General Studies

General Studies

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree offers students an alternative to degrees that focus on a single area of study or prepare them for a specific profession. The BGS degree may also serve the needs of those who return to the University in order to better their professional opportunities.


In addition to the required 35 general education hours, BGS students choose three areas of concentration as listed below. The primary area of concentration requires 30 hours, at least 15 of that must be junior/senior (3000/4000 level) resident hours. The secondary two areas require 12 hours each, with at least nine resident hours within the two areas. To fulfill the expected 120 hours, there are ample opportunities to take electives from any area of interest. Completion of degree requires 40 junior/senior hours.

Areas of Concentration – Bachelor of General Studies

Natural Sciences

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Geology
  • Industrial Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Science/Physics
  • Plant Science
  • Nursing

  • Art and Design
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • Mass Communication
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Speech
  • Theatre
  • Humanities
Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social Work

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Economics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • General Business
  • Finance

  • Agricultural Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Education
  • Middle School Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Exercise Science
  • HKR
  • Recreation
*MATH 2053, MATH 2063, AGED 3003, AGED 4003, AGED 4013, AGED 4023, and EDUC/PSYC 3013 cannot be used in concentration areas other than Education. PHED courses may not be used.

Other Requirements

  1. The student must complete a total of 120 hours, with 40 upper-division hours.
  2. Three (3) hours foreign language. This requirement will not be met by completing a foreign language course to fulfill the fine arts/foreign language General Education requirement.
  3. Degree plan must be filed in registrar’s office with application no later than third class day in the prior semester before scheduled graduation.
  4. No courses may be double counted.
  5. Students must maintain a 2.00 grade point average.



College of Liberal & Performing Arts

Hours Required: 120
Categories: Major, Undergraduate
The bachelor of general studies degree offers to students an alternative to other degrees which focus on a single area or prepares one for a profession. It may also serve the needs of those who return to the University in order to better their professional opportunities.

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Program Contact

Dr. Helmut Langerbein
Dean, College of Liberal & Performing Arts

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Online Courses and Completion

Depending on the areas of concentration and department course offerings, it is possible to complete the BGS degree partially or entirely online. However, because of the nature of the BGS degree with its variety of concentrations and electives, the University cannot insure that students will be able to enroll in the online courses they need each semester. Please contact the scheduling departments or consult the Undergraduate Catalog for course offerings and rotations.

Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) – 60 hours

The associate of arts degree in General Studies is offered to students who complete a minimum of 60 semester hours, which must include general education requirements. Students must have a 2.00 or higher grade point average, meet residency requirements, and apply for the degree.

Julian Owens, BGS student

Julian Owens, BGS student

“I chose the Bachelor of General Studies degree because of the flexibility the program offers. I feel that I will have endless career opportunities because I did not limit myself to one specific program. I chose Business as my main area of concentration, followed by Education and Social Science. I have taken a broad range of courses while at SAU and I feel that it will benefit me in many ways. I have always had a passion for children but I have had ideas about having my own business. I started working at a daycare my first semester of college and discovered that owning my own daycare would be the best of both worlds. I would get to work with children, but also have my own business. Through the BGS I was able to customize a program that allowed me to take courses and learn about the things that were of interest to me, instead of following one generic degree plan. I have taken courses ranging from Sociology and Child Growth and Development to Quantitative Analysis and Accounting. I feel that the BGS has helped me develop a more well-rounded education than any program I could have chosen.”