General Studies

General Studies Program

General Studies Program

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree is an interdisciplinary degree program that will allow students to design their course of study by selecting two subject areas of choice. In addition to the standard Texas Core Curriculum, the BGS Program consists of required courses and two subject areas. Each subject area requires 12 upper division semester credit hours of the same course prefix. 

One subject area must be housed in the College of Education and Liberal Arts:

  • English
  • Criminal Justice
  • History
  • Instructional Technology
  • Leadership
  • Mass Communication
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

No more than one subject from a Business discipline. Education, Special Education, and Bilingual Education may not be chosen as a subject area. The BGS Program may not be used for undergraduate Teacher Certification Students. 

BGS students can intern and work in a variety of career sectors from non-profit organizations to for profit organizations.

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Featured Courses


ITED 350 - Technology and Digital Literacy

This course is designed to assist students with developing skills for using web applications and mobile computing. The activities in the course assist students with promoting critical thinking and problem-solving skills by engaging them with digital tools being used in daily life. Topics covered include: technology in society, computers and digital components, the internet- how it works and making the most of web resources , applications for work and play, and systems software- operating systems, utilities and file management, information technology ethics, understanding and assessing hardware, digital devices and media and protection, information technology careers, software programming, databases and information systems, networking and security. There is an emphasis on using the Microsoft Office Suite of Products in this course including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.

LEAD 305 - Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practices

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to leadership by focusing on what it means to be a good leader. Emphasis in the course is on the practice of leadership. The course will examine topics such as: the nature of leadership, recognizing leadership traits, developing leadership skills, creating a vision, setting the tone, listening to out-group members, overcoming obstacles, and addressing values in leadership. 

MGT 321 - Organizational Behavior

This class examines the study of human behavior in complex organizations with emphasis on individual, small group, and inter-group behavior and how it affects and is affected by the organization in pursuit of organizational goals.

PSY 320 - Psychology of Interpersonal Interaction

The course examines the processes of social interaction, using the perspective of psychological theory and research. Topics include the growth of relationships, love, social exchange, impression management, communication, jealousy, loneliness, and games people play. Techniques for improving interactions are considered