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General Studies

Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.)

College: Undergraduate Studies


Arkansas State University offers the Bachelor of General Studies degree through Undergraduate Studies. The program is designed to give students the opportunity to develop a personalized program of study to meet their professional, academic, and personal aspirations. Through a multidisciplinary curriculum, the program attempts to provide a unique, rigorous, and flexible learning pathway for that segment of student population with specific educational and career interests that would not otherwise be met by a traditional degree track or major.

By tailoring the major, students develop a plan of study that provides curricular opportunities to explore multiple disciplines (department and/or college) and increase skills in critical analysis, problem solving, and professional competencies. The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) program equips students with the aptitude needed to be successful in an array of professional settings and provides an essential academic undergraduate foundation for those seeking to pursue a graduate- level degree for career advancement.

Admission Process

Admission standards for students seeking to enroll in the Bachelor of General Studies are similar to those required of applicants who seek to enroll in other four-year programs of this university.

In consultation with the academic advisor, students determine the composition of their own plan of study.  Students must select a minimum of 18 hours of course work in three areas of emphasis. A minimum of 12 hours of upper-level course work is required in each of the three emphasis areas. Emphases may include most areas in which A-State offers a major or minor, or another area as approved by the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies.  Students pursuing this degree are responsible for having on record a complete planned program of study approved by the academic advisor. Students are also responsible for complying with the general academic regulations of the university as well as all other university policies and requirements. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average will be required within the emphasis areas, as well as a 2.0 average for all core courses and course work at A-State and a 2.0 average on all coursework presented for gradu­ation. With the exception of laboratory courses, no more than three one-credit courses can be applied to an emphasis area (i.e., physical education activity, music ensembles, etc.). The number of semester hours earned in the College of Business is limited to thirty (30) or fewer. The program does not duplicate the offerings of the other colleges of the university, but may include curriculum offerings of any college. 

Students seeking a minor must use classes independently of those used in an area of emphasis. Students seeking a double major concurrently with their General Studies degree or students who have completed a degree and are returning to complete a degree in General Studies may only apply their general education courses toward an additional second program of study.