Bachelor of General Studies
This generalist's degree program is designed for students whose educational objectives are not aligned with a more traditional degree program. It offers a flexible, individualized curricula leading to a Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree. Through individualized advising, the program helps students define their educational goals and design interdisciplinary curricula drawing on a variety of course offerings. The program is also intended to allow a student who has completed most of the requirements of a major but has been unsuccessful in some required portion of an approved program to complete a degree in a timely manner.
General Studies Program Goals
- Facilitate completion of a bachelor's degree
- Ensure completion of General Education requirements
- Utilize flexible instruction methods to complete remaining coursework
- Encourage exploration of upper-division coursework
- Clarify and encourage academic and career goals
General Studies Program Outcomes
- Articulate how courses chosen for the degree contribute to intellectual, cultural, social, and personal growth
- Provide rationale for the courses selected for the degree and relate that selection to professional employment or further education.
- Apply for post-graduation opportunities.
The following minimum requirements are in place:
- 128 credits.
- 40 credits of 300-400 level course work.
- 30 credits earned in residence.
- 6 60 credits from a four-year college or university
- 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
- Completion of the General Education Requirements.
- Completion of MSU Diversity Requirements
- Students electing this degree program must register his/her intent with the Student Success Center Director who will serve as their advisor.
- Students pursuing a BGS degree are not permitted to declare any major, minor, or concentration.
- Students will be required to complete a BGS Survey and Essay in the last semester of their undergraduate program.