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The General Studies degree is a versatile degree that will allow you to explore a variety of career options while gaining credit or using previous credits towards finishing your degree. Apply now to begin your journey!
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General Studies degree information

The General Studies major requires 40 junior-senior level semester hours. A maximum of twenty-one hours may be earned in any one department.

General Education Requirements: 45 hours

  • Major Degree Requirements: 40 hours in junior-senior level courses
  • Optional Minor: 18-24 hours
  • Electives (with optional minor): 15-21 hours
  • Electives (without optional minor): 39 hours
  • Total Degree Requirements: 124 hours


  • A Maximum of 21 hours may be earned in any one department.
  • Students are required to complete a minimum of 32 hours through HPU.
  • A minimum of 12 advanced HPU hours must be earned in the student’s major.

For more information, refer to the Howard Payne University Catalog.

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