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About the CCPS Bachelor of General Studies

The programs for the degree Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) and the Associate of Science (AS) with an area of concentration in general studies are designed to provide an alternative to conventional degree programs and majors.

The BGS degree program is designed specifically for

  1. Persons with technical training who wish to broaden their specialized background to include a liberal arts education, or
  2. Persons who wish to develop an interdisciplinary program tailored to their individual needs and interests.

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Bachelor of General Studies

The Bachelor of General Studies requires a minimum of 45 credit hours.

The following 15 hours are required for all General Studies majors: 

LIBR 211: Information Research Skills
1 credit hours

An introduction to strategies and skills for defining information needs, understanding principles of information organization and retrieval, identifying appropriate library and non-library resources, evaluating information and using it legally and ethically. Knowledge and skills acquired apply to research for classroom purposes and for personal needs. Course must be completed prior to sophomore standing. Required for all bachelor degrees.

GSTU 493: Senior Seminar
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: LIBR 211. This course helps students relate their primary field of interest (mathematics and science, humanities and fine arts, or social sciences) to various world cultures. Students will exit the class with a greater understanding of the world around them and their role in it. Students registering for this capstone class for the Bachelor of General Studies degree must have senior status with 90 or more earned college hours.

LDST 260: Fundamentals of Leadership I
3 credit hours

A broad background is essential for leaders in today's organizations. This course and its companion, Fundamentals of Leadership II, are intended to give dual credit students, AS and Bachelor degree candidates experience for the full range of issues faced by leaders at all levels. Principles of conflict resolution, various leadership theories, processes, functions, skills, styles and philosophies, as well as contemporary motivational methods will be considered. Elements of leading technology professionals and other specialists will also be included. Through class discussions and course materials, students will receive key aspects of generalist leadership to enable them to grasp and resolve organizational operations issues.

LDST 270: Fundamentals of Leadership II
3 credit hours

This course builds on material covered in LDST 260, Fundamentals of Leadership I, and provides dual credit, AS and Bachelor degree candidates an additional opportunity to explore issues applicable to leaders at all levels. Using leadership theories and methods to deal with group dynamics and other behavioral issues with an emphasis on the things effective managers and leaders do to ensure success, along with current contemporary issues such as discrimination, harassment, disabilities, benefits, and appearance in the workplace. An introduction to corporate social responsibility and the need for diversity and consideration of cultural differences in organizations will also be included. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, key legal issues and ethical principles of leadership will be covered. Through course materials and discussions, students will receive essential components of generalist leadership to equip them to excel in today’s organizations. Self- reflective discussion and writing will be included in the learning process.

PSYC 120: Principles of Psychology
3 credit hours

This introductory survey course provides a broad-based overview of the field of psychology as a scientific discipline. Topics include theoretical perspectives, research methodologies, biological bases of behavior, developmental milestones, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, personality, social psychology, and psychological disorders.

Track 1: Individual Program

Individual Program - choose 30 additional hours in one of the three fields of knowledge: 

Humanities and Fine Arts

Science and Mathematics

Social Studies

18 hours must be 300-level or above

Track 2: Transfer Program

Transfer completed technical program.