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A Bachelor of General Studies degree (abbreviated BGS) is an undergraduate academic degree offered by many colleges and universities in the Western world.[citation needed] The history of the general studies concept is coeval with that of the medieval European university under the formal Latin designation studium generale.[citation needed]

The BGS program enables students to design a unique degree plan while meeting their academic institution's general requirements. This flexibility allows students to complete a bachelor's degree that offers an element of individualism absent in many other degrees specific to a particular discipline.[citation needed] A BGS holds the same value as other degrees in liberal arts or sciences, such as the Bachelor of Arts (abbreviated B.A., BA, A.B., or AB) and Bachelor of Science (abbreviated B.S., BS, B.Sc., or BSc) degrees, and is often regarded as an interdisciplinary degree.[citation needed]

In the United States, hundreds of colleges and universities offer BGS programs. Students typically can choose from concentrations in a variety of areas. Examples include Western Illinois University, University of Michigan, [1] , University of Kansas, University of Connecticut,[2] University of Miami,[3] California University of Management and Technology (CALMAT), University of Nebraska at Omaha,[4] William Carey University[5], and Charter Oak State College, which offers a BGS degree with a wide variety of concentration options.[6] Regent University is one of few Christian universities to offer a general studies degree.[7]

Despite its name, Columbia University School of General Studies does not offer a Bachelor of General Studies degree.[8]


  1. ^ "Bachelor in General Studies - U-M LSA Newnan Advising Center".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2014-02-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "The University of Miami Division of Continuing & International Education".
  4. ^ "Division of Continuing Studies - University of Nebraska Omaha".
  5. ^ "General Studies Program | William Carey University". Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  6. ^ "Bachelor's Degree in General Studies with Concentrations". Charter Oak State College.
  7. ^ "Associate of Arts (AA) in General Studies Online & VA - Regent University".
  8. ^ "Majors and Concentrations < School of General Studies - Columbia University".