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For more information, visit the Bachelor of General Studies webpage.

The Bachelor of General Studies degree (BGS) is a degree-completion option for students who have completed significant coursework but not the requirements for a specific major. Through careful evaluation of coursework already completed at YSU or other colleges and universities, a degree completion plan is constructed for each student. The BGS may also be appropriate for students for whom a general bachelor's degree may lead to career advancement or for those students who seek the personal satisfaction of having completed a bachelor's degree.

Individuals who have a bachelor's degree are not eligible for the BGS degree, and the BGS degree may not be earned concurrently with another bachelor's degree.

All BGS students complete the requirements of the General Education curriculum (old or new). As such, the goals of the general education curriculum are met by BGS students. They are as follows:

  •  Write and speak effectively
  •  Acquire, process, and present quantitative and qualitative information using the most appropriate technologies, including computers
  •  Reason critically, both individually and collaboratively; draw sound conclusions from information, ideas, and interpretations gathered from various sources and disciplines; and apply those conclusions to one's life and society

The specific requirements for the completion of the Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) degree are as follows:

A 48-semester-hour concentration with at least 24 s.h. of upper-division credit comprised of:

COURSE TITLE S.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics Requirement3
Arts and Humanities (6 s.h.)6
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 with lab) (6-7 s.h.)7
Social Science (6 s.h.)6
Social and Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)6
General Education Elective / First-Year Experience 3
Major Requirements
Two focus areas consisting of 18-24 s.h. each 136-48
Support courses0-12
An approved capstone course1-3
Completion of a Cultural/Diversity Requirement (Students are required to complete two classes from an approved list.)6
Elective Hours38
Total Hours Required for Degree: 120 s.h.

Learning Outcomes

All BGS students complete the requirements of the General Education curriculum (old or new). As such, the goals of the general education curriculum are met by BGS students. They are as follows:

  • Write and speak effectively  
  • Acquire, process, and present quantitative and qualitative information using the most appropriate technologies, including computers
  •  Reason critically, both individually and collaboratively; draw sound conclusions from information, ideas, and interpretations gathered from various sources and disciplines; and apply those conclusions to one's life and society

In addition BGS students are expected complete requirements specific to the program.  They are as follows:

  • Demonstrate preparedness for and the behaviors indicative of professionalism in the work environment
  • Analyze and synthesize a variety of texts
  • Produce capstone level research work

Appreciate importance and value of an interdisciplinary degree