General Studies, BGS

Central to Following Your Passion.

Central’s Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree will fit your needs. You will have the flexibility of choosing classes from one of the established themes below or creating one that works for you.

Having a bachelor’s degree increases your employability and earnings. The BGS program is a flexible, educational pathway for the following students:

  • Adult learners or military veterans who have accumulated credits at different institutions over the years, but may be unsure how these credits might transfer or fit together
  • Transfer students coming from a community college who haven’t found the right program to fit their educational or professional goals
  • Current or past Central students who could not complete their initial degree program as planned

Program Features

  • Offered in spring and fall semesters
  • Attend full- or part-time
  • Explore opportunities for internships and career paths
  • Program themes include 15 credits of 300-400 level courses
  • Graduate with the compelling advantage provided by a broad base of knowledge across related subjects
  • Financial aid is available

This theme explores the areas of creative expression and interpretations of human experience, and the appreciation and development of thought and ideas. Students will choose from courses in literature, philosophy, and fine arts.

Students focusing on this theme will explore the relationship between individuals and the world of business. Courses include accounting, finance, marketing, management, and entrepreneurial studies.

This theme explores the helping and service professions. Courses include social work, nursing, and education.

In this theme, you will explore the interactions between and among individuals and groups. You will also develop a scientific understanding of the social world. Courses include sociology, psychological sciences, history, political science, anthropology, and criminology.

This theme will help students develop a scientific understanding of the natural world. Students will choose from courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Admissions Contact

Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Erin Beecher
Associate Director
General Studies | BGS
Henry Barnard Hall

The BGS, by its nature, is more interdisciplinary than the traditional majors Central offers. With a BGS, a student could work with the credits they have already received and pursue a path aligned with their career plans and interests. Further, students will benefit from interacting with more faculty across disciplines. Central is excited to offer this program for our current students, transfer students, and those looking to complete their degree with the credits they have already earned.

Dr. Beth Merenstein