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Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 120 hours of degree-applicable coursework to fulfill graduation requirements. Of the total 120 hours, a minimum of 40 hours of coursework must be taken at the junior/senior level. Transfer credit may be applied to this degree.

A General Studies degree is comprised of three main components: the core curriculum, the Arts & Science general education requirements, and the three areas of study. Students must adhere to the General Studies program requirements and meet the university's graduation requirements. For more information on these requirements and the components of a General Studies degree, please select the appropriate option above.

General Studies Minimum Requirements

  • A 2.0 GPA is required for admission into this program. In addition, a 2.0 GPA at Texas Tech University is required for graduation.
  • Degree plans must be reviewed by the Student Division of the College of Arts & Sciences to be considered official. This ensures conformity with graduation and B.G.S. requirements.
  • Degree plans must be submitted to the Student Division of the College of Arts & Sciences one semester after a student has achieved 45 hours of total coursework. Intentions to graduate must be submitted at the same time.
  • Nine hours in each area must be taken in residence at Texas Tech. Six of those hours must be taken at the junior/senior level. Some areas of study may require more than 9 hours.
  • No block credit from another university may apply to core, general education, or areas of study requirements.
  • Six hours of writing intensive classwork is required and cannot be transferred in. The writing intensive classes must be taken in the Arts & Sciences areas of study.
  • CLEP cannot be used to meet residency requirements.