Bachelor of General Studies

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree is an interdisciplinary degree program that will allow students to design their course of study by selecting two subject areas of choice. In addition to the standard Texas Core Curriculum, the BGS Program consists of required courses and two subject areas. Each subject area requires 12 upper division semester credit hours of the same course prefix.  

One subject area must be housed in the College of Education and Liberal Arts which includes:

  • English
  • Criminal Justice
  • History
  • Instructional Technology
  • Leadership
  • Mass Communication
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

No more than one subject from a Business discipline. Education, Special Education, and Bilingual Education may not be chosen as a subject area. The BGS Program may not be used for undergraduate Teacher Certification Students.  

An Interdisciplinary Studies concentration area can be used with the following stipulations:

  • The student must be a junior or senior that is a former BSIS EC-6 major or with a plethora of hours with the urgent need to graduate.
  • The student cannot be a freshman or sophomore  and choose I.S. as their concentration area.
  • The I.S. concentration area must be approved by a BGS advisor.

BGS students can intern and work in a variety of career sectors from non-profit organizations to for profit organizations.

Bachelor of General Studies (BGS)

Students should refer to their DegreeWorks degree audit in their Web for Students account for more information regarding their degree requirements.

Major Requirements
General Education Requirements42
AAS 1100University Foundations for Adult Learners1
MCOM 380Advanced Professional Communication3
ENG 340Advanced Expository Writing (EL)3
or ENG 350 Technical Writing
ITED 350Technologies for Instruction, Learning, and Communication3
LEAD 310Leadership Theory and Practice3
AAS 490Action Research Strategies 13
Select one of the following:
Organizational Behaviors
Psychology of Interpersonal Interaction
Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practices
Subject Area #1
Upper Division from Same Discipline Prefix Number12
Subject Area #2
Upper Division from Same Discipline Prefix Number12
Electives (as neeed to meet minimum degree requirements including 45 semester credits of upper division)
3 semester credit hours upper division from any discipline3
Total Minimum Hours120

 Taken during final semester prior to graduation

Note: A minimum of 45 upper division hours are required for this degree. Resident credit totaling 25% of the hours is required for the degree.

Undergraduate Courses in General Studies

AAS 490. Action Research Strategies. 3 Hours.

As the summative course of the BAAS program, this course requires that students develop a research project with instructor approval. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the BAAS degree program, individualized plans of research will be designed for each participant. Students will complete the following: (1) develop a research agenda on an approved topic; (2) conduct both a literature review and an action research plan of the topic within the context of a specified setting; and (3) complete both an oral and a written report. Prerequisite: ENG 340 or ENG 350 or ENG 345, and AAS 390, plus senior standing.

ENG 340. Advanced Expository Writing (EL). 3 Hours.

This course advances individual writing ability by focusing upon analytical and rhetorical strategies through various exercises and the production of compositions. This course integrates the principles of Experiential Learning and meets criteria for undergraduate research. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 with a grade of C or better.

ITED 350. Technologies for Instruction, Learning, and Communication. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to develop a comfort with technology and its application to communication. Emphasis is placed on computer assisted presentations, software/hardware analysis, and the design and execution of instruction using electronic means. Previously offered as COMM 350.

LEAD 305. Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practices. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to leadership by focusing on what it means to be a good leader. Emphasis in the course is on the practice of leadership. The course will examine topics such as: the nature of leadership, recognizing leadership traits, developing leadership skills, creating a vision, setting the tone, listening to out-group members, overcoming obstacles, and addressing values in leadership. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.

LEAD 310. Leadership Theory and Practice. 3 Hours.

This course introduces leadership theory and practice. Students will develop an understanding of the behaviors and characteristics of leaders through the examination of current leadership models.

MCOM 380. Advanced Professional Communication. 3 Hours.

As students progress in their professional careers, advanced public speaking and presentations may be key to their success. This course will help students prepare and deliver presentations typical of governmental, business, educational and civil settings with focus on interview skills and intercultural communication.

MGT 321. Organizational Behaviors. 3 Hours.

This class examines the study of human behavior in complex organizations with emphasis on individual, small group, and inter-group behavior and how it affects and is affected by the organization in pursuit of organizational goals.

PSY 320. Psychology of Interpersonal Interaction. 3 Hours.

The course examines the processes of social interaction, using the perspective of psychological theory and research. Topics include the growth of relationships, love, social exchange, impression management, communication, jealousy, loneliness, and games people play. Techniques for improving interactions are considered. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (NOTE: This course replaces IS 320.).


Kelly Coke

Instructor & Program Advisor


Dr. Gaynell Green

Associate Professor


Lisa Myers