The Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) at the University of Idaho is designed to provide a broad-based, individualized education. As a B.G.S. major, you’ll have the latitude to customize a study program that explores a wide range of subjects across disciplines.
The B.G.S. gives you maximum flexibility to take courses that interest you. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from the diverse strengths of several university departments in both the humanities and sciences. And if you plan your program wisely, you’ll graduate with the well-rounded understanding, cross-functional knowledge and critical thinking skills that will open doors to a variety of professional career opportunities, especially in business and social services. The degree is also excellent preparation for law school or graduate school.
Generally, the B.G.S. degree program serves two types of students:
- Intellectually demanding students who want a rich, broad-based education that expands beyond traditional academic boundaries. These are curious, high-achieving students who see their university experience as an opportunity to learn about a wide range of interesting subjects and perspectives. These students graduate with a broad understanding of the world and a breadth of interdisciplinary knowledge that will prepare them for a variety of professional careers.
- New students who want to examine a number of possible academic options before selecting a major in a traditional discipline. These students might also include those who are unsure about what they want to do when they graduate. The general studies degree allows them to learn about a wide range of fields and potential career paths.