General Studies Degree

Do your academic interests and career goals not align with a traditional major? Are you a transfer student looking to make sure your past credits count toward your degree? Earning a general studies degree from Hardin-Simmons University gives you the freedom to design your degree or switch career goals without extending the time to complete your studies.

You’re probably asking, “What is a general studies degree?” The answer is simple: It’s whatever you want it to be! With a minimum of two concentration areas from any discipline at HSU, general studies majors can explore a variety of fields and industries while preparing for the careers of their dreams.

For incoming first-year students who aren’t sure what they want to study yet, a bachelor’s degree in general studies is a great way to explore different academic departments and find the one that fits with their interests.

More Career Opportunities With a General Studies Degree

Employers and graduate programs want college graduates with broad ranges of abilities and knowledge. Having a strong foundation in a diverse set of skills will make you stand out from other applicants and become a successful leader — especially when it comes to executive or managerial roles. Earning a bachelor’s degree in general studies will provide you with a vast wealth of knowledge and skills that can help you excel in any industry.

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Why Earn Your General Studies Degree at Hardin-Simmons?

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Experienced and Diverse Faculty

When you earn your bachelor’s degree in general studies at HSU, you’ll get to take classes in more disciplines and fields than you would in any other program. This means that you’ll work closely with faculty mentors who are experts in their fields — learning from their years of experience while making more professional connections.

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Ability to Change Majors

If you’re halfway through your major and decide you want to take a different career or academic path, you don’t need to worry about graduating on time. Switching to a degree in general studies can ensure that the credits you’ve earned will count toward graduation — saving you time and money.

Dr. McIntyre teaches a business class.

Experiential Learning

Each discipline and department at HSU values hands-on learning. As a general studies major at HSU, you can rest assured knowing that no matter which disciplines you choose, you’ll benefit from practical experience both in class and out in the field. Graduate with an impressive resume and lots of stories to tell during job interviews.

What Can You Do With a General Studies Degree?

What is a general studies degree at Hardin-Simmons University? It’s endless possibility. It’s freedom to satisfy your curiosity. It’s uniquely you.

Want a leadership role in health care? Combining business with a health sciences degree can lead to executive careers in hospitals and clinics. Want to research the psychological impacts of climate change on individuals? Earn a degree in general studies with a concentration in psychology and environmental science. Your career potential is limited only by your imagination.

In addition to the hard skills that you’ll learn in your chosen disciplines, you’ll also master the soft skills that every employer or graduate programs looks for in a candidate — skills like communicating, public speaking, collaborating, and leading.

Your degree in general studies can help you enter graduate programs in law, health care, business, and education — to name just a few of your options.

Jobs for General Studies Majors

  • Educator
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Marketing specialist
  • General manager
  • Research assistant
  • Social worker
  • Software consultant
  • Artist
  • Public relations specialist

Salary for General Studies Majors

If you’re like most students, you may also be wondering, “How much is a general studies degree salary?” The salary you can earn with a bachelor’s degree in general studies depends entirely on the career field you choose to enter, so it’s really up to you to decide.

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