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Degree Requirements

General Studies Degree Requirements

A General Studies degree is comprised of three main components: the core curriculum, the Arts & Sciences 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.

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.

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.
  • Each area of study consists of at least 18 hours of coursework. Some areas of study may require more than 18 hours of coursework.
  • Nine hours in each area must be taken in residence* at Texas Tech, six of which must be taken at the junior/senior level. Some areas of study may require more than 9 hours of in residence coursework.
    • CLEP cannot be used to meet residency requirements.
  • A total of 24 hours of junior/senior level coursework must be completed within the three areas of study. Each area must contain at least 6 hours of junior/senior level coursework. Some areas of study may require more than 6 hours of junior/senior coursework.
  • No block credit from another university may apply to core, general education, or areas of study requirements.
  • Three courses designated as Communication Literacy (CL) options within the student's major are required and cannot be transferred in. The Communication Literacy classes must be taken in one or more of the Arts & Sciences areas of study.

*In residence means courses taken through TTU. Online and face-to-face courses are considered to be in residence.

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum is designed to expose all Texas Tech University graduates to areas of study that are traditionally regarded as basic to the intellectual development of a broadly educated person. These areas of study include the following: life and physical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; mathematics; language, philosophy, and culture; creative arts; United States and Texas history and government; and the tools of communication and thought. The Texas Tech University core curriculum complies with Texas statutes and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules. Only grades of D- or better may fulfill these requirements.

  • Written Communication - 6 hours
  • Oral Communication - 3 hours
  • Mathematics - 3 hours
  • Mathematics or Logic - 3 hours
  • Life & Physical Sciences - 8 hours
  • Language, Philosophy, & Culture - 3 hours
  • Creative Arts - 3 hours
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences - 3 hours
  • American History - 6 hours
  • Government/Political Science- 6 hours
  • Technology and Applied Science* - 3 hours

*The Technology and Applied Science core curriculum requirement was eliminated from the core curriculum as of fall 2012. Any student who entered Texas Tech University under the 2012-13 university catalog or later is not required to complete this requirement. Any student who will graduate under a catalog prior to fall 2012 is required to complete the Technology and Applied Science requirement.

Additional information may be found in the most current Texas Tech Catalog.

A&S General Education

The College of Arts and Sciences requires additional courses for completion of the General Studies degree as part of its general education requirements. Only grades of D- or better may fulfill these requirements.

  • Mathematics & Logic - 3 hours
    • The College of Arts and Sciences does not accept more than one of AAEC 2401, MATH 2300, 2345, PSY 2400 for the core and general education mathematics requirement. Either PHIL 2310 or PSY 2400 may apply to 3 of the 6 required hours for the core and general education mathematics requirement. Due to these requirements, it is possible that a student who has completed the core curriculum may not have fulfilled the College of Arts & Sciences general education requirements for Mathematics/Logic.
  • Language, Philosophy, & Culture - 3 hours
    • This requirement is in addition to the Language, Philosophy, & Culture core curriculum requirement.
  • Creative Arts - 3 hours
    • This requirement is in addition to the Creative Arts core curriculum requirement.
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences - 3 hours
    • This requirement is in addition to the Social & Behavioral Sciences core curriculum requirement.
  • Personal Fitness and Wellness - 2 hours
    • Students over age 25 are exempt.

Additional information may be found in the most current Texas Tech Catalog.

Areas of Study

This interdisciplinary 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.

Each of the three areas of study must include at least 18 hours of coursework. A minimum of nine hours in each area of study must be taken in residence* at Texas Tech University, six of which must be taken at the junior/senior level. A total of 24 junior/senior hours must be taken between the three areas of study. Some areas of study may require more than 9 hours of in-residence coursework and/or junior/senior hours, per departmental regulations.

Three courses designated as Communication Literacy (CL) options must be completed within the areas of study. See Graduation Requirements for more details.

Only grades of C- or better may fulfill these requirements.

*In residence means courses taken through TTU. Online and face-to-face courses are considered to be in residence.

Not all minors are available through distance education.

Lubbock students should request an appointment with the appropriate General Studies advisor for information about available areas of study on Lubbock campus.

View the current list of available online areas of study.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the requirements below, students must have a minimum of a 2.0 TTU GPA in order to graduate.

Communication Literacy (CL)

Three courses designated as Communication Literacy (CL) options must be completed within one or more of the areas of study administered by the College of Arts and Sciences. Communication Literacy courses which do not apply to the areas of study or which were taken in an area of study administered by a different college may not be used to fulfill this requirement. Communication Literacy courses must be taken in residence* at Texas Tech; transfer credit may not fulfill Communication Literacy requirements. Only grades of C- or better may fulfill this requirement.

*In residence means courses taken through TTU. Online and face-to-face courses are considered to be in residence.

Multicultural Requirement

Texas Tech University requires that every student include at least one 3-hour multicultural course or its equivalent that focuses explicitly on the distinctive subcultures of the United States or on the culture of another society. Completion of an approved study abroad course, including assessments by the Texas Tech University Study Abroad Office, may also fulfill this requirement. Many courses fulfill a core curriculum requirement and at the same time satisfy the multicultural requirement. Only grades of D- or better may fulfill this requirement.

Foreign Language

Students who have not completed four semesters of a foreign language in high school must complete two semesters of a single foreign language at the freshman level or higher. Courses such as SPAN 1507, which is only 5 hours, will not completely fulfill this requirement. Online B.G.S. students may take the required coursework at another institution to fulfill this requirement, as Texas Tech does not offer online foreign language courses at this time. Concurrent enrollment requires permission from the Academic Dean before enrollment for each course you plan to take and each term you plan to be concurrently enrolled. Only grades of D- or better may fulfill this requirement.

Elective Hours

Fulfillment of all core curriculum, general education, areas of study, and graduation requirements will not always total the overall 120 hours or the 40 junior/senior hours required to earn a degree. In this case, elective hours may be needed to reach 120 hours overall or 40 junior/senior hours. Elective hours can only be fulfilled by coursework with grades of D- or better that is not already applied to other degree requirements.

Academic Honors

In order to be eligible to graduate with honors status, 48 of the total applied hours must be taken in residence at Texas Tech University.

Degree Checklist

The General Studies degree checklists are meant to help students anticipate degree requirements. These checklists are unofficial and subject to change. These checklists are not a replacement for an official degree audit. Your degree analyst is the only person who can provide you with an official audit of your program, after you have filed an official degree plan. Students are placed in the catalog which is in effect at the time that a degree plan is filed. If you are a prospective student, select the most recent catalog year from the options below.

General Studies Checklist - 2016 Catalog

General Studies Checklist - 2015 Catalog

General Studies Checklist - 2014 Catalog

General Studies Checklist - 2013 Catalog 

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