Bachelor General Studies
The bachelor of general studies degree is designed for self-motivated students who desire a broad arts and sciences degree with an interdisciplinary perspective. Instead of pursuing a traditional major, the BGS student creates, with the consent of a faculty advisor, an individualized plan of study around a coherent interdisciplinary theme, period, set of problems, specialization or perspective not currently available through the combining of a traditional major and minor. See below for examples of interdisciplinary areas of concentration.
The BGS degree is not intended for individuals interested in pursuing teacher certification.
Students interested in the bachelor of general studies degree must have a 3.5 GPA, and are encouraged to apply for the program before the end of their sophomore year.
The BGS degree requires the completion of a minimum of 120 hours as follows:
1. University Core Curriculum--42 hours
2. BGS Core 42 hours (at least 36 hours upper level)
History, English--9 hours
Communication, Journalism--6 hours
Fine Arts--6 hours
Social Sciences or Psychology--9 hours
Science, Math, Computer Science--9 hours (at least two disciplines must be represented)
3. Interdisciplinary Area of Concentration 21 hrs. (min.)-27 hrs. (max.) (at least 18 hrs. upper level)
4. Capstone Senior Project: BGST 4200 2 hours
5. Electives (must be from outside areas of concentration) 6-12 hours
Note: Courses taken in the BGS core and in the area of concentration are in addition to those required in the core curriculum. A maximum of nine hours of BGS core may count in the area of concentration and vice versa.
Developing an Interdisciplinary Area of Concentration
Once the student determines a possible interdisciplinary direction, a faculty advisor is selected, who will serve as the student's primary advisor. The primary advisor and student will select at least one other faculty member from another discipline to serve as a secondary advisor. The student, working with the primary and secondary advisors, prepares a degree plan and an area of concentration proposal. The proposal includes objectives and goals of the interdisciplinary concentration. The degree plan and proposal, once approved by the primary and secondary advisors, must be approved by the Dean of the College.
- The area of concentration will focus on a coherent theme, period, set of problems, specialization, or perspective not currently available through the combining of a traditional major and minor.
- The area of concentration must be interdisciplinary, crossing two or more disciplines, one of which must be within the College of Arts and Sciences.
- No more than 12 hours in the area of concentration may be from one discipline.
Examples of interdisciplinary concentrations:
African American Studies (English, History, Sociology)
American Studies (History, Literature, Art)
Classical Studies (History, English, Philosophy)
Cognitive Sciences (Math, Psychology, Computer Science)
Environmental Studies (Philosophy, Biology, Political Science)
Health Communication (Journalism, Speech, Health)
Medieval Studies (English, History)
Women's Studies (English, History, Sociology)
Capstone Senior Project (BGST 4200)
Students will register for Senior Project (BGST 4200) in their final semester. This is a 2-credit capstone project in which the student prepares a project (e.g., research paper, web site, extensive annotated bibliography, etc.) under the guidance of the primary and secondary advisor. The project should be integrative. The student will also submit a capstone portfolio for evaluation. The capstone portfolio should contain major papers, tests and projects (all graded) completed during the BGS program; a personal statement regarding the BGS experience; and a resume.
Students interested in the BGS degree are encouraged to apply for the program before the end of their sophomore year. BGS degree plans should be approved before the student accumulates more than 90 hours.
Students desiring to pursue this degree program must have the approval of the BGS advisor,
Dr. Michael Millett, 903.566.7389 or 903.566.7389.