General Studies

General Studies

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

You may select coursework for your major from any of the following areas:

  • Humanities: 
    • For example: Art History, Classical Studies, Communication, Education, English, French, German, History, Peace and Justice, Philosophy, Spanish, Theology, Theatre
  • Social Sciences: 
    • For example, Economics, Geography, Leadership, Organizational Development and Management, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology


BIS Core = 45 Credits, 15 Courses

Students must complete 45 credits/15 courses in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) Core Curriculum

Major = 33 Credits, 11 Courses

The General Studies major requires 33 credits/11 courses of advanced courses from among the following areas:


  • Art History
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication
  • Education
  • English
  • German
  • History
  • Peace & Justice
  • Philosophy
  • Theology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre

Social Sciences

  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology

Electives = 42 Credits, 14 Courses

Students must take 14 elective courses (for a total of 42 credits) from any subject.


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Villanova allows students to transfer up to 60 credits from other regionally accredited institutions.  


Contact Information

Villanova University
College of Professional Studies
800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Vasey Hall, Room 104
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610-519-4300
Fax:     610-519-7910

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