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:

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?

  • banking
  • public relations
  • human resources management
  • project management
  • government services
  • brand manager
  • marketing communications
  • technical writer
  • social worker
  • software consultant
  • copywriter

In addition, graduates can use their BGS degree to pursue further study in areas such as business, medicine, law, education, social work and more.

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Required Coursework

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 College of Charleston's general education requirements
  • a minimum of 24 credit hours at the 300 level or higher
  • introduction to the Bachelor of General Studies (BGST 101)
  • a four-credit-hour senior synthesis seminar showcasing your chosen minors
  • the requirements for two minors
  • elective courses to total the usual 122 credit hours required to graduate

  • Questions?

    The School of Professional Studies has dedicated staff members who are happy to help you with your decision.

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