College of Continuing Professional Studies

About the CCPS Bachelor of Science in General Studies

The degree of Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) will be awarded to continuing studies students who satisfy the following conditions:

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.

Successful completion of a minimum of 124 semester hours with an average grade of “C” 2.0 for all Drury work. Student must notify the university of intent to graduate by the first week of the semester of graduation.

  • First-time freshmen and transfer students are required to enroll in GSTU 200: Connect with CCPS/New Student Orientation during their first semester.
  • ENGL 150 and ENGL 207, for a total of six hours in English composition. (ENGL 110, ENGL 111, ENGL 114, ENGL 115, ENGL 116, ENGL 117, or ENGL 120 may not be counted toward meeting this requirement).
  • Three hours of college level mathematics.
  • Three hours of basic computer skills. Students may fulfill the requirement with GSTU 101 Introduction to Computers and Software, GSTU 210 Desktop Applications for PCs or GSTU 211 Desktop Applications for Macs.
  • Successful completion of LIBR 211 Information Research Skills.
  • 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
    Associate of 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, ENGL 317, HIST 344, HIST 350, HIST 375, HIST 385, MUSC 315, PLSC 365, PLSC 370, PLSC 375, SOCI 316, or SOCI 355).
  • 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, communication, history, languages and
      literature, music, philosophy, religion, theatre (ENGL 110, ENGL 111, ENGL 114, ENGL 115, ENGL 116, ENGL 117, ENGL 120 or ENGL 150 may not be counted toward meeting this requirement);
    2. Science and Mathematics: biology, chemistry, environmental studies,
      mathematics, physics;
    3. Social Sciences: PLSC 101:Government and Politics in the U.S. and nine
      additional hours of social science courses: accounting, criminal justice, economics, education, emergency management, finance, geography, global studies, leadership studies, legal studies, management, marketing, political science, psychology, public administration, sociology.
  • At least 36 hours of the total number of hours required for graduation must be upper division courses numbered 300 or above).
  • At least the final 30 undergraduate hours must be earned at Drury University.

This major is completed in one of the two following ways:

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.

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 95th 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.

Successful completion of an interdisciplinary three hour seminar with a focused individual project or topic. 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. The university expects all candidates for degrees to be present at the commencement exercises. No student who has any unsettled accounts with the university will be graduated.

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