May 29, 2023
(CIP = 24.0101) (BGS)
TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120
USF’s Bachelor of General Studies Degree (B.G.S.) is a customized, interdisciplinary degree completion program that provides students with options to choose an appropriate academic program that fits their educational and professional goals. The B.G.S. major provides mid-career, adult students with the opportunity to integrate completion of the baccalaureate degree into their established lifestyle.
B.G.S. students will take an active role in creating their academic plans. Rather than choosing a traditional major, B.G.S. students can choose from a number of established plans of study or can create their own individualized plan of study. B.G.S. students complete 24-27 credits (core courses and electives) within a selected concentration in addition to their other degree requirements. Due to the nature of degree completion programs, please note the following admissions requirements: a gap in education of 3 or more years, at least 60 credits earned at a regionally accredited college or university, good academic standing and extensive work experience. In addition to these requirements, all applicants must meet USF’s general admissions standards for transfer students. Students pursuing a Bachelor of General Studies degree are restricted from declaring a minor, due to USF’s degree progression policy.
Students may not pursue the Bachelor of General Studies as a second major, co-degree (concurrent degree), dual degree, or second or post-baccalaureate degree. Baccalaureate degree holders who wish to pursue further education are encouraged to pursue admission into a graduate degree program of study.
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students desiring to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the University’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this program. All Florida College System students are encouraged to complete the Associate degree. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area at the intended transfer institution.
Major Core (3 Credit Hours)
Upon acceptance to the B.G.S. major, students will complete the necessary coursework to reach 120 credit hours. The 120 credit hour requirement includes completing the following:
- USF Enhanced General Education requirements (based on your assigned catalog year) or approved equivalents - unless General Education credits were completed at another Florida institution.
- All USF exit requirements.
- Foreign Language Requirement.
- One or two disciplinary concentrations selected by the student and approved by the advisor.
- A minimum of 42 semester hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above).
USF Capstone EXIT Requirement:
A minimum grade of C- or better must be attained in each concentration course.
At least 30 of the last 60 credit hours must be earned at USF Tampa.
All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 , IDS 4914 or IDH 4910 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.
The following B.G.S. Areas of Concentration are offered fully or partially online:
- Criminal Justice (fully online)
- Educational Foundations (partially online)
- Environmental Policy (partially online)
- Information Studies: Information Architecture (fully online)
- Public Administration (fully online)
- Public Health (fully online)
- Urban Studies (partially online)
Consult advisor for availability of online course offerings.
Educational Foundations (GEF)
(CIP = 24.0101)
Students who enroll in Educational Foundations will explore the impact society has had on learning and education. Coursework provides opportunities for students to study the learning process including assessment, perspectives of diverse learners, the organization of schooling, and its links to broader political and historical contexts, the potential of educational systems to bring about social change. The Educational Foundations concentration can be a valuable program addition for students pursuing careers in social and behavioral sciences, law, and youth services among many other career fields. The concentration is appropriate for non-teacher education majors who want to enhance their understanding of educational institutions and the learning process and for those who intend to apply to graduate school in an education program.
Total Concentration Hours: 24
Concentration Core (15 Credit Hours)
Concentration Electives (6 Credit Hours)
Any six (6) credit hours of 3000-4000 level coursework with the following prefixes: EDE, EDF, EDG, EDP, EEC, EVT, FLE, LAE, or TSL.
Note: Courses restricted to College of Education majors, field experience and/or internship courses will not be approved as electives for the concentration.
Plan of Study
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