Information for Students

Your Goals

Students enter the General Studies Degree program at various points in their personal, academic, and work lives. Similarly, they have a wide range of reasons for needing the degree.

Where are you on your educational path?

  • I need a bachelor's degree to qualify for professional certification.
  • I need a credential to get a job or advance in my career.
  • I plan to go to graduate or professional school at some point down the road.
  • I want the sense of achievement and personal satisfaction that comes with earning a degree.

Your Pathway

If you're thinking about earning your bachelor's degree, consider the IU South Bend General Studies Degree program.

  • Transfer up to 60 college credits from most community college associate degree programs. A completed associate degree is a strong indicator of future success in completing a general studies degree.
  • Transfer credits, or take additional courses, from an accredited four-year institution.
  • Supplement credits you earn from your course work with credits for exams and military or life experience.
  • Take courses online to supplement your campus experience.
  • Pursue a minor or concentrate in a field that best suits your needs and interests.
  • Be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more.

Your Success

However you define success, the General Studies Degree Program can help.

  • Become knowledgeable in arts and humanities, science and mathematics, and social and behavioral sciences. General studies is a multidisciplinary degree, making you competitive in many job markets.
  • Prepare for post-baccalaureate study. More than 40 percent of those completing the B.G.S. go on for advanced degrees. Fields include law, theology, library or museum management, adult education, teaching, health and life sciences, social work, business, computer science, and more. More than 80 percent of B.G.S. alumni who go to graduate or professional school complete their degree.