Bachelor of General Studies


The Bachelor of General Studies program is designed to be a flexible liberal arts degree that also allows students to create their own, individualized program of study.

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 online choosing from a smaller, but growing, list of minors.

A bachelor’s degree in general studies is well suited for individuals who prefer not to choose a specific major. General studies students fulfill their general education requirements by taking a broad range of courses in the arts, sciences and humanities. Instead of focusing on one specific major, they choose two minors, which may or may not be related.


How the Bachelor of General Studies meets its students’ needs:


  • Liberal arts degree that meets the needs of the College of Charleston’s traditions and values
  • Program 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
  • What can you do with your degree?


  • Banking
  • Public Relations
  • Human Resources Management
  • Project Management
  • Government Services
  • Brand Manager
  • Marketing Communications
  • More!

  • Online Options

    Complete your degree online by choosing from a growing list of our online minors:
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Healthcare and Medical Services Management
  • Business
  • Communication

  • Courses are offered completely online or Live Online, which enables students to conveniently complete their degree.

    Required Course Work

    The BGS program requires students to fulfill the College’s general education requirements, complete the requirements of two minors;

  • a minimum of 24 credits hours at the 300-level or higher
  • Introduction to the Bachelor of General Studies (BGST 101)
  • 4-credit hour senior synthesis seminar (BGST 400)
  • complete elective courses to earn a total of 122 credit hours

  • How to Apply

    The Bachelor of General Studies is available entirely online.

    We have enrollment coordinators to help you throughout the admissions process.

    We will be happy to review your credits earned during high school or from other higher education institutions to see how they might transfer.

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    Meet Our Enrollment Team

    Carla A. Stewart

    Director of Student Support Services

    843.953.3475


    Chanel Mariette

    Recruitment Manager

    843.953.3419