Bachelor of General Studies
What is the BGS degree?
The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree is an undergraduate degree specifically for adult learners who have delayed or interrupted their studies, or for whom their original major is no longer appropriate.
Thus, a student is required to have at least 75 earned credit hours with a overall GPA of 2.0 or higher and complete general studies, math and English composition before a BGS major can be declared.
The BGS degree is designed to be multidisciplinary and have maximum flexibility to suit the needs of a wide variety of students.
The BGS will allow you to build a custom concentration out of two minors, rather than a single content focus while meeting all bachelor's degree requirements.
Your path to a bachelor’s degree will be built around your unique college credit history, and, if applicable, incorporate transfer credits and past major-specific work.
Please speak to an advisor to develop a degree path based on your unique college credit history.
- BGS Custom Minor Worksheet [pdf]
- BGS Custom Minor Worksheet Example [pdf]
- Major Declaration [pdf]
- Major Declaration Example [pdf]
- Minor Declaration Forms
- Applied Learning Courses for the BGS [pdf]
All general education requirements can be met with MWSU online courses, and several minors are also offered online. Minors that are available entirely online include:
- criminal justice
- health informatics and information management
- childhood studies
Students receiving the BGS degree are subject to the following degree requirements:
- Completion of a minimum of 124 credits, including 45 from a senior college (100 level and above)
- Completion of a minimum of 30 credits in upper level coursework with at least 15 credits earned at Missouri Western
- Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at Missouri Western
- Participation in departmental and campus wide assessment efforts
- Earn an overall GPA of at least a 2.0 and a GPA of at least 2.0 in each concentration
The BGS degree consists of two concentrations:
- The first concentration must be an existing Missouri Western minor.
- The second concentration must be either an existing Missouri Western minor or a custom concentration modeled after a major or minor degree program at a regionally accredited institution.
- The second concentration must contain a minimum of 18 hours of courses that do not duplicate courses in the first concentration.
- One of the concentrations must have a credit bearing applied learning component.
- A minimum 2.0 GPA is required in each concentration and no more than 2 Ds are allowed in both concentrations combined.
- Must contain a minimum of 9 hours 300 level or above.
- Students should work closely with a faculty advisor in ensuring that a custom concentration represents a coherent curriculum.
- Custom concentrations require the approval of the area dean, and the curriculum must be detailed on the BGS Custom Concentration Form and submitted with the Major Declaration Form.