General Studies (BIS)

A Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in General Studies provides the flexibility to select courses where you have strong academic interest.

The General Studies curriculum requires only 45 core credits allowing you to select 33 additional credits in your major and 42 free elective credits to satisfy degree requirements. You may select coursework for your major from any of the following areas:

Humanities: Art History, Classical Studies, Communication, Education, English, French, German, History, Peace and Justice, Philosophy, Spanish, Theology, Theatre

Social Sciences: Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Independent General Studies (self-defined academic program)


Optional Social Studies Teaching Certification

Part-Time Studies, in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Education and Counseling, is pleased to present another educational opportunity for Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) students. BIS students who are majoring in General Studies have the option to simultaneously earn their Pennsylvania teaching certification in Social Studies. This can all be accomplished within the framework of the BIS/General Studies degree—the core curriculum, major, elective and teaching certification requirements can all be fulfilled as part of the 120 credits that make up the BIS/General Studies and Teaching Certification curriculum.

Please contact your academic advisor or Part-Time Studies at 610-519-4300 for more information.


NOTE: Pennsylvania Teacher Certification requires that students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at graduation and are also required to successfully complete the state mandated Praxis series of examinations.

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