Bachelor of Arts/Science in General Studies (BGS)
- Be a student in good standing at Southern Utah University
- Have obtained at least 90 earned credits from an accredited higher education institution
- Must have a minimum cumulative SUU GPA of 2.0
- Demonstrate an appropriate mastery of a body of knowledge and intellectual skill set typical of an individualized approach to educational inquiry
- Synthesize knowledge from the discipline selected for their plan of study in order to solve problems.
- Demonstrate intellectual and practical skills, including inquiry and analysis skills, creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication.
Students seeking admission to the General Studies program must meet the following admission requirements:
Students must also gain departmental approval from which the majority of credits originate for the proposed plan of study.
Admissions stipulation: Except in extenuating circumstances and with permission of the Dean of University College, students who are within 15 credits of completing an established SUU major are not eligible to complete a Bachelor of Arts/Science in General Studies.
The General Studies major provides maximum flexibility for the student who wishes to embrace a broad educational program of study while maintaining a focus on personal, career or professional goals.
This major is a customized program in which the student, in collaboration with and under the guidance of experts in the field of interest, undertakes the responsibility for the design of an undergraduate degree with an emphasis in a selected area of study that reflects their particular personal and professional interests. The program is intended for independent-minded, self-directed adult learners who have, at minimum, earned 90 college credits from a regionally accredited college or university.
Before a student is accepted into this program, they will propose a program of study consistent with their educational goals which is reviewed and approved by an academic advisor and the Dean of the appropriate academic college or school, or his or her designee, in consultation with faculty from the college. All approved plans will be required to have academic rigor and integrity; be consistent with the broad undergraduate competencies of the academic area granting the degree; and be in harmony with the career or professional goals of the student.
Learning Goals and Outcomes
The primary goal of the General Studies major is to be a platform for scholarship designed to meet a student’s unique educational objectives. Given the broad array of specified degree options available at Southern Utah University, it is expected that the vast majority of students will select one of the standard majors. The General Studies major is designed to meet the needs of a small number of students seeking the opportunity to create a more customized program of study. Given the nature of this degree program, learning objectives for each student will be unique.
It is expected that graduates of this program will:
Interested in seeing how the General Studies major might work for you?
The advisor for the General Studies major is Katya Konkle. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
To speak to Katya about the General Studies major, please call the Academic Advising Office at (435) 586-5420 to set up an appointment. If you know your T-Number, you can schedule an appointment online by visiting https://sars.suu.edu/eSARS/AcademicAdvising/eSARS.asp. Both in-person and phone appointments are available.
To apply/reapply to SUU, visit the Admissions Office’s website at http://suu.edu/prostu.