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Advance your career and complete your degree with a Bachelor of General Studies

In today’s job market, a college degree can mean a career boost. Do you already have up to 85 hours of coursework from an accredited institution toward your college degree? Are you looking for a way to make it official? Then the Bachelor of General Studies program is for you. You may be only 12 courses away from jump-starting your career with a Bachelor of General Studies degree from A&M-Commerce.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Online
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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generalstudies(bgs) Is this Program a Good Fit for You?

Is this Program a Good Fit for You?

  • If you are interested in hand-selecting the topics you study, this program may be a good fit for you. In this program, you will can delve deeper into any course of study you choose, from art to education and from computer science to social work.
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SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN GENERAL STUDIES

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PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

A degree in General Studies will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Move up the corporate ladder.
  • Transition into a new career.
  • Gain credibility in the marketplace.
  • Advance to graduate studies.
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Careers

There are as many career possibilities for a General Studies major as there are student backgrounds. Whether you want to enter marketing, science and technology, education, or management and beyond, there’s a career path waiting for you.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Computer Support Specialist
$57,950
Elementary and Middle School Teacher
$62,150
Web Developer
$75,580
Public Relations and Fundraising Manager
$132,570
Sales Manager
$140,320

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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generalstudies(bgs) :: INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Internship opportunities

Internship experience provides the foundation employers are often looking for. Internships are offered as optional credit for this program and can be an important part of your education experience. These are just a few of the companies that partner with Career Development and offer opportunities for A&M-Commerce general studies students.

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Minors

While no official minor exists for the Bachelor of General Studies degree, you have many options available from any college on campus. Choose your favorite area and go for it!

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What You Will Learn

In today’s world, a college degree can be the catalyst you need to jumpstart your career. Through focused coursework, this program will combine what you have already achieved within a comprehensive general studies program. You will gain the credibility and knowledge to springboard or transition your career into a wide range of organizations and industries.

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Featured Courses

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generalstudies(bgs) Course Delivery and Resources

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Course Delivery and Resources

Our programs are designed to be flexible, meeting the needs of working professionals who want the convenience of a fully online degree. While you may be required to take traditional face-to-face courses in your chosen area of study, the General Studies courses from our college are fully online. You may have wide and varied coursework from several different colleges. As a General Studies student, you are able draw those courses together under one degree plan.

Creating a degree plan can feel overwhelming, but don’t become discouraged! Discover what courses to take and develop your degree plan by checking out our Degree Plan Checklist.

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General Studies (BGS) :: Program Admission

Program Admission

Requirements

Complete 65 total semester hours of college/university level course work from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning with an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.6 on 4.0 scale.

  • 35 semester hours in General Education
    • 3 semester hours of College Algebra or equivalent mathematics course
    • 6 semester hours of English Composition
    • 6 semester hours of American History
    • 6 semester hours of Natural Science
  • 30 semester hours in your career field/technical/vocational discipline
  • You can transfer up to 85 hours:
    • General education or core requirement (43 semester hours)
    • Support courses in the major (6 semester hours)
    • General elective coursework from an approved/accredited institution (36 semester hours)

Career field requirements consist of 36 SH of general elective courses. General elective coursework can be in any subject area or field and is easily transferred to the degree.

Orientation

As a BAAS major, you are not required to attend orientation or any transfer student event in Commerce. However, you are welcome to come visit our campus and meet with an advisor.

Contact the CID advisor, Misty Lair (Misty.Lair.tamuc.edu) today!

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Program Costs

As of Fall 2019, tuition and fees for an undergraduate student taking 15 credit hours through our 1 Year Optional Rate Plan is $4,478.52 for a Texas resident and $10,808.52 for a non-Texas resident. However, rates do change based on the number of credit hours taken, payment plan used and other factors.

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General Studies (BGS) :: Degree Guide

Degree Guide

General Education (42 hours)

Complete before starting the Professional Development Requirements

  • Eng 1301: Freshman English (3 semester hours)
  • Eng 1302: Freshman English (3 semester hours)
  • Math 1314, 1324 or 2413 (Choose one, 3 semester hours)
  • Life and Physical Science (3 sh)
  • Life and Physical Science (3 semester hours)
  • Literature, Philosophy, and Cultures (3 semester hours)
  • Creative Arts (3 semester hours)
  • Hist 1301: American Heritage (3 semester hours)
  • Psci 2301: The U.S. Government (3 semester hours)
  • Psci 2302: Texas and the Federal System (3 semester hours)
  • Social/Behavioral Science (3 semester hours)
  • Degree Pathway (3 semester hours)
  • Degree Pathway (3 semester hours)

Career Field Requirements (42 hours)

Complete before starting the Professional Development Requirements

  • 42 Free academic lower or upper level electives

Professional Development Requirements (36 hrs)

  • BGS 401: Globalization
  • BGS 402: Research Methods
  • BGS 405: Sustainability in Contemporary Enterprise
  • BGS 404: Organizational Dynamics and Diversity
  • 12 Hours UL prescribed COB or CHSSA or COEHS or COSE or CASNR
  • 12 Hours UL prescribed COB or CHSSA or COEHS or COSE or CASNR

Pick 2 colleges and from each college, take four 3 hour upper level electives (300-400 level) for a total of 12 semester hours from each college. Upper level elective courses can be taken face-to-face or online. Must obtain a grade of “C” or better to meet requirement.

TOTAL: 120 hours

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Related Degree Programs

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the minimum requirements for admission into a BAAS degree program or BGS degree program?

For admission into the BAAS degree program or BGS degree program you should have completed minimally the following:

Complete 65 total semester hours of college/university level course work from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning with an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.6 on 4.0 scale.

  • 35 semester hours in General Education
  • 3 semester hours of College Algebra or equivalent mathematics course
  • 6 semester hours of English Composition
  • 6 semester hours of American History
  • 6 semester hours of Natural Science

30 semester hours in your Career Field/Technical/Vocational discipline

You can transfer up to 85 hours:

  • General education or core requirement (43 semester hours)
  • Support courses in the major (6 semester hours)
  • General elective coursework from an approved/ accredited institution (36 semester hours)

Career field requirements consist of 36 Semester Hours of general elective courses. General elective coursework can be in any subject area or field, and are easily transferred to the degree.

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Who is my General Studies or Applied Arts and Sciences success coach and what do they do?

A success coach is the main point of contact for all entering students both first year and new transfers. Success Coaches are responsible for advising, course selection, and registration of all first year and new transfer students.

Main Email: [email protected]

Phone Numbers: 903.886.5174 or 903.886.5878

Visit the Success Coaches website.

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How do I request a transcript?

You may request a transcript by accessing myLeo and click on Registration, Records and Grades. Additional information is available online.

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How do I get into Graduate School?

You can begin graduate course work after you receive your bachelor’s degree, and sometimes even while you are finishing it up. Please visit us at the College of Innovation and Design Dean’s Office for graduate program assistance.

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How do I start the process for graduation?

To begin the CID Graduation Checkout process, contact your Academic Advisor. Pay careful attention to the dates. You must also file for graduation with the Office of the Registrar.

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What do I do if my major is in a different college, but my minor is in business?

Contact the department that houses that minor. Example: If you are a Psychology major with a minor in General Business, you will go to the Undergraduate advisors in the College of Business.

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How do I declare a minor?

Contact the department of your major (as in #10 above). Example: If you are a BAAS major who wants to add an Information Technology minor, you will go the College of Innovation and Design department to have your minor declared.

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How do I change/officially declare my major?

You must contact department of the majoring you are changing to. Example: If you are a BAAS major and wish to change to Marketing, you must contact the Undergraduate Advisors in the College of Business.

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Where do I find books for my class?

At the A&M-Commerce Bookstore. Some of the Departments also have their book information online so you can plan your budget/courses accordingly.

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Modification of – Who is my College Advisor and why would I need to see him/her?

Your advisor is Misty Lair. She can be contacted at [email protected]. When you reach junior status (at least 60 hours) and have completed a semester at this university, you will meet with your advisor for degree plan/evaluation questions, scheduling issues, graduation check-out, general advising and job prospects/questions. Your advisor will assist with your graduation process as well.

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How do I drop and/or add a course?

You can find information about dropping or adding a course on our General and Information and Policies page. Dropping a course may affect your financial aid and/or your scholarships – please check with those offices before proceeding, if necessary. If you are unable to come personally to take care of the Drop/Add because of your location, please contact the department of the course you wish to Drop/Add for clear directions to fax or email your completed form.

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How does financial aid work for General Studies or Applied Arts and Sciences?

You have to be enrolled in at least 6 hours (2 courses) to be considered half-time and eligible for grants and loans. Full-time enrollment is 12 hours (4 courses).

For more information, visit the Cost and Assistance page.

All students applying for financial aid with questions please email [email protected] or call 903.886.5096.

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How can I see my degree evaluation (audit)?

  1. To see your degree evaluation
    • Log onto myLeo, click “Student Resources,” then “DegreeWorks Student Link”
    • Click “Access Undergraduate DegreeWorks”
  2. To see degree requirements of another degree that is not listed
    • While in your Undergraduate DegreeWorks, click “What-If”
    • Select the term of your current catalog and choose the major from the drop down menu
    • Click “Process What-If”
  • If you have trouble getting your degree evaluation from the myLeo
    system, you can also contact the department of your major to obtain a copy
  • If you continue to have difficulty with this process, for assistance:
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What is the “Mandatory Advising” hold on my student account?

All new and transfer students have an advising hold automatically placed on their account until they have contacted an advisor and declared a major. If you feel this hold is in error, please contact CID Advising Center at [email protected].

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How do I obtain Verification of Enrollment?

View the steps to obtain your Enrollment Verification.

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General Studies (BGS) :: Contact

Contact Us

  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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