Apr 16, 2024  
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Bachelor of General Studies, BGS

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The bachelor of general studies (BGS) is an interdisciplinary program that allows students the flexibility to tailor the degree to their individual needs and interests. Before declaring the BGS, a student must have attempted another major for at least two semesters and must have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours. The degree program requires successful completion of 120 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0. A student cannot use this degree program as part of a double major, dual degree, or as a second baccalaureate degree.


120 Total Hours

At least 40 hours must be upper-level


  1. Follow the General Education Core Requirements, see Graduation Requirements section of catalog.
  2. These courses are used to determine major GPA, see Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses counted toward major.
  3. Additional General Education requirements must be selected from areas outside the primary emphasis.
  4. Select primary emphasis of 33 hours from the groups below. A minimum of 18 hours must be from courses with same prefix. A minimum of 15 hours must be at the upper-level (3000-4000) within the group.

Group I - Humanities and the Arts

Courses from Art, Communication, English, World Languages, Graphic Design, History, Humanities*, Music, Philosophy, Speech, Religion*, Rhetoric and Writing, Theatre

Group II - Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Courses from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Science*, Physics, Statistics*, Information Technology

Group III - Social Sciences

Courses from Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

*Disciplines may not be used for the 18 same prefix primary emphasis requirement but can be used to meet the 33 hour group requirement.

Note: A course in the general education core can be used in an emphasis but cannot be counted for both a general education requirement and an emphasis requirement.

  1. Select secondary emphasis of 18 hours from a group different than selected for the primary emphasis, or from Business (ACCT, ECON, FIN, LAW, MGMT, or MKTG).
  2. Additional degree requirement, 24 hours. Select elective courses in consultation with advisor.

Prior to graduation students must demonstrate competency in financial literacy by satisfactory completion of FIN 1521 - Personal Finance Applications  (or an approved substitution) with a grade of C or better, or by a score of 70% or more on a challenge exam for FIN 1521 .

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