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Earn your Bachelor's degree in General Studies

Did you know that in just ten years, more than 60% of all new jobs will require a college education? Have you earned college credits but never completed your degree? Are you ready to complete your Bachelor’s degree? BHSU now offers a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies. The General Studies degree is a flexible option to help you complete your degree. Courses can be taken at our campus in Spearfish, online, or at the University Center in Rapid City.

Requirements:
Students have the flexibility of choosing courses from three emphasis areas, along with the general education requirements for a total of 120 credits.

The Bachelor of General Studies is a degree program designed for the student returning to college after an absence and who has earned significant college credit. It is not designed for first-time freshmen. 

  • General Education Courses - 41 credit hours
  • Three Emphasis Areas -- 15 credit hours of three separate areas, for a total of 45 credit hours
    Select from the following emphasis areas:
    • Allied Health: HLTH, HSAD
    • Business:  ACCT, BADM, BSM, ECON, ENTR, HRM, MIS, THM
    • Education: ARTE, BED, ECE, ED, EDFN, ELED, EPSY, INED, LIBM, MFL, MLED, OE, READ, SEED, SPED
    • Fine Arts: ART, ARTD, ARTH, MUS, THEA, (MUAP/MUEN - up to 3 credits)
    • Humanities: ENGL, MCOM, FL, FREN, GER, HUM, LAKL, LING, PHIL, RUSS, SPAN, SPCM, WRTG
    • Social Science: AIS, ANTH, GEOG, HIST, HMS, POLS, PSYC, SOC, SS
    • Science, Engineering and Mathematics: BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, MATH, PHSI, PHYS, SC
    • Industrial Technology: TECH
    • Wellness: PE, RECR, WEL (no more than 3 hours of PE-100)
  • Electives --  31 credit hours
  • GS/ED 491 Capstone Course - 3 credit hours -  Capstone Course

    NOTE: At least 36 credits toward the degree must be at the upper-division level

Capstone Course:
The Capstone Course is an integrative approach offered completely online in which you demonstrate that you are knowledgeable in your three areas of emphasis and have achieved college level competencies in communication, critical analysis, problem solving, and synthesis. This is done through a culminating project or portfolio.

Mastery Demonstrated:
In addition to the capstone course, you will be required to perform satisfactorily on the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) examination; and demonstrate mastery of learning outcomes including: written and oral communication, the social sciences, the fine arts and humanities, mathematics, the natural sciences, and information literacy.

Expand your Career. 
The General Studies degree will make you marketable for career positions that require a bachelor’s degree. It can assist you in getting that position you have always wanted.

Get started today to achieve your goal of finishing your degree with the General Studies from BHSU.

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