Bachelor of General Studies

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The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) is an interdisciplinary degree that allows students to enhance personal goals by connecting three Texas State minors, two General Studies courses and appropriate supporting courses.

Students who are challenged by choosing one major can find 69 minor options. The BGS degree may also be ideal for students who have invested a large number of hours in another degree but wish to change academic goals.


BGS Student Spotlight
2015-2016 Presidential Upper Level Scholar

Name: Eric Wolf 

Classification: Senior

Hometown: Houston, TX (Cypress, TX)

Nominated by: Amy Beck, Supervisor of Academic Advising: University College Advising Center

Why did you select General Studies as your major? 

I selected General Studies as my major so that I could gain an interdisciplinary education from multiple perspectives that were specified to my needs and would allow me to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information from those multiple perspectives in order to render reasoned decisions.

What are your three minors?

      Business Administration, Consumer Affairs, and Mass Communication 

       How did you select your minors?

My career occupational choice and goal is to be a financial advisor. This major provides me with knowledge of management to marketing concepts in the business administration discipline; income statements, balance sheets, and investment principles in the consumer affairs discipline; and understanding of diversities amongst different peoples and to be able to successfully communicate through those differences in the mass communication discipline. Through my disciplines of study I am prepared to financially advise with an administrative business cap and a diverse communicative cap

What advice do you have for students considering the General Studies major?

Move forward with your consideration and apply to earn this undergraduate degree. The opportunity available to you is based on what your goals in life are, and there will absolutely be three minors that will cohesively engage your education and future career path. The General Studies major is not just about your disciplines either; if you want the specific and detailed knowledge of how to successfully begin a career that will showcase your skills in a way employers want to see, the two General Studies specific courses will provide career preparation and advancement information to help you flourish in your professional life. 

...and learn more about Eric here

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Nature and Heritage Tourism

If you’re interested in a career in "the most rapidly growing segment of the overall tourism industry" planning activities for entities like public parks and historic sights, consider a minor in Nature and Heritage Tourism. 


An example of courses that may be taken for this minor include:

NHT 4301: Planning and Development of Nature and Heritage Tourism. This course applies basic planning and development principles to the special issues of nature and heritage tourism. Particular emphasis is placed on locational analysis, site analysis, and planning for sustainable use. 

GEO 4326: Parks and Protected Places. This course serves as an in-depth introduction to the philosophy, establishment, and operation of Public Parks, Wildlife Refuges, Protected Areas, Non-Governmental Preserves and Historic Sites. Students will be introduced to the scientific and policy rationale for the creation of such areas as well as methods of classification and acquisition. 

NHT 4302: Internship in Nature and Heritage Tourism. Students will work in private or public sector settings to gain practical experience in the planning, development and management of nature and/or heritage tourism. Internships must be approved by the director of the Center for Nature and Heritage Tourism. Students will be expected to perform at high professional standards and will interpret the internship experience within the context of current literature. 

 For more information or to declare a General Studies major contact:

University College Advising Center
Office: Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC) 120, East Lobby
Phone: 512.245.2218
Fax: 512.245.8765