Bachelor of General Studies

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Program Coordinator: Megan St. Vigne, SAM Center

Physical Address: SAM Center, CHSS Building, Suite 170

Academic Programs

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree is an interdisciplinary degree that allows students to design a curriculum to meet individual goals by connecting the Texas core curriculum, 3 academic minors, one General Studies capstone course, and appropriate supporting courses. During the senior year, BGS majors will complete a capstone course (UNIV 4301) in which the student will complete a project that requires the integration of knowledge and ideas from the three areas of study.

Requirements to Apply

  • Students must be a junior or senior in good standing with at least a 2.0 overall GPA to declare a BGS major.
  • Prior to declaration, students must attend an information session with an academic advisor.
  • Students must have senior hours, be in good academic standing, and have completed their required upper level English writing course to register for UNIV 4301.

Available Minors

A list of all available minors for the Bachelor of General Studies degree can be found here , and a list of available on-line minors can be found here . Certain minor combinations may not be allowed if coursework is duplicative. Please consult with the BGS coordinator to insure that the proposed combination of minors is appropriate.

Bachelor of General Studies

Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication) 1st year6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 1st or 2nd year3
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science) 1st or 2nd year8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture) 1st or 2nd year3
Component Area V (Creative Arts) 1st or 2nd year3
Component Area VI (U.S. History) 1st or 2nd year6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government) 1st or 2nd year6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences) 1st or 2nd year3
Component Area IX (Component Area Option) 1st or 2nd year4
Degree Specific Requirements
CSTE 1330Introduction To Computers3
or BUAD 1305 Electronic Communications Tech
Select one of the following:3
Intro To Technical Writing
Argument And Persuasion
Designing Written Documents
Advanced Composition
Major Core
UNIV 4301Gen Studies Capstone Project (4th year)3
Minor Area 1 - 3rd or 4th year 118
Minor Area 2 - 3rd or 4th year 118
Minor Area 3 - 3rd or 4th year 118
Select 15 hours of electives 115
Total Hours120

Some minors require more than 18 semester credit hours. This will impact the number of elective hours required and the total hours required for the BGS.