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B.S. in General Studies

“With the help of caring faculty and conveniently delivered curriculum, your chances for success have never been greater.”

- Dr. Frank Ponce

 

Overview

Are you looking for a program that fits your unique needs? The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in General Studies is a customizable degree that provides you the freedom to create your own path of study based on career goals, unique passions, and life calling. The program is designed to develop your abilities to integrate learning across courses, over time, and between academic and life experiences.

With a General Studies degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, you can:

  • Combine courses you have taken at other regionally accredited institutions and roll them into an extremely flexible degree program
  • Choose from numerous career path concentrations or design your own
  • Complete courses that are convenient to your schedule and location
  • Choose online classes or classroom sessions - or both!

This program allows you to develop a plan of study by combining general education courses and one of the following concentrations:

  • Business
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Liberal Arts
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Human Services
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Science
  • Individualized Concentration

Relevant and Convenient

  • Complete your degree in as little as 18 months
  • Classes meet one night per week or online
  • Leverage previous academic work for degree completion
  • Instructors combine academic credentials with professional expertise
  • Industry leading learning software tools
  • Learn value-adding problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills

Accreditation

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org, 312-263-0456. IWU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, www.cccu.org, 202-546-8713.

Not all programs are offered at all locations and some may only be available online.

Minimum Computer Requirements

Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a CAPS course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

Off-Campus Library Services (OCLS)

Library instruction is provided to students at the start of their program at IWU. Reference and document delivery services give students access to all collections of the Jackson Library on the IWU residential campus, as well as Instructional Resource Center services, Interlibrary Loan services, and many e-books and online journals. For more information, see indwes.edu/ocls.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Onsite Tuition Online Tuition
120 Total $384 / credit hour $384 / credit hour

*Effective July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks or ebooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email NonResAid@indwes.edu.

Concentrations

IWU’s flexible Bachelor of Science with a major in General Studies degree program allows you to select from any number of concentrations:

  • Business
  • Communications
  • Computer Information Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fine Arts
  • History
  • Human Services
  • Liberal Arts
  • Life Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Religious Studies

Requirements

Below are the lists of requirements for the B.S. in General Studies program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

  1. Proof of high school graduation or GED certification.
  2. Original transcripts from all previous college or university studies at regionally accredited colleges or universities or at an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
  3. Prior completion of at least 60 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university or from an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education is required before starting the core program. A maximum of 40 credit hours may be earned through the assessed learning process toward the required 60.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of the required core courses with a GPA of 2.25 or higher.
  2. Overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  3. Completion of 120 credit hours.
    • Included within the total of 120 credit hours, 30 credit hours in Liberal Arts .
    • Included within the total of 120 credit hours, 21 credit hours in a concentration, with at least a 2.25 GPA. At least fifteen of the 21 credit hours must be completed at IWU.
    • Included within the total of 120 credit hours, are 9 credit hours of required general studies courses which include an introduction and capstone experience for integrating your learning.

Application Procedures

To be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Science with a major in General Studies degree program, complete each of the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.

  1. Application

    Apply online at www.indwes.edu.

  2. Transcripts

    High School
    Applicants who have fewer than 30 credit hours of college coursework or applicants who are applying to the certificate program are required to submit a copy of a standard high school diploma or transcript or GED scores for admission.

    College
    Applicants who have more than 30 credit hours of college coursework are required to submit an official transcript from each undergraduate regionally accredited institution attended. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent in directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official.

    College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools
    For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a “Course-by-Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course credit hours and grades.

  3. TOEFL Scores

    Submit a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores if English is not your primary language. For more information about this test, see  www.toefl.org.

Prior Learning Assessment

Undergraduate students accepted to or enrolled in any of the CAPS associate or baccalaureate degree programs are eligible to complete Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Credit hours awarded may be counted toward general education, elective, or select core requirements as applicable to the undergraduate degree or as specified for approved graduate programs. Baccalaureate students may earn a maximum of 40 hours of credit through PLA. Associate degree students may earn a maximum of 18 hours through PLA. Undergraduate students may use PLA credit to accrue toward the 60 hours of credit required for admission to the bachelor’s core curriculum and/or to meet degree requirements while in the core and/or after the core has been completed.

Start Dates

The General Studies program may be completed online, or onsite at various locations in Indiana and Kentucky. Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the General Studies Bachelor of Science program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.