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General Studies Degree

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.


Current Catalog

Bachelor of General Studies

Accreditations and Memberships:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)

Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)