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Prospective Students

Choose B.G.S. because it is a good fit for you and your academic goals.

If you want to...

  • author your own degree,

  • design a coherent interdisciplinary program centered around a theme or question,

  • work with faculty in diverse disciplines, and

  • synthesize these variegated experiences

B.G.S. is the degree program for you. B.G.S. is excellent preparation for graduate and professional schools, which demand interdisciplinary thinking, including law, public policy, social work, public health, and business. B.G.S. allows you to explore the liberal arts/LSA curriculum beyond the introductory level since a minimum of 60 credits of upper-level (300-level and above) coursework is required.  As the student-centered degree you have incredible flexibility to integrate your academic interests and complement these with study abroad and transfer credits.

While B.G.S. has great potential for formulating an individualized interdisciplinary program, there are some possible challenges:

  • Many upper-level courses have prerequisites including some that are enforced at registration. So plan ahead!

  • Many departments reserve seats for majors only, particularly in their upper-level capstone seminars. It may be possible to get the instructor’s permission.·        

  • Science emphases pose greater challenges because of the 100- and 200-level prerequisites required for upper-level courses.

  • Lack of obvious intellectual academic community. You may have to seek your community through faculty office hours, study groups, and working groups in your classes. There are hundreds of B.G.S. graduates in the global community, but you may not recognize them on the Diag.

  • B.G.S. students cannot post a minor, although some BGS students look to minors as models for structuring their programs.

  • B.G.S. students cannot complete a second degree after graduation, but can complete a concurrent joint degree with another School or College at the University of Michigan.

  • A B.G.S. student must educate others about the interdisciplinary content of his/her degree.  We recommend that you write on a resume, “ Degree expected/conferred: Bachelor in General Studies, an interdisciplinary degree requiring 60 credits of upper-level work. My areas of focus are Q, R, S with an emphasis in Y.”