Jun 01, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Studies, B.G.S. (A&S)


About the Bachelor of General Studies (A&S)


The 120-hour Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) is a challenging and rewarding option for students who wish a greater degree of flexibility in their course of study. As an interdisciplinary degree, it is not based on a specific major or minor. Instead, the student’s curriculum will consist of courses from three areas of concentration, which should be established minors (or interdisciplinary programs) recognized at TTU. Further, two of the three areas must be within the College of Arts & Sciences. Thus, a well-designed B.G.S. degree can help a student prepare to pursue a particular intellectual interest, a professional ambition, or graduate study. The three concentration areas form a coherent specialization that is unavailable elsewhere in the university as an organized plan of study.

A 2.0 GPA is required for admission into this program. In addition, a 2.0 GPA at Texas Tech University is required for graduation. Completion of the B.G.S. is possible through on-campus or online courses, depending upon the areas of concentration.

B.G.S. Policies and Procedures
  • Each degree plan must be reviewed by the Student Division of the College of Arts & Sciences to be considered official. This is done to ensure conformity with graduation and B.G.S. area requirements. Degree plans must be submitted to the Student Division of the College of Arts & Sciences one semester after a student has achieved 30 hours of total coursework.
  • Six hours in each area must be taken in residence at Texas Tech. A minimum of three of those hours in each concentration must be taken at the junior/senior level. Some minors (areas of concentration) may require more than six hours.
  • A minimum of 24 hours of junior-/senior-level courses must be taken within the three areas of study.
  • Students must complete a minimum of two courses of communication literacy coursework within the three areas of study. If the student chooses one area of study outside of Arts & Sciences, one of the two communication literacy courses may come from the outside area.
  • Credit by exam (ACT, AP, CLEP, DE, FLP, IB, SAT) cannot be used to meet residency requirements.
  • The Student Division (in cooperation with the department[s] for each area of concentration) will determine course substitutions.
  • The Student Division (in cooperation with the department[s] for each area of concentration) will be responsible for approving transfers during the last 30 hours of a degree program, as well as concurrent enrollment.
  • If a student has not completed two years of a foreign language in high school, they must complete at least two semesters (or its equivalent) of a single foreign language at the first-year college level (for example: FREN, GERM, or SPAN 1502 or 1507) or at least one semester of a foreign language at the 2000-level or higher.
  • Courses may only apply within one area of concentration (i.e., no “sharing” between concentrations). For example, ZOOL 2403  may not apply to BOTH a Health Professions area and Biology area on a student’s degree plan.
  • A total of 40 hours of junior/senior level coursework is required for the 120-hour degree.

Communication Literacy Requirement. Students attending Texas Tech University for the first time in the Fall 2017 term or later will complete a Communication Literacy requirement in their program(s) of study. Texas Tech University’s transition from the Writing Intensive requirement to the Communication Literacy requirement signals the university’s awareness that in addition to the fundamental role that writing plays in enabling students to explore, develop, focus, and organize a message, other types of communication must also be taught as appropriate for a student’s discipline. Throughout each program of study, then, students must be given ample opportunity to develop their skills in forms of communication central to that program. For information on courses meeting the CL requirement for the General Studies major, please see an advisor.

The B.G.S. is administered and supervised by the Student Division of the College of Arts & Sciences. For more information contact Dr. Jorge Iber, Associate Dean, Student Division, College of Arts & Sciences, 806.742.3831 or Jorge.Iber@ttu.edu.

General Studies


Recommended Curriculum


First Year


Fall

Total: 16

Spring

Total: 16

Second Year


Fall

  • 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Language, Phil., & Culture Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Oral Communication Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Multicultural Requirement 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Creative Arts Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Personal Fitness & Wellness 1 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 16

Spring

Total: 15

Third Year


Fall

  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 15

Spring

  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 15

Fourth Year


Fall

  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours (Jr/Sr)
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours (Jr/Sr)
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours (Jr/Sr)
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours (Jr/Sr)
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours (Jr/Sr)
Total: 15

Spring

  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours (Jr/Sr)
  • Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Concentration Area (Communication Literacy) 3 Semester Credit Hours (Jr/Sr)
  • Concentration Area (Communication Literacy) 3 Semester Credit Hours (Jr/Sr)
Total: 12

Total Hours: 120


Prerequisites for courses selected in the concentration areas must be completed and, depending on the concentration, may or may not count toward the 18-hour minimum in each concentration.

If an entering student has not completed two years of a single foreign language in high school or has not transferred at least two semesters of a single foreign language from another college, the student must complete the equivalent of two semesters of a single foreign language at the first-year level (or higher) as a graduation requirement.