Bachelor of General Studies Degree

Bachelor of General Studies Degree

Designed to accommodate the unique circumstances and needs of adult, transfer and military students, the Bachelor of General Studies Degree:

  • Offers over 50 areas of study and affords maximum flexibility of course selection and degree design.  Students may choose courses and areas of study to meet individual career goals or requirements, prepare for graduate study, or satisfy personal interests and aspirations.
  • Maintains its origins as a military/veteran-friendly degree and grants credit for military experience and education.
  • Facilitates student success through professional, personalized academic advising services.
  • Supports the geographic mobility through its residency policy and extensive array of course options.  Students can take classes online, on campus, or at off-campus locations, including Offutt Air Force Base.
  • Includes credit by examination provisions, enabling students to establish academic credit for acquired knowledge (e.g. CLEP, DSST).
  • Allows liberal acceptance of academic transfer credit from regionally accredited postsecondary institutions.
  • Offers an academic amnesty policy. This policy gives students the opportunity to improve their grade point average by retaking classes to replace low course grades earned within the University of Nebraska System.
  • Permits students to complete degree requirements of the UNO Catalog under which they entered the Division of Continuing Studies, allowing unforeseen interruption of studies without changes in degree requirements.
  • Features credit-granting policies for approved formal learning experiences obtained outside the college/university classroom (non-traditional credit).

To learn more about the Bachelor of General Studies Degree and the features listed above, contact an academic advisor in the Division of Continuing Studies: CPACS 207 | 402.554.2370 | www.unomaha.edu/dcs 

Bachelor of General Studies Degree Requirements

To complete the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Degree, a student must earn a minimum of 120 semester hours and maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average.  Twenty-four of the last 48 semester hours must be from UNO courses.  Thirty hours must be upper division courses numbered 3000-4000, including 9 hours from UNO in the area of concentration.  A grade of C- or above must be earned in all UNO General Education core courses and in all courses applied toward an area of concentration (Option I) or an area of emphasis (Option II).

The Bachelor of General Studies Degree is available through two options:

Option I generally requires a 30-credit area of concentration and two secondary fields of 12 credits each.  Option II requires three areas of emphasis of 15 credits each. 

Option I Requirements

Area of Concentration – 30 hours (minimum)

The required hours in the area of concentration can be from one particular discipline or a minimum of 21 credits can be used with a maximum of 9 credits in one allied field.

General Education Core – 41 hours

    3 hours           Intermediate Algebra

    3 hours           Public Speaking

    8 hours           Natural and Physical Sciences (one course with a lab)

    9 hours           English Composition and Writing

    9 hours           Humanities and Fine Arts

    9 hours           Social and Behavioral Sciences

 

Secondary Field #1 – 12 hours

Each secondary field must be pure; that is, all 12 credits must be from the same discipline.  The area of concentration cannot be used as a secondary field; however, the allied field (if any) may be used.  A secondary field can lead to a minor.

Secondary Field #2 – 12 hours

Electives – 25 hours
Electives may include any excess courses in general education, the area of concentration, or the secondary fields.

Cultural Diversity – 6 hours
Cultural diversity requirements include 3 hours in U. S. Diversity and 3 hours in Global Diversity.

Total = 120 hours (minimum)

Option II Requirements

Area of Emphasis #1 – 15 hours 

Each area of emphasis must be pure; that is, all 15 credits must be from the same discipline.  Six hours in two of the areas of emphasis (12 total hours) must be UNO upper division courses.

Area of Emphasis #2 – 15 hours 

Area of Emphasis #3 – 15 hours 

General Education Core – 41 hours

    3 hours           Intermediate Algebra

    3 hours           Public Speaking

    8 hours           Natural and Physical Sciences (one course with a lab)

    9 hours           English Composition and Writing

    9 hours           Humanities and Fine Arts

    9 hours           Social and Behavioral Sciences

Electives – 34 hours (minimum)
Electives may include any excess courses in general education, the area of concentration, or the secondary fields.

Cultural Diversity – 6 hours
Cultural diversity requirements include 3 hours in U. S. Diversity and 3 hours in Global Diversity.

Total = 120 hours (minimum)

Bachelor of General Studies Degree

Areas of Concentration

The curriculum of each BGS Area of Concentration is determined by the faculty of the respective academic department.  Area of Concentration curricular revisions are at the discretion of the academic department. 

Art

Aviation Studies

Behavioral Health

Biology

Black Studies

Civic Leadership

Communication Studies

Computer Science

Creative Writing

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Emergency Management

Engineering Physics

English

Environmental Studies

Fire Service Management

French

General Administration

General Science

Geography

Geology

German

Gerontology

Healthcare Administration

History

Information Assurance

Information Technology

International Studies

Latino / Latin American Studies

Library Science

Management Information Systems

Media Communication

Mathematics

Music

Native American Studies

Nonprofit Administration

Organizational Studies

Philosophy

Physics

Political Science

Psychology

Public Policy Studies

Recreation and Leisure Studies

Religion

Sociology

Spanish

Sustainability

Theatre

Urban Studies

Women’s and Gender Studies

Bachelor of General Studies Degree

Non-Traditional Credit

The Division of Continuing Studies grants non-traditional credit for formal training experiences evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) and the Board of Regents of the State of New York System (PONSI) and/or approved by the Division’s Faculty Academic Policy Committee (FAPC).  A maximum of 65 hours from non-traditional sources can be used in the Bachelor of General Studies Degree. 

The Division of Continuing Studies does not support portfolio or non-portfolio evaluation of students’ life experiences.  The Division and the FAPC rely on expert opinion to evaluate standardized training and examinations and believe that such a policy upholds the quality, integrity, and standards of the BGS Degree.  When appropriate, students may be encouraged to test for credit in areas they believe they are knowledgeable.

For more information about the Bachelor of General Studies Degree or to talk with an academic advisor, contact the Division of Continuing Studies in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS): CPACS 207 | 402.554.2370 | www.unomaha.edu/dcs