Bachelor of General Studies

General Studies: American Studies

General Studies: American Studies
Hours33 Credit Hours
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Program Requirements

This is a Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Program. Please contact the BGS office at 1-888-298-3137 or (801) 422-4351.
Have 27 hours of campus residency.
Complete a minimum of 10 hours in the emphasis after formal admission to the BGS program.
Thirty of the 120 hours must be 300-level or above courses.
Students must earn a minimum 2.0 BYU grade point average, a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average, and a minimum 2.0 emphasis grade point average.
The program must be completed in eight years or less.
All emphasis courses taken after admission to BGS must be BYU courses.
requirement 1 Complete 1 course
Prerequisite Course (must be completed before taking any other courses, includes preparing academic plan which must be approved before proceeding):
requirement 3 Complete 18.0 hours from the following option(s)
Elective courses:
requirement 4 Complete 1 course
Complete a capstone course (last course to be completed):
Program Outcomes: 

BGS Learning Outcome - Aims of a BYU Education

Reflect on and describe how their coursework in the BGS program has contributed to the aims of a BYU education:

  • Spiritually strengthening
  • Character building
  • Intellectually enlarging
  • Preparing for lifelong learning and service

American Culture

Demonstrate an understanding of the multifaceted nature of American culture and identity.

American History

Demonstrate an understanding of the major events in American history such as its social, political, economic, or literary aspects.

American Politics

Recognize the interdependence of culture and politics in American life and history.