General Studies, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in General Studies requires a total of 120 credits, at least 60 of which must be in the Liberal Arts, 40 taken at Old Westbury, and 45 at the upper-division level. These are divided into three sets of courses:

1) Liberal Education Curriculum: Students must fulfill the College’s Liberal Education Curriculum requirements. (Minimum 30 credits) Refer to the Liberal Education Curriculum Guidelines for specific requirements.

2) The Major (40 credits):

a) Students will design an individualized “Major Core” course of study in consultation with an advisor that is consistent with their professional development, career aspirations, and life goals. A curriculum contract will be established which will constitute the curriculum requirements for graduation.

b) At least 24 of the 40 credits in the Major Core must be at the upper-division level.

c) The Major Core can be completed in one of two broad categories:

i) Academic Divisions of Knowledge: Students will take courses in each of the major Academic Divisions of Knowledge: the Natural Sciences, the Social Sciences, and the Humanities.

ii) Interdisciplinary Themes: Course selection for this category will include courses in a minimum of two disciplines from one or more of the major academic divisions.

3) College Electives: Students will take additional courses to bring their total credits to 120.