College of Continuing Professional Studies

Bachelor of General Studies General Education Requirements

46 Hours

a) Approval of candidacy for a degree from the admission committee after submission of an application for admission . A person must be admitted before accumulating 30 semester hours (transfer hours included) toward a degree.

b) Successful completion of a minimum of 124 semester hours with an average grade of “C” (2.0 Cumulative GPA) for all Drury work and notification by the students to the university by the first week of the semester of graduation of intent to graduate .

c) ENGL 150 and three additional hours of English, either literature or composition, for a total of six hours in English (ENGL 109, 110, 111, 112, 115, 116, 117 may not be counted toward meeting this requirement). Three of these English hours are applied towards the general education requirement listed in "h1" below.

d) Three hours of college-level mathematics. This mathematics requirement is applied to the general education requirement listed in “h2” below.

e) Three hours of basic computer skills. Students may fulfill the requirement with EDUC 200 Technology in the Classroom or GSTU 210 Desktop Applications.

f) Successful completion of LIBR 211 Research Information Skills.

g) Three hours of cultural diversity. GLST 201 Global Awareness and Cultural Diversity is recommended for those students enrolling with fewer than 59 hours who wish to complete their general education credits at Drury. For those students transferring in with an associate of arts or science degree, or more than 59 hours, or for those who need upper division credit, an elective from the Minorities and Indigenous Cultures category is recommended (ARTH 371, ARTH 374, ENGL 317, HIST 344, HIST 350, HIST 360, HIST 375, HIST 385, PLSC 360, PLSC 365, PLSC 370, PLSC 375, PLSC 385, SOCI 316, SOCI 351 or SOCI 355).

h) A distribution including a minimum of 12 hours in each of the three fields of knowledge with at least three hours in two or more departments excluding the major department . The three fields of knowledge are:

(1) Humanities and Fine Arts: art and art history, communication, languages, literature, music, philosophy, religion, theatre and English ( ENGL 109, 110, 111, 112, 115, 116, 117 and 150 may not be counted toward meeting this requirement)

(2) Science and Mathematics: biology, chemistry, environmental studies, mathematics, physics ( MATH 001 may not be counted toward meeting this requirement.)

(3) Social Sciences: PLSC 101 Government and Politics and nine additional hours in accounting, business administration, criminal justice, economics, education, geography, global studies, history, leadership studies, paralegal studies, political science, psychology and sociology.

i) At least 36 hours of the total number of hours required for graduation must be upper division courses (numbered 300 or above).

j) At least the final 30 undergraduate hours must be earned at Drury University.

k) A completed academic major. This major is completed in one of the two following ways:

Option I: Technical Degree Transfer

The BGS candidate may transfer a completed two-year technical degree to Drury from a state-approved post-secondary technical program or from a career-oriented program that is approved by Drury University. The completed technical degree is recognized as constituting a complete and individualized major. As such, it satisfies the requirement for the major in general studies.

Option II: Completion of an Individualized General Studies Program

The student, together with the academic advisor, will tailor an individualized, integrated program of study from one of the three fields of knowledge: Humanities and Fine Arts; Science and Mathematics; or Social Sciences. A formal declaration of the general studies major must be completed prior to the student's enrolling in the 95 th semester hour. The program of study shall include a minimum of 30 undergraduate credit hours in the selected field of knowledge. Declaration of the general studies major requires completion of a core requirement sheet.

l) Successful completion of an interdisciplinary three-hour seminar with a focused individual project or topic.

m) Candidates for the BGS may transfer credits to Drury University according to the following guidelines:

Students may present transfer courses from an accredited college or university. The transfer of an applicable associate degree will result in junior standing. Applicable courses with grades of “C” or better will be accepted. Credits expressed in course units or quarter hours will be equated to semester hours for transfer.

Transfer of a two-year technical degree program from a state-approved post-secondary technical program or from a career-oriented program which has been approved by Drury University will result in junior standing only in the BGS program. Technical courses are accepted only when part of a completed two-year degree. Courses that are not technical in nature, but may be offered at technical colleges, will be evaluated. Those determined to be equivalent to Drury offerings will be accepted if grades are “C” or better.

n) The university expects all candidates for degrees to be present at the commencement exercises.

o) No student who has any unsettled accounts with the university will be graduated.