

General Studies Major and Concentration (27)


Completion of Research Statistics [RES 4010] with a grade of B- or better will meet the upper-division hours.

Concentration (24)


Completion of a 24 semester hour concentration in an approved area of study. 

Open Electives (45)


  • Choose 13 courses from any department. 

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs by Degree