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Maybe you have credits from other institutions. Maybe you just aren't sure what area you want to study. Southeast's general studies degree prepares you for the professional future you want, while allowing you the flexibility to focus on your interests.

Students may increase their focus on a particular discipline by completing an official minor along with the general studies degree, but selecting a minor is not required of students.

What You'll Do

As an online general studies major at Southeast, you’ll structure a degree around your interests and goals. More specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills employers are looking for.
  • Continue working, secure an internship, or balance life’s other responsibilities by taking online courses.
  • Get real-world experience with internships, the study-abroad program, clinical, or research internships.

What Can You Do with a General Studies Degree?

A general studies degree shows employers you possess college-level competencies, and the drive to complete a degree. The classes you choose can prepare you for a variety of fields and positions.

The Bachelor of General Studies is ideal for degree-seekers with one or more of the following characteristics:

  • College credits from multiple institutions
  • Students with experience in several areas of study or majors
  • Students interested primarily in earning a four-year degree, without a requirement for, or interest in, a specific major
  • Students seeking a degree for personal enrichment
  • Students unable to finish another major because of changing life circumstances, but who want to earn a bachelor’s degree to complete their undergraduate experience

General Studies by the Numbers

  • 97%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating from Southeast are employed or enrolled in grad school within a year.

  • 100%

    Online Courses

    Students can have the flexibility of online while earning a degree from a quality institution.

  • 100%

    Of Programs Offer Real-world Opportunities

    Students can earn hand-on experience through internships, study-abroad, and in-class experiences.

  • $307.50

    Per Credit Hour

    Southeast Online offers a tuition rate of $307.50 per credit hour no matter where you live.

General Studies Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

General Studies Curriculum

The general studies degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
    • Course 1
    • Course 2
  • Constitution requirement – 3 hours
    • Course 1
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
    • Course 1
    • Course 2
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
    • Course 1
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab) Course 1
    • Course 2
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
    • Course 1
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
    • Course 1
    • Course 2
    • Course 3
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
    • UI100/Course 1
    • Course 2
    • Civics examination

Plus 39 hours of 300-500 Level Courses


  • Full Term: Aug. - Dec. (3 hours)
  • Full Term: Aug. - Dec. (3 hours)
  • Full Term: Aug. - Dec. (3 hours)
  • 1st 8 Week: Aug. - Oct. (3 hours)
  • 2nd 8 Week: Oct. - Dec. (3 hours)
  • Total: 15 hours


  • Wintersession: Dec. - Jan. (3 hours)
  • Full Term: Jan. - May. (3 hours)
  • Full Term: Jan. - May. (3 hours)
  • 1st 8 Week: Jan. - Mar. (3 hours)
  • 2nd 8 Week: Mar. - May. (3 hours)
  • Total: 15 hours


  • 1st 4 Week: June (3 hours)
  • 8 Week: June-July (3 hours)
  • 2nd 4 Week: July (3 hours)
  • Total: 9 hours

College of Humanities and Social Sciences 

This degree is housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The College prepares students for lifelong careers. We boast programs that train students in problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, organization, and adaptability. Skills employers value, so we prepare you for basically any career field.

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Online Learning at Southeast

When it comes to your success, we do whatever it takes. Online learning at Southeast takes the same reputable college courses taught by Southeast faculty and makes them available anytime, anywhere.

Preparing you with the critical workforce skills to be a confident, competitive job candidate in today's ever-changing marketplace.

Alumni of the College of Humanities and Social Science are employed by:

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  • Boeing logo
  • Missouri Botanical Garden logo
  • Missouri History Museum logo
  • Redwood Logistics logo
  • United States Peace Corps logo

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

(573) 651-5184
Office Location
Kent Library 305
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 4610
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

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