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B.G.S. Requirements

The Bachelor in General Studies, a self-designed interdisciplinary degree, has many requirements in common with the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science.

The B.G.S. is unique in that:

  • It does not require completion of distribution (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, etc.).
  • It does not require completion of second language proficiency.
  • It does not require a major.
  • It DOES require 60 credits of coursework elected at the 300-level or above.

Requirements specific to the 60 upper-level credits:

  • No more than 20 credit hours of upper-level courses may be counted from a single department. If an academic department has several subjects (e.g., American Culture includes divisions of Arab American Studies, Asian/ Pacific Islander American Studies,  Latina/o American Studies, Native American Studies), a B.G.S. student may elect a maximum 20 credit hours of upper-level courses from each subject to complete the minimum 60 credit hours.
  • Students may complete more than 20 credit hours in a single division provided that only 20 upper-level credits count toward the 60-credit minimum (e.g., 25 credit hours of upper-level courses may be completed in psychology provided that 65 upper-level credit hours are completed). Thus, the number of lower-level credits need not be half of the 120 total.
  • A cross-listed course may count toward any one of the departments regardless of the department noted on the transcript.
  • At least 40 of these upper-level credits must be LSA.
  • Students may include coursework from as many departments and subjects necessary to meet the 60 credits minimum. Typically B.G.S. students have 7–9 departments or subjects represented in their upper-level coursework. B.G.S. is NOT 20-20-20.
  • One course from PitE or Graham Sustainability Supplemental Studies may overlap with the 60 upper-level credits required by B.G.S.
  • A B.G.S. student must earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in the courses used to meet the requirement of 60 upper-level credits.