Bachelor in General Studies (B.G.S.)
The Bachelor in General Studies, a self-designed interdisciplinary degree, has many requirements in common with the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. To explore or declare B.G.S., or for major-related support once you have declared, please make a general advising appointment. Click the schedule button, select the General Advising category, and then select "Bachelor of General Studies Degree" as the reason for the appointment.
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 the LSA language requirement.
- 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 ARABAM, ASIANPAM, LATINOAM, NATIVEAM), 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 department 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 credits.
- 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 a supplemental studies program may overlap with the 60 upper-level credits required by the B.G.S. (however, none currently exist).
- 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.
We celebrate the Bachelor in General Studies graduates in an intimate commencement ceremony and reception held once a year during the weekend of the University’s Spring Commencement. Our next commencement celebration will be on May 3, 2024 at 4:00pm. Invitations with further details will be sent directly to B.G.S. graduates during the winter term. B.G.S students who graduated in Fall 2023 term or who will graduate in Winter or Summer 2024 term are invited to participate in this year's commencement ceremony.
B.G.S. Frequently Asked Questions