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:
Personal Fitness & Wellness (PFW)
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 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.
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.