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Bachelor of General Studies

Rowan University

Bachelor of General Studies

Rowan University is proud to offer students another option to complete a Bachelor's degree. The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree completion program may be the best route to a degree for some students. BGS students:

• Achieve a well-rounded and rigorous liberal arts education in a degree program that is tailored to individual needs;

• Concentrate on a disciplinary or interdisciplinary academic focus area more flexible than a traditional major;

• Collaborate with the program coordinator and advisor to ensure achievement of program and individual goals;

• Actively prepare for a future career as part of the degree requirements.

Program Requirements

To graduate from the BGS program, students must:

Attain a 2.0 GPA; meet admission requirements for specific minors if chosen as their focus area; complete 120 semester hours (30 s.h. must be at Rowan); complete the following degree requirements:

General Education & Rowan Experience courses ..............42 s.h.
Focus area courses (9 s.h. must be at the 300-400 level)18-24 s.h.
Elective courses (9 s.h. must be at the 300-400 level).....57 s.h.
BGS Portfolio requirement ..................................1 s.h.
BGS Career Development course ..............................2 s.h.
TOTAL: ...............................................120-126 s.h.

Course Descriptions

BGS Learning Contract and Portfolio:
The BGS Learning Contract establishes the student's learning goals and details the path to graduation with the BGS degree. It is the first and foundational document in the student's BGS portfolio, which is a collection of the student's work, reflection on learning, and career preparation efforts. Students will receive detailed instructions and individualized support as they develop their Learning Contract and build their portfolio.
Each semester, students in the BGS program will meet with the program advisor to affirm continued progress toward degree completion and individualized and program goals. When attending this required meeting each semester, students will bring an updated reflection addressing how their current coursework and co-curricular activity or employment is contributing to achievement of their learning outcomes and goals.

INTR 01.488 Career Development 2 S.H.
This course will provide career development for all students in the Bachelor of General Studies Program. Students will engage in self-assessment, career exploration, job search strategies and decision-making.

INTR 01.499 Portfolio 1 S.H.
This course is the portfolio component required for all students in the Bachelor of General Studies Program. Students will analyze their academic progress through self-reflective assessment.

How to Apply

Admission Criteria: Admission to the Bachelor of General Studies program is available to matriculated students who have earned a minimum of 75 credits who require a degree completion program. Successful applicants must be currently matriculated at Rowan; have 45 credits or fewer to complete toward a degree; be transferring from a declared major and provide evidence that they have attempted to make progress in the major; demonstrate that the BGS degree is the best option for them.

Procedure for Admission: Upon advisor or self-referral to the program, students will meet with the program advisor, Ms. Julia Beth Rey (rey@rowan.edu; 856-256-4459), to evaluate their candidacy for the BGS program and to identify the academic focus area. Students deemed to be suitable candidates will complete the BGS application and will submit it to the program coordinator, Dr. Catherine Parrish (parrish@rowan.edu; 856-256-4324). Successful applicants will then work with the advisor and coordinator to complete the BGS Learning Contract.

Student Learning Outcomes

BGS students can:
• define the major concepts contained within their chosen area of study;
• communicate effectively in writing and in oral form;
• access and evaluate information from a variety of sources;
• effectively utilize critical thinking techniques;
• Draw valid conclusions through academic inquiry across disciplines;
• Develop clear, concise and attainable career goals based on their chosen area of study;
• Reflect upon their academic progress in their chosen area of study.

Questions? Please contact:

Ms. Julia Beth Rey, Program Advisor rey@rowan.edu 856-256-4459

Dr. Catherine Parrish, Program Coordinator parrish@rowan.edu 856-256-4324