Bachelor of General Studies (BGS)

The Bachelor of General Studies is a broad multidisciplinary degree designed for individuals who have at least 60 hours of college credit.  If a student has not completed 60 hours they will work with an Academic Advisor to complete UCA’s lower division Core program and at least 60 hours of credit. In any case, the lower division Core program must be completed.  Interested students should contact an Academic Advisor for the College of Liberal Arts. These advisors are Cheryl Theall and Jessica Remetic.

The program in General Studies requires 60 hours. Students will be required to focus in two or three broad concentrations of 18 or 12 hours each. The student will complete 36 upper division hours within these concentrations, with the remaining degree hours (24 hours) to include electives chosen by the student with his or her adviser. These concentration hours must be UCA courses. These concentrations include: American studies, education, global studies, health science, humanities, and social sciences. Appropriate electives may substitute for courses in a concentration with permission of the student’s advisor and the Director of the BGS program. Students are assigned an advisor within the College of Liberal Arts. Students may complete a minor, but a minor is not required. Students must complete UCA’s upper division Core requirements; there are a number of options to fulfill the capstone Core requirement, such as capstone courses in programs that are open to all students, and the General Studies Capstone course (GEST 4380).  Some course are offered online, and certain concentrations can be completed online; see UCA Online.

For more information, please visit the Undergraduate Bulletin page.


Bachelor of General Studies – major checksheet