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General Studies Self-Designed Major

General studies: Choose your own adventure

Forge your own academic pathway in the general studies – self-designed program at Trine University.

The degree: What you want it to be

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in general studies, self-designed studies concentration allows you to create your own learning experience. It demonstrates to employers and peers that you have the self-discipline and intelligence to work through a university-level program in a variety of subject areas.

Students in the general studies major may double major and are strongly encouraged to obtain a minor. The list of minors is impressive and includes communication, criminal justice, history and psychology. We have advisors who are knowledgeable of other majors and minors to assist you in getting as much value as possible from your experience at Trine.

The experience: A breadth of knowledge

A general studies major allows you to build a broad-based education.  It teaches you to think critically, communicate effectively and pull together knowledge from many disciplines – skills you'll need to be successful in any career.

The result: Taking you to the next step

Trine University’s Bachelor of Arts with a major in general studies can serve as a prerequisite for a professional career, or as a stepping-stone to a college degree in another discipline. It can be the most personally rewarding major available, precisely because it is so broad, and it embodies the central philosophy of a liberal arts education that learning to think critically and to read and write well should help anyone in any career.

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