A Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree is a flexible, highly individualized degree; it's a great way to develop a personalized major or to complete a bachelor's degree in a timely manner.
General studies majors work closely with academic advisors to ensure requirements are met and to help students shape their studies to meet their interests and goals.
Many students come to Minot State University to take required general education coursework. Thanks to North Dakota's General Education Requirements Transfer Agreement (GERTA), general education credits earned at most institutions can transfer to Minot State. Find out more information about how credits transfer.
General Studies degree goals
The general studies degree is designed to help students:
- Develop intellectual, social, cultural and problem-solving skills
- Customize his/her university degree
- Think and live creatively, critically, intuitively, and rationally
- Understand and influence their world
What can I do with a BGS degree?
A BGS degree provides basic preparation for many careers and graduate programs, including business, education, law, government, health care, real estate, social service, and private industry. BGS students may go on to graduate programs such as business, fine arts, law, and more.
Worth the effort
A college degree - any kind of college degree - is worth earning. College graduates are more likely to:
- Find employment, even in times of recession
- Make more money over their lifetime
- Have professionally satisfying and stimulating careers
Minot State University
Many students choose Minot State University because it's small and affordable. Our professors know students by name and have a genuine interest in their success. Outside the classroom, our instructors are engaged in real-world professional endeavors and research projects in which they often involve students - even freshmen. This is a campus where you will learn by doing.
Complete BGS online
Are you a transfer student or someone that stopped out? Then consider this degree. We offer more than 200 classes and nine bachelor's degrees online, including the Bachelor of General Studies degree. There's no more flexible way to get an education. It's the perfect way to explore your options. And you can take classes at your own pace.
General Studies Program
Student Success Center
Phone: 701-858-3996 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3996