General Studies, B.A.

Learn ways of thinking and practical skills that align with the competencies employers demand in the 21st century with the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies offered through Saint Louis University's School for Professional Studies.

As part of this interdisciplinary program, you'll explore the value of innovative reflection, inquiry and analysis, quantitative and financial literacy, leadership, ethical reasoning and civic engagement. You will also select a minor, certificate or liberal arts focus as part of your degree path. This additional feature allows you to deepen your expertise in one specialized area while also enhancing your broad-based interpersonal and leadership skills. The B.A. in general studies culminates in an integrative capstone course.

Curriculum Overview

As part of the School for Professional Studies, this 120-credit degree program offers future and current leaders like you a flexible option to meet your personal career goals. With six accelerated, eight-week terms each year offered by SLU online, you can begin working toward your degree at any time, making advanced education more accessible for working professionals.

Careers

SLU's bachelor’s degree in general studies equips students with versatile skills that are highly marketable in a rapidly changing work environment. The degree empowers students to thrive in a diverse range of industries from financial services to health care to universities. The broad disciplinary training also gives students the opportunity to pursue graduate work in several different fields of study. 

For many professional careers, a bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite for even applying for a job or earning a promotion. The Bachelor of Arts in General Studies can help students fulfill that basic requirement. It demonstrates that students have the perseverance, thirst for knowledge and work ethic to complete a degree in several areas of academic inquiry.

Admission Requirements

The School for Professional Studies welcomes adult learners whose educational journey has been interrupted by life's circumstances. This includes individuals with at least one of the following characteristics:

  • Delayed enrollment in post-secondary education
  • Attends part-time for at least part of the academic year
  • Works full-time (35 hours or more/week) while enrolled
  • Financial independence, has dependents other than a spouse, is a single parent, or has other demands that make traditional education less feasible

Application Requirements 

  • Work Experience: At least three years or the equivalent. Work experience may include a full-time/part-time job, internship, volunteer work, or comparable experiences.
  • Education: High school diploma or composite GED score of at least 2250.
  • Coaching session: Successful completion of a meeting with an academic coach (this can be done virtually or on campus).
  • Grade Point Average: Minimum transfer cumulative GPA of 2.5 (unless qualified for conditional admittance).
  • Transcript: An official transcript from the most recent institution attended.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:

  • Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, service, leadership and financial need. The School for Professional Studies offers numerous scholarships and awards specially for new students.
  • Financial Aid: Financial aid is provided in the form of grants and loans, some of which require repayment.

To determine eligibility for financial assistance, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early for maximum consideration. FAFSA is available online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.

For information on other scholarships and financial aid, visit the student financial services office online at http://finaid.slu.edu.

Active Military and Veterans and First Responders

Honorably discharged veterans, active-duty military members, reserve members and first responders qualify for a reduced tuition rate of $295 per credit hour for any undergraduate program offered through the School for Professional Studies.

1. Graduates will be able to identify the political and non-political processes that make a difference in the civic life of our communities.

2. Graduates will be able to analyze ideas, data and events to reach informed conclusions.

3. Graduates will be able to explain how ethical perspectives apply in various social contexts.

4. Graduates will be able to write in different styles, genres and modalities.

5. Graduates will be able to integrate ideas and experiences across disciplines

Core Requirements39
Major Requirements39
Cultivating Intellectual Virtues for Lifelong Learning
How to Think Critically
Then and Now: Thinking Historically
Creative Thinking: Cultivating an Imaginative Mind
Interpreting Texts
Writing in a Digital Age
Engaging Difference in a Pluralistic World
Working for the Common Good
Fundamentals of Project Management
Data-Driven Decision Making
Foundations of Effective Leadership
Financial Concepts
Organizational Behavior and Team Effectiveness
Capstone3
General Studies Capstone
Student Selects a Minor, Certificate, or Liberal Arts Focus18-24
General Electives15-21
Total Credits120

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA.

SPS Core Curriculum Requirements

Communication and Technology 9
Igniting Success: Jesuit Education and the Adult Learner
Public Speaking in Org. Life
Business and Professional Writing
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 6
Discrete Methods and Models
Principles of Data Analysis
Intro to Phil: Self & Reality
Ethics, Values & Spirituality 9
Theological Foundations
Ethics
THEO/SPR
One additional THEO or SPR course
Engaging the Human Experience 15
Ethics of Writing
Engaging the Human Experience
One Humanities course
Special Topics
Twentieth Century Art
Intro to Literary Study
Introduction to Short Fiction
American Literary Traditions: Special Topics
Origins of the Modern World to 1500
Origins of the Modern World, 1500 to Present
U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction: 1850-1877
The Saint Louis Region
Intro to Phil: Self & Reality
Science and Religion
Spirituality: Work & Vocation
Spirituality, Peace & Justice
American Christianity
One Natural Science course
Introduction to Ecology and Evolution
Biology of Health and Disease
One Social Science course
Introduction to American Politics
General Psychology
Survey of Economics
Introduction to Sociology
One Diversity course
Workplace Ethics
Professional Communication Between Cultures
Applied Personality
Introduction to Sociology
Total Credits39

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Fall 1  
PST 1500 Igniting Success: Jesuit Education and the Adult Learner 3
THEO 1005 Theological Foundations 3
Fall 2  
CIS 2850 Principles of Data Analysis 3
HUM 2000 Ethics of Writing 3
 Credits12
Spring
Spring 1  
CMMK 1210 Public Speaking in Org. Life 3
ARTH 1005 Approaching the Arts 3
Spring 2  
BIOL 1385 Introduction to Ecology and Evolution 3
PHIL 1055 Intro to Phil: Self & Reality 3
 Credits12
Summer
ENGL 4005 Business and Professional Writing 3
General Elective 3
 Credits6
Year Two
Fall
Fall 1  
PST 1900 Survey of Economics 3
PHIL 2055 Ethics 3
Fall 2  
SPR 3610 Spirituality: Work & Vocation 3
HIST 3635 The Saint Louis Region 3
 Credits12
Spring
Spring 1  
HUM 2100 Cultivating Intellectual Virtues for Lifelong Learning 3
General Elective 3
Spring 2  
HUM 2150 How to Think Critically 3
ORLD 1000 Foundations of Effective Leadership 3
 Credits12
Summer
General Electives 3
Minor 3
 Credits6
Year Three
Fall
Fall 1  
HUM 3300 Then and Now: Thinking Historically 3
PMGT 1010 Fundamentals of Project Management 3
Fall 2  
HUM 3400 Creative Thinking: Cultivating an Imaginative Mind 3
ORLD 2500 Financial Concepts 3
 Credits12
Spring
Spring 1  
HUM 3450 Interpreting Texts 3
CIS 2300 Data-Driven Decision Making 3
Spring 2  
HUM 3500 Writing in a Digital Age 3
Minor 3
 Credits12
Summer
General Elective 3
Minor 3
 Credits6
Year Four
Fall
Fall 1  
HUM 4100 Engaging Difference in a Pluralistic World 3
Minor 3
Fall 2  
ORLD 3300 Organizational Behavior and Team Effectiveness 3
Minor 3
 Credits12
Spring
Spring 1  
HUM 4200 Working for the Common Good 3
Minor 3
Spring 2  
HUM 4960 General Studies Capstone 3
General Electives 3
 Credits12
Summer
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits120

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please call 314-526-2825 or email sps@slu.edu.

2+SLU programs are formal  transfer agreements for students seeking an associate degree at a partner institution.