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General Studies

Mode of Study:
Degree Level:
Undergraduate, Major
Degree Types:
Bachelor of Arts
School of Arts & Sciences

Broaden Your Horizon Through Enhanced Flexibility

The General Studies program at Catawba College provides wide exposure to the liberal arts foundation, going both deeper and broader than general education requirements. It provides students with more flexibility with their field of study and career path, plus the flexibility to work toward a degree while also working full-time.

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Rather than focusing on one specific course of study, General Studies majors gain a breadth of knowledge across multiple disciplines and explore specific areas of personal interest to them. You will take an interdisciplinary approach across several areas of study including the Humanities, Fine Arts, Math, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences giving you greater depth in more areas than in a traditional degree program.

In this self-directed major, students consult with faculty advisors to design a program that provides a well-rounded field of study, gaining them a broad range of knowledge atypical of traditional majors, while also arming them with a bachelor’s degree upon program completion - a minimum qualification for most professional job-seekers these days.

The typical student majoring in another degree program has a focused study of 45-60 hours in a relatively narrow topic. The General Studies degree at Catawba College spreads those 45-60 hours across at least five areas, therefore the student has greater depth in more areas than would be expected of someone in a traditional degree program.

Program Highlights

  • Scholarships & Aid

    Financial aid to qualified and eligible students is available through the North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship, need-based assistance from Federal and/or State sources, and the Transfer Excellence Award scholarship.

  • Honor & Business Societies

    Catawba's working adult students have access to Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society and Phi Beta Lambda business society.

  • Networking Opportunities

    Catawba College has various CEOs and speakers throughout the year, tied to networking events where you can meet people in your industry of interest.

Program Details

Program Objective

Program Objective

Catawba's General Studies program provides students with a liberal arts education defined by a broad range of knowledge, intellectual and practical skills, individual and social responsibility, and integration of learning. Pairing a core curriculum of general education courses with foundations, skills, and perspectives of interest to each student creates personalized pathways which meet the diverse needs of adult learners.

Flexibility and Support

Flexibility and Support

The General Studies degree supports full and part-time adult students, providing flexibility to match your schedule and your career goals. You can go to school year-round, take the summer off, or even take a month off during a semester and still be a full-time student for financial aid. As you prepare for your next step, our Office of Career Services can assist you with your resumé to showcase your employment, professional experience, and coursework.

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