BGS degrees do not require a minor, because the program is comprehensive.
Bachelor of General Studies
The Bachelor of General Studies degree (BGS) is an interdisciplinary degree that requires completion of coursework in two or three departments in place of one major or a major with a minor. No mention of the department areas is included on the transcript or diploma, but a degree plan and graduation check will verify that all the specific requirements have been met.
Procedure for Seeking Candidacy
The BGS degree is by definition appropriate for those who through several years of interdisciplinary and focused study have learned that their interests are not well served within a single academic major. For this reason, the degree is not an available option for freshmen or sophomore students. Admission to the BGS program requires at least 75 hours of college credit including transfer and dual credit hours.
Both former and current students who wish to pursue this degree must identify a faculty or professional staff advocate who is willing to endorse their entrance into the degree program. In most instances, this advocate should come from one of the departments that will be a part of the degree plan. This advocate may also serve as an advising resource for the student. Additional advising resources will be available through the Academic Advising and Transfer Center and the Associate Provost for Student Success.
All applicants for the BGS degree program must submit a written essay to the Associate Provost for Student Success which summarizes the students’ educational background and explains how the degree program would be personally beneficial in ways that a traditional BA or BS degree program would not. A subcommittee of the Council on General Education and Intercollegiate Programs serves as the BGS Admissions Committee to review and act on the application materials.
- Significant coursework from two or three specific departments (minimum 45 hours):
- If three departments, a minimum of 15 hours from each.
- If two departments, a minimum of 21 hours each plus three additional hours in one of the departments to reach the 45 hour minimum.
- At least 18 of these hours must be upper division.
- At least nine of these hours must be 400 level or above.
- The Public Affairs Capstone requirement of one of the specific departments.
- A grade of C or better in all courses used in the BGS areas of emphasis.
- Additional hours to bring the upper division total to at least 40.
- Additional electives to bring the total hours to at least 120.
- All General Baccalaureate Degree requirements except those applying to majors and options and multiple degrees and/or multiple majors.
University level requirements:
How is the BGS degree different from an individualized major?
In the BGS program, you do not have to blend multiple academic areas (disciplines) toward a specific professional or academic goal.
Instead, your coursework may be varied in focus, but must clearly explain how the BGS degree program would be personally beneficial in a way that the traditional degree (BA, BFA, BS, etc.) would not.
Consider the individualized major if you have a specific career or academic goal in mind.