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Completing a Bachelor of General Studies Degree Online

The General Studies degree may be completed online if the selected areas of study are available to complete through currently offered online courses. General Studies degree requirements for online students are identical to the requirements for on-campus students. For more information on degree requirements, please visit the Degree Requirements page for prospective students.

Courses for two degree requirements, Foreign Language and Personal Fitness & Wellness, are not currently offered online through Texas Tech University. Online students may fulfill these requirements in one of following ways:

Foreign Language

  1. Submit a high school transcript which shows credit for 4 semesters of a single foreign language during grades 9-12, or
  2. Submit CLEP scores with credit for 2 semesters of a single foreign language at the freshman-level or higher, or
  3. Complete 2 semesters of a single foreign language at the freshman-level or higher at a local institution to transfer in to TTU. This can be done before or during your TTU enrollment. Foreign language courses taken during your TTU enrollment are subject to approval under the concurrent enrollment policies.

Personal Fitness & Wellness (PFW)

  1. Students who will be over the age of 25 at the time of graduation are exempt from the PFW requirement, or
  2. Complete two 1 hour physical fitness courses at a local institution to transfer in to TTU. This can be done before or during your TTU enrollment. PFW courses taken during your TTU enrollment are subject to approval under the concurrent enrollment policies.
  3. As of Fall 2014, PFW 1112 and PFW 1117 will be offered online, allowing distance students to complete this requirement through TTU.

Students Outside of Texas

In order for Texas Tech University to offer online courses to students in states other than Texas, we must first comply with that state's requirements. To check your state's authorization, please visit our State Authorization page.

Online Courses

Online courses offered at Texas Tech University follow the traditional semester dates listed in the university's academic calendar. Most courses are administered via Blackboard and course material is typically delivered asynchronously. This means that while you must complete course work before due dates assigned by each instructor, you have the flexibility of completing the course work when it is convenient for you.

Some courses do not use Blackboard and some do require that students electronically attend a scheduled class time. Please contact the course instructor for clarification regarding a course's method of delivery and requirements.

Full-time enrollment during long terms is 12 hours; half-time enrollment is 6 hours. Students may take a maximum of 19 hours in each long term and 8 hours in each summer term.

Areas of Study for Online Students

The General Studies degree consists of coursework taken in three areas of study, which must be selected from established minors recognized in the Texas Tech Catalog. Two of the three areas of study must be within The College of Arts & Sciences. Not all minors are available through distance education.

Distance students (satellite campuses and online) should consult the Distance Chart for the most current list of available areas of study.