About the Degree
The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) is an alternative for students who do not wish to pursue an existing major. Two versions of the BGS are available.
- The General BGS requires that a student complete all General Education Requirements and other degree requirements. To pursue this option the student should consult with an adviser and declare the BGS as a major.
- The Directed BGS also requires that a student complete all general education requirements and other degree requirements and upper division. Additionally, a committee of faculty works with the student to combine courses from several areas to create a distinctive program. To pursue this option the student should declare the BGS as a major and consult with the dean of the school most closely associated with the course work. The dean will appoint a faculty committee to help the student structure the Directed BGS.
What You'll Learn
- The same required courses that other students take on campus
- A selection of upper division courses taken from multiple areas, chosen with the assistance of a faculty advisor and committee.
- Courses that look like you -- chosen by you that reflect your own personality, abilities, interests and aptitudes.
This Degree is Great for You if:
- You have interests in a large number of disciplines and feel the BGS suits your personality and profile.
- You have declared other majors but felt none of them was a "good fit" for you.
- You want to prove to future employers that you have the ability to earn a Bachelor's Degree.
- You have a passion or interest left largely unexplored by university courses -- but still want a university degree.