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Office: 252 Elkins
Phone: 985-448-4459
Professor: A. Davis.
Associate Professor: P. Gabilondo (Head).
Assistant Professors: A. Alexander, Allemand, Blanchard, Gilbert, Richard, W. Triche.
Instructors: T. Davis, Hodges, Shaffer.


The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies coordinates and fosters cross-disciplinary connections across all disciplines to help students realize their academic, personal, and professional aspirations. Through the University Studies Unit, the department ensures that first-year students explore options in the major and career possibilities while supporting an integrated general education experience that will provide the foundation for success in their major. For those students who wish to design their own course of study, the department offers the B.G.S. degree, an interdisciplinary degree that provides a flexible course of study with a strong foundation in the liberal arts. Because students are required to minor in at least one area and to take courses in oral and written communication and the humanities, the Bachelor of General Studies Degree provides an interdisciplinary emphasis that prepares students for entry into postgraduate studies and the professional world with a new global focus. The department also cultivates greater opportunities for service learning and leadership initiatives across all disciplines and coordinates campus-wide development of interdisciplinary minors and activities available to all majors.


The university awards two degrees in General Studies: the Bachelor of General Studies and the Associate of General Studies. Students seeking to earn either degree must complete all University College requirements and satisfy the minimum requirements of the university and the specific requirements for the degree.

The Bachelor of General Studies Degree Program allows students to create an interdisciplinary course of study across academic disciplines and professional fields with the following requirements:

  • A formalized plan of study approved by a departmental advisor.
  • A maximum of 6 semester hours in HPED activity courses. No more than 6 hours of performance music courses may be applied toward the BGS degree (except for those students completing an approved music minor).
  • A maximum of 30 semester hours of credit toward the Bachelor of General Studies degree taken within the College of Business Administration (excluding 3 hours of economics which may be counted as General Education).
  • A minimum of 63 hours at the 200-level or above.
  • At least 45 hours of courses numbered 300 or above, 12 of which must be at the 400-level.
  • Completion of a minor with at least an overall C average (unless otherwise specified by the department of minor).
  • Complete the senior capstone class, GENS 410, with a grade of C or better.

Students must complete the last fifteen hours of the Bachelor of General Studies Degree while registered in the General Studies curriculum.

Bachelor of General Studies Degree in General Studies

  • (CLR) Computer Literacy Requirement;
  • (GER) General Education Requirement;
  • (OCR) Oral Communication Requirement;
  • (UR) University Requirement
ENGL 101, 102 (GER) 6 Computer Literacy Elective (CLR) 3
Freshman Seminar Course (UR) 1 Literature Elective (GER) 3
Arts Elective (GER) 3 Humanities Elective 6
HIST  Electives (GER) 6 Natural Science Electve (GER) 3
MATH Electives (GER) 6 Oral Communication Course (OCR) 3
Natural Science Sequence (GER) 6 Social Science Elective (GER) 3
Social Science Elective (GER) 3 Electives 9
  31   30
Writing Intensive Course (GER) 3 Electives 27
Electives 24 Humanities Elective 3
Approved Elective* 3 GENS 410 3
  30   33

*To be chosen from the following: ART 280, 281, 282, 383, 384; ENGL 326,332,   363, 410, 411, 424, 426, 427, 490, 493; FNAR 301, 302; GEOG 376, 401, 403; GOVT 331, 355, 391, 416, 421; HIST 201, 301, 307, 309, 311, 333, 334, 350, 365, 382, 393, 400, 405, 425, 435;  HUMA 350, 351, 381, 405, 426, 450,  451, 481; PHIL 203, 400; MACO 452; MUS 407; SOCI 204, 324, 395, 400; SPCH 300, 302, 330, 363,   or any foreign language elective.

Total Hours Required for Degree: 124


Entry into the Major and the Associate of General Studies Degree

In support of University College’s commitment to serve the needs of exploratory students, the Associate of General Studies Degree has been designed to prepare students for entry into one of the many baccalaureate degree programs offered by the university. The AGS degree validates the importance of general education as a foundation for academic achievement in the selected baccalaureate degree and for future professional advancement. Students may be accepted into the A.G.S. degree program (GSAS major) before completing 61 hours of coursework. All GSAS majors are advised as though they are exploratory students.

The university awards the Associate of General Studies Degree to a student who, in addition to satisfying the university’s minimum requirements for graduation, meets the following requirements: No more than 2 semester hours of H&PE activity courses and no more than 6 hours of performance music courses may be applied toward the A.G.S. Degree. 6 hours of a two-course sequence in a physical or a biological science and 3 hours in a natural science area other than that selected for the sequence as specified in the GER Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree.

Associate of General Studies Degree in General Studies

ENGL 101, 102 (GER) 6 Arts Elective (GER) 3
Freshman Seminar Course (UR) 1 Computer Literacy Elective (CLR) 3
HIST  Electives (GER) 6 Electives 18
MATH  Electives (GER) 6 Literature Elective  (GER) 3
Natural Science Electives (GER) 6 Oral Communication Course (OCR) 3
Social Science Electives (GER) 6   30

Total Hours Required for Degree: 61

University Studies

University Studies 101 maximizes the student’s potential to achieve scholastic success and to adjust responsibly to the individual and interpersonal challenges presented by collegiate life. In UNIV 101 students are provided with an introduction to the nature of higher education and are given an extended orientation to the functions and resources of the university. Each of these courses is designed to help first-semester freshmen and first year transfer students adjust to the university, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic survival skills.


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