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Bachelor of General Studies

Program Details

The 120-hour Bachelor of General Studies at Texas Tech University is one option for students who want a greater degree of flexibility in their course of study. The curriculum encourages free and creative thought, critical analysis, and exposes students to a variety of social and scientific issues which are the basis for a well-rounded education. The knowledge students gain through a firm grounding in the liberal arts prepares them for many different highly competitive job fields, and more importantly will teach them skills applicable in many areas. 

As an interdisciplinary degree, the program is not based on a specific major or minor. Instead, the student’s curriculum will consist of courses from three areas of concentration, at least two of which should be established minors or interdisciplinary programs recognized within the catalog. Further, two of the three areas must be within The College of Arts & Sciences. Thus, a well-designed B.G.S. degree can help a student prepare to pursue a particular intellectual interest, a professional ambition, or graduate study. The three concentration areas form a coherent specialization that is unavailable elsewhere in the university as an organized plan of study. 

A 2.0 GPA is required for admission into this program. In addition, a 2.0 GPA at Texas Tech University is required for graduation. Completion of the B.G.S. is possible through on-campus or a combination of on-campus and web-based courses. Development of more web-based offerings is on-going.


  • Nine hours in each area must be taken in residence at Texas Tech. Six of those hours must be taken at the junior/senior level. Some minors (areas of concentration) may require more than 9 hours.
  • No block credit from another university will be permitted.
  • Six hours of writing intensive classwork is required and cannot be transferred in. The writing intensive classes must be in the areas of concentration.
  • CLEP cannot be used to meet residency requirements.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges