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Bachelor of General Studies

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 Spotlights

Congratulations to Connor Byer!

Winner of the Summer 2017 BGS GNST 4350 Poster Presentation Contest

His winning poster is titled, "Will Someone Respond When You Call 911?: A Recruitment Program to Minimize the Lack of Volunteers in the Fire Service."

"According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), volunteers comprise 69% of the nation's firefighters. Volunteers are a key component to the fire service, so recruitment and retention challenges have serious consequences for public safety," (Geis, 2015, P.12). There is a nationwide problem in today's fire service that the citizens do not think about. When a person calls 911 for a fire or medical emergency, they expect someone to show up fast. However, that is not always the case. Around the globe, volunteer fire departments are low staffed. Low staffing creates hazardous situations and slow response times to emergencies.

This problem is present in Hays County at the South Hays Fire Department, a combination department consisting of part-time staff and volunteers. The solution to the lack of volunteers is to create a recruiting program using public relation events for the citizens in Hays County districts 12 and 13 and students majoring in Criminal Justice at Texas State University. The format of the program will outline the necessary guidelines to follow to carry out events on an annual basis. Aspects of the solution will be drawn from minors in Criminal Justice, Business Administration, and Technology.

 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