General Studies Major (BIS)

A Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in General Studies is the College’s most flexible degree path. It does not focus on one specific course of study; however, students can design their own major in collaboration with their advisor.

Major Requirements (33 Credits)

Students must take 33 credits in advanced level courses (2000 level and above)  from the Humanities, Sciences and Social Science.

Advanced courses, at the 2000 and above level  +

BIS Core Curriculum (39 Credits)

Free Electives (48 Credits)

Free Electives Policy

Degree Credit Summary

  • Major Credits: 33 credits
  • Core Credits: 39 credits
  • Free Elective Credits: 48 credits

Note: The above credit totals are based on the minimum number of required credits in each degree area. The minimum number of required credits in each area listed above must be met. Credits taken beyond the required minimum for one area may not be applied to another area.

Total Credits:


The above program requirements are applicable to students entering Summer 2024 and beyond. Please consult the appropriate archived catalog available on the homepage for years prior to these requirements. In order that programs offered by Villanova University reflect current advances and additions to knowledge and upgraded professional requirements, Villanova University reserves the right to change programs and requirements without prior notice. Students generally are bound to the requirements in effect and published online for the year in which their class begins its first year of study. Special requirements may be in effect for students who have left the University and are being readmitted. Students are advised to check with the web catalog or with their college offices regarding changes that may affect them. Additional academic information may be obtained from the various college offices and the web sites listed for the particular policies, programs and services found in this catalog. 




Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Curriculum Guide

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