Dr. Mark C. Bernhard, Associate Provost
Lee Ann Shafer, M.S. Ed., Academic Program Manager/BGS Advisor
Bachelor of General Studies
The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree program is designed to serve adult students (age 25 or older) who wish to pursue a broadly defined and/or individually designed baccalaureate program. BGS students will work closely with an advisor to design a program of study to meet individual educational and career objectives. The flexibility of the BGS degree will enable students to tailor educational experiences to meet personal goals, broaden their appreciation of the arts and sciences, enhance career skills and competencies, and increase career opportunities and choices. For additional information, contact Outreach & Engagement at 812/464-1863 or visit www.usi.edu/extserv/academic/bgs.asp.
Requirements for the degree
- All University general admission requirements, academic policies, and academic standards for other baccalaureate degree programs apply to the BGS program.
- All students seeking the degree Bachelor of General Studies must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. Core Curriculum requirements are listed elsewhere in this bulletin.
- At least 30 hours must be at the upper division (300-400) level.
- A minimum of 30 hours of credit toward the degree must be earned at USI.
- At least 21 hours of credit must be earned through coursework after the student has been admitted to the BGS program.
- Students seeking admission to the BGS program should make application to the USI Office of Admission. Following acceptance to the University, a second, separate application must be made to the BGS program. A personal interview is required prior to admission to the BGS program.
- Up to six hours of credit may be earned through an occupational experience ( ). The internship must occur after admission to the program.
- Individualized Studies Option: BGS students who select the individualized studies option will work closely with an advisor to design a program of study to meet individual educational and career objectives. This flexible program enables students to create their own “major,” utilizing courses from two or more academic disciplines. Previous hours earned at other institutions will be evaluated according to USI transfer policies.
- Applied Studies Option: This option is for students who have completed a formal associate degree program or have considerable college credit.
- Up to 60 hours may be transferred from associate degree programs, depending on the transferability of specific courses or programs. For technical degrees and/or certificates, credit may be awarded as a block (not a recognition of individual courses for transfer). The amount of credit awarded will be determined by the BGS committee, but may not exceed 45 hours.
- A 30-hour interdisciplinary concentration must be selected from a list of approved programs. Those currently approved include information technology studies and organizational communication studies.
Applied Studies Option for Graduates of Apprenticeships in Selected Building Trades
Through a partnership with the Indiana building trades apprenticeship and training programs and Ivy Tech Community College, the USI Bachelor of General Studies Program recognizes the technical training and the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree as a significant milestone toward the bachelor’s degree. Prospective students who have completed an apprenticeship program in selected building trades and hold an AAS from Ivy Tech are eligible to pursue the Applied Studies option with a concentration in Technical Supervision and Leadership or Business Development. In addition to the required courses for one of the following concentrations, students must complete all USI Core Curriculum requirements even if meeting the requirements means the student graduates with more than the minimum hours required for a baccalaureate degree. Students are encouraged to work closely with the BGS advisor to avoid duplication of coursework.