General Studies Careers

A general studies degree, also called interdisciplinary studies is a very broad program that provides a well-rounded education and the opportunity to earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree without a particular major or area of emphasis. A general studies degree enables students to take courses in a wide variety of subjects, often times allowing them to explore a particular field without committing to the full course load. Many employers hire those with general studies degrees for the wide range of skill sets acquired during their collegiate studies. Additionally, many professionals earn a general studies degree to help put them on a path to more challenging positions within their organization or career advancement

Employment Opportunities

Those with a general studies degree may work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Administrative Support
  • Project Management
  • Education
  • Sales


General studies degree holders need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Interpersonal and intrapersonal communication skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Ability to adapt
  • Sound judgment
  • Analytical skills

Industry Spotlight

Because of the well-rounded education a general studies degree provides, career opportunities are abundant in fields where specific skill sets are not mandatory for the job. Entry level salaries for those with a general studies degrees tend to be a bit lower than those with a specific degree, however, over time, those salaries even out.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008