Students completing a General Studies program in Liberal Arts & Sciences degree (LAS G S) must complete 49 credit hours. The credit hours are distributed between Liberal Studies (25 hrs.) and an Area of Focus (24 hrs.). No more than 9 credit hours of 100- or 200- level courses can fulfill both the Area of Focus and the Liberal Studies requirements.
The area of focus is comprised of a coherent set of courses that address a common topic within a discipline or across disciplines. Usually the topic will feature at least one departmental or disciplinary term that labels a field of study (e.g., business, social work, neuroscience, communication, etc…).
To graduate with a degree in General Studies in Liberal Arts & Science, students complete:
Breadth and Foundational Courses:
- Bradley Core Curriculum requirements (36 credit hours)
- Free electives (39 credit hours)
- Area of Focus (24 credit hours)
- Area of Focus courses are developed in consultation with an advisor (LAS Associate Dean of Engaged Learning) who must approve the plan of study.
- Courses in the Area of Focus may be entirely within a single discipline or may be across disciplines as long as they address a common topic.
- Departmental chair(s) will be consulted in the discipline(s) that constitute(s) the highest percentage of coursework in the Area of Focus prior to approval.
- At least 9 hours of courses in the Area of Focus must be completed at the 300-level or above (minimum GPA of 2.25)
- Liberal Studies (25 credit hours)
- A minimum of 6 credit hours in Computational, Natural, and/or Social Sciences (Courses offered in these departments: BIO, CHM, CS/CIS, I S, MTH, PHY, PLS, PSY, SOC/CRIM/SW)
- A minimum of 6 credit hours in the Humanities (Courses offered in these departments: ENG, HIS, PHL/RLS, WLC).
- LAS 301 (1-3 credit hours)
- At least 6 hours total at the 300-level (minimum GPA of 2.25)
Students must achieve a minimum grade point average in courses in the program of no less than 2.0 in order to graduate.