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2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog
Texas Tech University
   
 
  Dec 15, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Studies, B.G.S.


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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, at least two of which should be established minors (or interdisciplinary programs) recognized within the 2012-2013 catalog or later. Further, two of the three areas must be within the College of Arts and 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 a combination of on-campus and web-based courses. Development of more web-based offerings is on-going.

B.G. S. Policies and Procedures
  • Each degree plan must be reviewed by the Student Division of the College of Arts and 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 and Sciences one semester after a student has achieved 45 hours of total coursework. Intentions to graduate must be submitted at the same time.
  • Nine hours in each area must be taken in residence at Texas Tech. A minimum of six of those hours must be taken at the junior/senior level. Some minors (areas of concentration) may require more than 9 hours.
  • A minimum of 24 hours of junior-/senior-level courses must be taken within the three areas of study.
  • No block credit from another university will be permitted.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 6 hours of designated writing intensive coursework within one or more of the selected Arts and Sciences areas of study. They must be in an established minor that is not interdisciplinary. Writing intensive coursework that applies to the student’s degree plan must be taken in residence at Texas Tech University; transfer credit may not fulfill the writing intensive requirement.
  • CLEP 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 two semesters of a single foreign language. Courses such as SPAN 1507, which is only 5 hours, will not fulfill this requirement.
  • Each of the three areas of concentration must include at least 18 hours of coursework. If all three concentrations are within the College of Arts and Sciences, the student may apply 24 hours of coursework taken outside the college. If one of the areas is outside of Arts and Sciences, the student may apply 30 hours of coursework taken outside of Arts and Sciences.
  • Areas of concentration should not overlap unless a course is specifically required for that area. For example, students with an area of concentration in health professions would be allowed to apply ZOOL 2403 only if they had an area from the Department of Biological Sciences.
  • A total of 40 hours of junior/senior level coursework is required for the 120-hour degree.

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

General Studies


Recommended Curriculum


First Year


Fall

Total: 16

Spring

Total: 16

Second Year


Fall

  • POLS 1301 - American Government, Organization 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 (WI) 3 Semester Credit Hours (Jr/Sr)
Total: 15

Spring

  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours (Jr/Sr)
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours (Jr/Sr)
  • Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Concentration Area (WI) 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 at least two semesters of a single foreign language at the first-year level as a graduation requirement.

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