UND’s General Studies major suits your wide-ranging interests. It gives you the freedom
to enroll in a cross-disciplinary series of courses. The B.G.S. with major in General
Studies cannot be combined with another major or degree program.
You’ll work closely with your advisor to develop an individualized curriculum, which
includes UND’s Essential Studies requirements. Choose courses in any discipline, including:
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
General Studies is an ideal major if you are a transfer student committed to finishing
your bachelor’s degree. Many in the program plan to pursue graduate programs or are
looking for career advancement opportunities.
Online General Studies Degree
You can earn your General Studies degree on campus or online. Our self-paced online
option allows you to enroll anytime and take classes at your own pace.
Employers value graduates who are able to use approaches from multiple fields when
addressing today's complex problems. A General Studies degree allows for unique combinations
of interests and training. The General Studies major offers maximum flexibility on
choosing courses and designing a career.
Jobs with a General Studies Major
With a bachelor of General Studies, you'll have the analytical and communication skills
to succeed anywhere. Among the options:
Graduate study in law or humanities
General Studies Major Course Options
BIOL 333. Population Biology. 3 Credits.
Principles of population genetics, population ecology, and evolution in plants and animals. Prerequisites: BIOL 150, BIOL 150L, BIOL 151, BIOL 151L, and MATH 98 or higher. S.
ANTH 200. World Prehistory. 3 Credits.
In this course we explore the extraordinary five million year-long record of human cultural achievements, as reconstructed by scientific archaeology. We will focus on prehistoric societies (those that existed before the advent of writing and written history), on what happened in the past, and how the major milestones in the development of world cultures came about. These milestones include the cultural evolution of our earliest hominid ancestors from almost 5 million years ago, the two million year-long persistence of the hunting and gathering lifeway, the origins of agriculture and farming societies, and the rise and collapse of prehistoric civilizations. F,S.
ENGL 230. Analyzing Worldview through Story. 3 Credits.
A class that uses literature and/or film as means of exploring the real-world consequences of differing worldviews. Students gain intercultural knowledge and skills through reflexive examination of how social ideologies intersect with institutional systems of privilege and oppression. Repeatable to 9 credits. F,S.
COMM 102. Introduction to Communication. 3 Credits.
Introduces students to the discipline of Communication. Surveys a broad range of sub-disciplines, including social media, strategic communication, human interactions, newswriting, communication technology, media and communication policies, and digital media production. F,S,SS.
PSYC 421. Diversity Psychology. 3 Credits.
Origins and consequences of psychological differences among individual and groups with special emphasis on sex differences and racial differences. Prerequisites: PSYC 111, PSYC 241, and PSYC 250 or consent of instructor. S, even years.
COMM 310. Media and Diversity. 3 Credits.
Study of minority status within mass media organizations and in media content from historical, contemporary and speculative points of view. F.
Life Isn't Linear
Katherine Dachtler completed her general studies degree 14 years after she started
her college career.