About the Bachelor of General Studies
The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) program is well suited for students who prefer not to choose a specific major, but want to design a unique degree program by choosing two minors. Students will complete the usual 122 hours of coursework, including general education requirements and electives, plus the requirements for two self-selected minors.
There are two options available to students to allow students to complete their degree given their current life and work situation. This program is available in person on the College of Charleston’s campus, or you can complete your degree 100% online by choosing from a smaller, but growing, list of minors.
A Totally Unique Degree Program
The flexibility of the BGS program provides you with a top-notch liberal arts education and allows you to create your own, individualized program of study. Be creative and build the degree that fits your academic needs.
You can choose from the list of minors available at the College of Charleston, or you can select from our list of online minors. If you choose from our online minors, this degree can be completed 100% online. We currently offer the following online minors:
- healthcare and medical services management
- project management
Meeting Students Needs
A Bachelor of General Studies degree
- is a liberal arts degree that aligns with the College of Charleston’s traditions and values
- is a program that can be completed online, in a classroom, or a mix of both
- expands students’ understanding of the wider world
- enhances students’ critical thinking and communication skills
- prepares students for life-long learning and adaptability to an ever changing global economic, social, political, and cultural landscape
Where can a Bachelor of General Studies degree take me?
- public relations
- human resources management
- project management
- government services
- brand manager
- marketing communications
- technical writer
- social worker
- software consultant
In addition, graduates can use their BGS degree to pursue further study in areas such as business, medicine, law, education, social work and more.
Take your courses Live Online!
What is Live Online?
Several of our courses offer what is called Live Online. Live Online is different from traditional online learning because you can connect face-to-face with your professors and peers through two-way video conferencing technology. Through this technology, you can join live class sessions and remain highly engaged in your courses. If you can’t make the scheduled class, you can watch a recording of the lecture at your convenience. You can even decide week-to-week whether to attend your classes in-person at the North Campus or through video conferencing.
The Bachelor of General Studies degree can be completed 100% online if you select one of the six available online minors.
Interested in a different program?
Check out our Bachelor of Professional Studies concentrations in
Thinking about a certificate?
Explore our certificate in project management and our certificate in Sustainable Business Solutions in the 21st Century.
Want more information?
The Bachelor of General Studies is a four-year degree program at the College of Charleston. Students can apply to this program with no college credit or some college credit. Our advisors will work with you to make sure you are achieving your personal and professional goals, whether that is to design a flexible degree or use your existing credits to complete your bachelor's degree quickly and efficiently.
To earn your BGS degree, students must complete
The School of Professional Studies has dedicated staff members who are happy to help you with your decision.
Meet Your Advisors:
Director of Admissions
Director of Student Support Services