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The Bachelor of General Studies at the University of West Florida is designed to meet the needs of every student. With course offerings spanning 14 departments and four colleges and a choice of in-person classes in Pensacola or Fort Walton Beach or online, you can shape your studies to best fit your career goals.

Why Get a Degree in General Studies at UWF?

The General Studies program is extremely flexible and accessible for any student, including working adults, members of the military or those with family obligations.

The program is open to all and offers admission to students with a wide range of academic backgrounds. Your advisor will help you build a course of study that best fits your unique goals.

We offer classes online and face-to-face at the Pensacola campus or UWF Emerald Coast in Fort Walton Beach.

What You Will Learn

Our program offers a broadly based liberal arts education rather than a single academic focus or vocational track.

The degree revolves around four areas of emphasis: communication, information literacy, problem solving/decision making and community leadership. You will take two courses from each of these four areas. Each area includes at least six or more options and includes multiple disciplinary options.

This unique design teaches you marketable skills in several disciplines, preparing you for entrance into an increasingly diverse, fast-paced workforce.

Some students choose to complete an internship as part of the required senior capstone course. The capstone provides great freedom for you to choose a final project. Students have created websites, podcasts or training manuals, depending on their area of interest.

You can build on your associate of arts degrees from another institution or return to college study after an absence.


Courses in the communication area provide you with the skills you need to communicate effectively in written, oral and visual forms. Assignments and activities in these courses often include research papers, short response papers, creative writing, critical reviews, essay exams, class discussions, PowerPoint presentations, speeches, films and artwork. Courses may also include an introduction to specific styles of writing or other forms of communication.

These courses help you develop core skills and gain in-depth knowledge of resources in your discipline. You will learn to efficiently access the information you need; critically evaluate information and its sources; use information effectively to accomplish a goal; understand the economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information; and use information ethically and legally.


Courses with this focus equip you to recognize and define problems, develop creative ways of understanding and thinking about them and finding strategic solutions. You will reflect on past and/or present issues in order to understand different world views, recognize the meaning of events from other perspectives and engage in a critical analysis of your own assumptions in the pursuit of workable solutions.

Community leadership courses explore the fundamentals of leadership, probing what it means to be a leader. Courses may include service learning or experiential learning opportunities, giving you an opportunity to practice these skills. You may also study the nature of citizenship, the different forms of government and avenues to participate in a democratic society.

Careers & Outcomes

General Studies students gain a wide variety of skills that prepare them for an unlimited number of career paths, including employment at banks, local and state government agencies, non-profit organizations, the military, private businesses and school districts. Below are common job titles for General Studies graduates, as well as examples of where our alumni work.

Job Titles

  • Manager
  • Teacher
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Salesperson
  • Entrepreneur
  • Government Worker
  • Non-profit Manager
  • Researcher


  • Navy Federal Credit Union
  • Escambia County School District
  • H&R Block
  • UWF Athletics
  • US Army
  • US Air Force
  • Electric Cooperative
  • IMPROVable Cause

The combination of classes was really diverse and I liked learning many different skills from different subject areas.

Program Details

Internships are not required but they provide invaluable real-world experience and enhance your resume. Students have several options for internships in areas such as sales, counseling, training and development, social media management, event planning and research.

Internships have been offered at:

  • Aflac
  • AppRiver
  • Covenant Hospice
  • DigiPro Media LLC
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Great Southern Restaurants
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Pensacola Blue Wahoos
  • Pensacola Mardi Gras
  • Target Corporation
  • United Way of Escambia County

My most valuable learning experience would have to be my "Senior Capstone" course. This particular course has taught me so many useful tips/techniques that I will definitely be able to apply in my career.

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the General Studies program.

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