Degree Program Overview

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree is an interdisciplinary degree that allows students to design a curriculum that meets individual goals by connecting the Texas core curriculum, 3 academic minors, one General Studies capstone course, and appropriate supporting courses. Each minor must contain 18 hours unique only to that major. During the senior year, BGS majors will complete the capstone course (UNIV 4301) in which the student will complete a project that requires the integration of knowledge and ideas from the three areas of study. The BGS may now be earned as a fully online degree.

Advising for students in the BGS program is now available in the Student Advising and Mentoring Center. You may also explore BGS degree options on your own using the "What If" Degree Audit in DegreeWorks.

Course description information for the Bachelor of General Studies capstone course, UNIV 4301


  • Students must be juniors or seniors 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 with an academic advisor.
  • Students must have declared a BGS major and have a minimum 2.0 overall GPA to register for UNIV 4301.
  • Specific requirements for completion of the BGS degree may be viewed here.
  • View the General Studies BGS brochure (.pdf)

    Declaration of Major

    An undergraduate student declares General Studies as his or her major by completing the Bachelor of General Studies Declaration of Major form. This form must be signed by both the student's academic advisor and the coordinator of the Bachelor of General Studies program.

    A student in the Bachelor of General Studies program selects three undergraduate minors from a list of eligible minors when completing the Declaration of Major form; the list of minors is also available on this page by clicking the "Available Minors" button below. Certain minor combinations may not be allowed if coursework is duplicative.  Please consult with the BGS program coordinator to ensure that the proposed combination of minors is appropriate.

    Undergraduate Application Deadlines

    • Fall: August 1
    • Spring: December 1
    • Summer I: May 15
    • Summer II: June 15