General Studies

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)

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Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in General Studies Degree Sheet

Professional 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 Professional Studies at 610-519-4300 for more information.

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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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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)

Curriculum

Concentration Areas

Admissions

Complete the online application: Visit the CPS Apply webpage to apply to the degree program. Application requirements include:

  • Application fee: $50. Can be waived by attending select on campus open houses or online information sessions. Visit the CPS Events webpage to see all upcoming events.
  • Transcripts: High school transcripts and official transcripts from all institutions of higher education where applicant completed coursework are required. Official transcripts may be submitted directly by the student rather than mailed by the institution but will only be accepted if received in a sealed envelope which has been signed or stamped by the appropriate official at the issuing institution.  If the student uploads the document into the student application, it will be considered an “unofficial” transcript. Villanova allows students to transfer up to 60 credits from other regionally accredited institutions; course grade is a C or higher; Villanova will evaluate its transferability towards the Villanova degree.

The College of Professional Studies Admissions Committee convenes bimonthly to review applicants. All documents must be received before the Admissions Committee will review an applicant.

 

Official Transcripts should be sent to:

  • Mail – Villanova University, College of Professional Studies, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085
  • Electronic – cps.info@villanova.edu