General Studies Requirements
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The program of General Studies comprises those learning experiences common to all students at Dallas Baptist University. They are completed for the most part in the student’s first year and sophomore years.

The General Studies requirements are designed to develop the basic understanding and skills needed by broadly educated men and women in a democratic society. They involve a concern for the student’s intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical growth.

These courses are listed at the 1000 and 2000 level except in the Religion Department. If a student’s degree plan requires more than six hours of religion, then upper-level religion and Christian Studies classes will be allowed to satisfy this General Studies requirement.

The following chart outlines the specific General Studies requirements for each of DBU’s bachelor’s degrees. All requirements are to be met from 1000 and 2000 level courses with the possible exception of religion. Students must also complete the required number of Chapel attendances. Each discipline may specify the courses listed within the discipline that may be used to satisfy the General Studies requirements. Students should carefully study the General Studies requirements for the degree they plan to pursue. Students interested in pursuing teacher certification should refer to the College of Education section of this catalog for specific General Studies requirements. The following are suggested plans for fulfilling the General Studies Requirements for each degree offered.

Major Field of Study
Students select a primary field of study in which they concentrate the larger portion of the learning experience during the junior and senior year. The requirements for a major in each academic field are outlined in the Academic Programs section of this catalog. Within their major, students complete a sequence of at least 24 required credit hours of which 12 credit hours must be upper level. Requirements vary with the major selected.  A minimum 2.0 grade point average or above must be earned in the major field of study. DBU requires a minimum cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0.

Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University

DBU requires a minimum cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0 (comprised of transfer and DBU hours). 


Dallas Baptist University offers a variety of disciplines in which students may major. Additional disciplines are offered to support these various majors. Majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Music degrees include:

Biblical Studies
Camp/Sport Leadership
Cell Biology
Christian Studies
Church Music
BA/BS Communication: Broadcast/Digital Media
BA/BS Communication: Communication Theory
BA/BS Communication: Graphic Design
BA/BS Communication: Public Relations
Computer Information Science
Computer Science
Criminal Justice

Education: Interdisciplinary Academic

  • Early Childhood - Grade 6 Generalist Teacher Certification (Interdisciplinary Academic Major)
  • English Language Arts and Reading Grades 4-8 Teacher Certification (Interdisciplinary Academic Major)
  • Mathematics Grades 4-8 Teacher Certification (Interdisciplinary Academic Major)
  • Science Grades 4-8 Teacher Certification (Interdisciplinary Academic Major)
  • Computer Science Grades 8-12 Teacher Certification (Computer Science Major)
  • English Language Arts and Reading Grades 7-12 Teacher Certification (English Major)
  • History Grades 7-12 Teacher Certification (History Major)
  • Life Science Grades 7-12 Teacher Certification (Biology Major)
  • Mathematics Grades 7-12 Teacher Certification (Mathematics Major)
  • Science Grades 7-12 Teacher Certification (Natural Sciences Major)
  • Speech Grades 7-12 Teacher Certification (Communication Studies Major)
  • Early Childhood-Grade 12 Physical Education Teacher Certification (Kinesiology Major)
Environmental Science
Hotel and Hospitality Management
Interdisciplinary Studies (Humanities/Social Sciences)
Management Information Systems
Music Business (BBA)
Music Business (BA/BS)
Natural Science
Piano Performance
Political Science
Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
Sport Management
Vocal Performance

The major leading to a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree includes:

Majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences or Bachelor of Business Studies degree include, but are not limited to the following:

Accounting History
Art Hotel and Hospitality Management
Biology Interdisciplinary Studies
Business Administration Kinesiology
Christian Ministries Management
Communication Management Information Systems
Computer Information Marketing
Criminal Justice Political Science
English Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
Entrepreneurship Psychology
Finance Sociology
Health Care Management  

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The Optional Academic Minor
A student’s program of study must include courses in General Studies and the academic major, and may also include electives and an optional minor. A student may minor in any department of the University that offers the required number and level of courses. DBU also offers a few select minors in which there is not a major. A carefully chosen minor provides substantial grounding in a field other than that of the student’s major and adds breadth and depth to the educational experience.

The number of hours required for a minor at Dallas Baptist University will be no less than 15 credit hours in one subject matter area. Of the 15 total required hours, there must be a minimum of 9 hours distinctive to the minor, separate and apart from general studies and major core hours. A minimum GPA of 2.0 or above must be earned in the minor field of study.  At least 6 upper level hours in the minor program must be completed at Dallas Baptist University. The amount of upper-level credit hours is determined by the appropriate college. Several minor programs require additional hours and specific course work (refer to the Academic Programs section of this catalog). (For specific information, refer to the college offering the minor program.) The student should consult his/her advisor regarding declaration of a minor. DBU requires a minimum cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0 (comprised of transfer and DBU hours). 



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Students may have the opportunity for intensive study within their majors or minors. A concentration generally requires a minimum of 12 credit hours, although requirements vary with the concentration selected.

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Maximum Hours in Discipline
It is recommended that credit toward graduation be given for no more than 42 credit hours in the major field of study or any one discipline in the B.A. or B.S. degrees.

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Double Major
A student may secure a degree with a double major by fulfilling all course requirements as stated in this catalog for both majors. If both majors share common course requirements, there must be a minimum of 18 hours distinctive to the second major, separate and apart from the first major. (The student must determine which is to be the first major and which is to be the second major.) Nine of the 18 hours must be upper-level and nine of the 18 must be in residence.  A minimum of 12 hours of residency is required in any major.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be achieved in both majors. DBU requires a minimum cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0 (comprised of transfer and DBU hours). 



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General Studies Requirements

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