The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) is an interdisciplinary degree that allows students to design a curriculum that meets individual goals by connecting three Sam Houston State University minors, a capstone General Studies course, the Texas core curriculum, and appropriate supporting elective courses. During the senior year, BGS majors will complete the capstone course (UNIV 4301) in which the individual student will complete a project that requires the integration of knowledge and ideas from the three areas of study. UNIV 4301 is offered in spring semesters only.
- Students must be in good standing with at least a 2.0 overall GPA to declare a BGS major.
- Prior to declaration, students must attend an information session and complete and submit an application.
- Students must have declared a BGS major and have a minimum 2.0 overall GPA to register for UNIV 4301
- Students must have 42 advanced hours to graduate.
Students in the BGS program will be advised in the SAM Center.
Declaration of Major and Available Minors
The list of minors can be found on the Declaration of Major form. Certain minor combinations may not be allowed if coursework is duplicative. Please consult with the BGS program coordinator to insure that the proposed combination of minors is appropriate.
To explore various combinations of minors, please use the "What If" Degree Audit in DegreeWorks. Instructions are available here.
The BGS curriculum provides students with opportunities for professional advancement as well as personal enrichment. It is a broad-based degree program that demonstrates to employers and peers alike that the student has the self-discipline and intelligence to complete a university-level program in a variety of subject areas.
Graduates of BGS programs find employment in a variety of areas, but the program typically serves as a prerequisite for a professional career or as a stepping stone to an advanced college degree in another discipline.