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Declaring the BGS Major

WHO IS BEST SUITED FOR GENERAL STUDIES?

You should understand that there really is nothing "general" about a General Studies major.  The objective of the BGS is to help each student who enters the program develop a unique career goal that is matched by three Texas State minors.  Those best suited for the BGS either have a career goal which is not well supported by a traditional Texas State major or that traditional major or major/minor is not the best option.  Others may be undecided or unclear about career choice but are willing to make the decisions that will lead to a clear career/degree plan with linked minors.  

WHAT IS GENERAL STUDIES LIKE?

The BGS starts with GNST 3350, a course that helps you learn how to assess your talents, match them with potential careers, and maximize or choose Texas State minors to best prepare you for the requirements of the career.  Then you get practice (interviewing, resumes, cover letters, etc.) in marketing yourself.  Following completion of most of the courses in your three minors, the final BGS course (GNST 4350) challenges you to make use of your education in tailoring a research-based project that innovatively contributes to your career, incorporates all three of your minors, and gives you a good "prop" to use in a job interview.

Note: Both BGS courses have limited enrollment. Be aware that if you are not in good academic standing, you will not be able to enter the major, and if you are not in good current academic standing, you will not be able to register for either GNST 3350 or GNST 4350.


HOW DO I GET STARTED?

University College advisors can help you declare General Studies. If you are interested in exploring General Studies, schedule an academic advising appointment with the University College Advising Center. Click here for scheduling information. 


WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE APPOINTMENT?

If you are still interested in entering the BGS, you will fill out a BGS Interest Form that will ask you to discuss your intended career goal/academic path and the minors you've selected with your University College advisor. After your response is examined and approved by BGS faculty/staff, you will be sent on to a BGS academic advisor to officially declare the major and create a graduation plan.