Bachelor of General Studies Student Earns Honors

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Bachelor of General Studies student Joshua Petro was recently inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective multidisciplinary collegiate honors society.

Petro decided to major in Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) because the program offered him the flexibility he needed to earn his degree while studying a variety of topics that interest him.

“It’s my sixteenth major,” Petro said. “I kept going from one thing to another thing and I learned that there are a lot of things I love to learn.”

The BGS program allows students to choose two minors in order to complete their degree.

Petro has always had an interest in the environmental sector and chose entrepreneurship and environmental and sustainability studies as his two minors.

“I always knew I wanted to be in some kind of environmental field and entrepreneurship courses offered some kind of perspective for me,” Petro said.

Petro is one of the first students to declare BGS at the College of Charleston. One thing Petro likes about the program is its elasticity.

“I think one thing that is really awesome about the Bachelor of General Studies is that it isn’t a predefined track, so people don’t have stereotypes about it. If you’re a psychology major, people will tell you that you are going to be a psychologist. If you’re in anthropology, people will tell you to be an anthropologist. With the Bachelor of General Studies degree, you aren’t going to be a ‘general studiesist.’ It gives you the flexibility to communicate what you want to do,” Petro said.

Petro is a rising senior and still has time to figure out what is next for him, but he is considering graduate school. Because of the Bachelor of General Studies’ flexibility, he isn’t contained to just one career path.

Next semester, he is going to take his capstone, one of the required courses to complete the Bachelor of General Studies degree. Then, he’s on track to graduate in the May 2020 commencement ceremony.

To learn more about the BGS degree and its unique program design, please visit our website or contact your academic advisor.