General Studies

General Studies

Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, the General Studies Program offers a unique degree that provides students the flexibility to customize their degrees in an academic program by selecting areas of concentration and Enhanced Electives that combine basic skills with specific areas of study.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose the Bachelor in General Studies Degree?
The General Studies Degree Program is considered to have the largest undergraduate student enrollment at Southern University at New Orleans. The program is popular with upperclassmen due to their ability to successfully transfer to the General Studies Degree Program with minimal interruption to their undergraduate studies. Students that enroll in the Program are provided with an enhanced broad-based liberal education that meets high academic standards while also enjoying the flexibility to adapt and combine courses from established traditional curricula.

What types of jobs are available to a graduate with a Bachelors Degree in General Studies?
Employment opportunities are generally good for applicants possessing the bachelor’s degree. Those opportunities are enhanced exponentially when followed by a graduate degree in an area of interest. The same advantages hold true for those students who have obtained a General Studies Degree and for those who decide subsequently to pursue graduate studies. Many of our students have found that they are more marketable due to the fact they also hold a degree with a concentration in a specific area while often times possessing a minor in another area of their choice. A few areas of employment that may not require a specific discipline are positions in customer service, management, sales, and marketing positions. Students are encouraged to visit the SUNO Career Counseling and Placement Office to maximize their career opportunities.

Can a General Studies degree graduate pursue post graduate studies?
Many students continue their education beyond the undergraduate degree by enrolling in graduate school where they focus on a specialized area of study. All students are encouraged to pursue their educational goals to advance their career potential and are referred to the SUNO Office of Graduate Studies.

Can a General Studies Program student take courses online or, in the evening?
Yes, there are a variety of courses available through e-learning and are offered during the evening to meet the needs of the non-traditional student within various academic departments. These classes are also available to students enrolled in the General Studies Degree Program.

Can a transfer student from another university or another program of study use the equivalent courses offered through this program of study?
Yes, in many cases a student may transfer to SUNO utilizing the general education courses that he/she has successfully completed during the first and second year of studies. However, to assure maximum student success with course transfers, student academic transcripts are evaluated by the University Transcript Specialist at SUNO prior to their entry into the General Studies Program. Courses that are approved and accepted for transfer to the University are subsequently credited; thereby eliminating the need for the student to repeat the course.


Deneen Lewis, Ph.D.
Director and Associate Professor
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Building
Room 316

Nyla Ceaser Noble
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Building
Room 315

Karen Washington
Administrative Assistant
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Building
Room 317


  • Provide students with an enhanced, academically challenging and comprehensive liberal education from established traditional undergraduate curricula;
  • Provide a flexible course of study that will establish an interdisciplinary approach to the development of students;
  • Provide a supportive environment that will instill an understanding and appreciation of the social, political, cultural and economical forces which shape communities at the local, state, national and international levels;
  • Provide students with quality counseling and advisement;
  • Provide students with academic support programs that will enhance their successful matriculation;
  • Provide a sound undergraduate foundation that will prepare students for the workplace and for graduate education.


By enrolling in the General Studies Program, students may pursue a Bachelor of General Studies Degree that consists of a non-science concentration in the following areas:

  • African American Studies

  • Business

  • English

  • Health Information Management Systems

  • Humanities

  • Political Science

  • Social Science

Students electing a concentration in any of these areas will complete a total of 120 credit hours; 30 credit hours in one of the concentration areas. The Business area of concentration requires 27 credit hours. Students must have 30 credit hours of 300 level classes and 15 credit hours of 400 level classes.


General Studies

* Offers a unique degree that provides students the flexibility to customize their degrees in an academic program by selecting Areas of Concentration and Enhanced Electives that combine basic skills with specific areas of study.

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