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Frequently Asked Questions

Bachelor of Art or Science in General Studies

1. What do I need to do to become a General Studies major?

  • The first thing to do is to schedule an appointment with a GS advisor by calling the College of Business & Professional Studies at (662) 329-7152 or emailing Dr. Scott Tollison, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2. What will happen when I meet with a GS advisor?

  • Your advisor will talk to you about your interests and evaluate your transcripts. The evaluation will reveal what courses you have already taken that will meet the GS program requirements. This will give you an idea of how long completing the degree will take.

3. Is there an application process for the GS program?

  • No. If you decide you want to pursue a GS degree, you complete a “change of major” form in the College of Business & Professional Studies. This form will be processed and your major will change.

4. What can I do with a General Studies degree?

  • The GS degree does not prepare you for any specific job. Your job opportunities will depend greatly on your efforts to secure employment. GS 400 General Studies Seminar will help with your employment seeking preparation. By completing your degree, however, you will become one of only approximately 15% of Mississippians who have a Bachelor's degree. This alone greatly enhances your employment opportunities.

5. What are some good things about the GS program?

  • Probably the most appealing characteristic of the program is the flexibility it provides the student. GS students may select courses from across campus based upon their interest or the availability (e.g., evening or day courses) and delivery (e.g., online or traditional classes) of the courses. The other appealing aspect is that the GS program allows students to complete a degree who may not have been able to do so otherwise.

6. Do most people choose two or three focus groups?

  • Most students choose two focus groups for 18 hours each. This is because they usually come into the program with a lot of credit-hours in one area. Many times the student has one focus group complete when they start the program.

7. What are the most common focus groups selected?

  • The most common focus groups are (X) Pre-Professional Programs which includes Education, Nursing, Speech-Language Pathology and Paralegal Studies, (III) Human Sciences which includes Psychology, Sociology and Family Studies, and (IV) Business which includes courses in Marketing, Management, and Finance.