Overview of Degree

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) on-campus degree in the College of Arts and Science (A&S) is available to students who, after three or more semesters of study, have found that they cannot meet their academic goals in one particular discipline. BGS degree requirements allow students to build an individualized major that is multidisciplinary and reflects their personal academic interests.

Students with 45 or more credit hours are attracted to BGS for various reasons: timely degree completion, employment requirements, professional advancement, personal fulfillment, or further study at the graduate level. Students who are unable to gain entrance into competitive programs at MU or have switched majors several times are drawn to BGS because it allows them to utilize past credits while pursuing courses that correspond to changed interests or goals.

A minimum of 120 credit hours--comprised of MU general education requirements, A&S foundation requirements, and BGS major requirements--are needed to complete the BGS degree. BGS students complete fewer A&S foundation requirements in the Social/Behavioral Sciences and Humanities than students pursuing other A&S degrees; furthermore, they are not required to complete a foreign language sequence.

The BGS major requirements consist of 45 credit hours evenly distributed between three academic areas called components. A component consists of courses from a single department or from multiple departments that relate thematically. One of the three components must be an A&S department, while the remaining two components may be departments from other MU divisions. A component is made up of 15 hours with 6 of them numbered 3000 or higher.

In accordance with A&S policy that students may not earn a major and a minor in the same field, BGS students may not earn a minor in the same field or department as one of their component areas. Nor may any courses in a minor that a student is claiming be used in any component area in the BGS major.

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