Bachelor of General Studies


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Study General Studies at UW

The B.G.S. at UW helps students who have accumulated 60 credit hours complete their degree by connecting disciplines. It is also an option for those with complex interests, in a variety of areas in the curriculum.

By demonstrating knowledge in the desired focus areas, students can creatively evaluate and solve complex issues.

Program Details

Program Requirements

Curriculum & Courses

What is General Studies?

B.G.S. is a program designed to identify students’ knowledge in areas such as agriculture, art, science, and more. There are 16 focus areas to choose from, and they are defined by subject. Each consists of 18 credit hours minimum.

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All UW faculty are part of B.G.S. and contribute to students’ learning in different departments within each college.

Faculty have won teaching awards, led impactful research, published books, and continue to bring relevant real-world experiences to the classroom. With their support, students in the B.G.S. program have access to the resources that will help them complete their degrees and prepare for life beyond school.

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What Can You Do with a Bachelor of General Studies?

A variety of career opportunities are available to those with a B.G.S. Their focus area will impact the type of work they may pursue. Our program recognizes that the connection between degree and career is not a straight line. Instead, students are acquiring a diverse range of knowledge and competencies that employers highly value. By studying a broad range of subjects, you will develop critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills applicable to various professional fields.

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Here Are Some Places Our General Studies Alumni Have Gone on to Work

  • ANB Bank
  • National Print Group
  • State of Wyoming
  • Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino
  • Black Diamond Digital Imaging
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General Studies Program Highlights

UW’s B.G.S. program gives students a chance to complete their degree in an area that interests them, all while receiving the best resources we have available. Student organizations, research opportunities and more will show students all the places they can explore. 


Research Opportunities

Depending on the focus area a student selects in the B.G.S. program there are chances to conduct research alongside faculty who lead in their field. These are great hands-on experiences that help develop learners. 

Smaller Class Sizes

In the classroom one-on-one time adds irreplaceable value to the learning experience. At UW our class sizes remain smaller to benefit students and give them opportunities to work closely with each other.

Financial Support

There are scholarships and opportunities available to undergraduate students in all programs. Students in certain focus areas may be eligible for awards within their specified field of study.

Networking & Student Groups

There are multiple student organizations tied to each of the colleges that students in the B.G.S. program may join depending on interest and selected area of focus. Through these groups, there are opportunities to apply classroom learning and connect with practicing professionals.

This program is a good option for students returning to school to best utilize their earned hours that may be in different academic areas and ultimately help students finish their degree they started many years ago.

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