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Bachelor of General Studies in Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Requirements to Select B.G.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree Option

Liberal Arts and Sciences Admission Criteria

Courses Required

CLAS Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) General Education Requirements

General Education provides opportunities for the development of core skills, critical inquiry, integrated knowledge, an appreciation of diversity, contemporary issues, and social responsibility.

Written Communication - Core Skill and Critical Inquiry

Composition. Satisfied by ENGL 101, ACT English score of 31 or above or SAT English score of 600 or above, AP English Literature & Composition score of 3 or above, or equivalent transfer course. Requirement must be completed during initial term of admission at KU.

Critical Reading and Writing. Satisfied by ENGL 102, or ENGL 105 (Honors), AP English Literature & Composition score of 4 or above, or an equivalent transfer course.

Sophomore Reading and Writing. Satisfied by ENGL 203, or ENGL 205 (Honors), ENGL 209, or ENGL 210 or ENGL 211, AP English Literature & Composition score of 5 or above, or an equivalent transfer course.

Mathematics - Core Skills and Critical Inquiry. All math requirements should be completed in consecutive terms beginning with the initial term.

College-level Mathematics. Satisfied by MATH 101, MATH 104, or Math ACT of 26, or Math SAT of 600, or equivalent transfer course. Advising Alert: Requirement must be completed within the first academic year at KU.

Second-level Mathematics. Satisfied by MATH 105, or MATH 111, or MATH 115, MATH 121, MATH 365, BIOL 570, AP Calculus (AB or BC) score of 3 or above, AP Statistics score of 3 or above, or equivalent transfer course.

Argument & Reason - Core Skills and Critical Inquiry. Satisfied by Completing COMS 130, COMS 131 (Honors), COMS 230, PHIL 148, PHIL 149, PHIL 310, or one year of high school Speech or Debate with B level performance or above. Entering freshmen should consider 100 level options.

Humanities - Understanding the Human Condition. Satisfied by completing 1 course in 2 requirement codes: historical studies (requirement code HT), literature and the arts (requirement code HL), and philosophy and religion (requirement code HR). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal. The purpose of this requirement is to expose students to several disciplines in an effort to help them make informed choices regarding potential majors or minors. Principal courses should be completed early in the curriculum.

Historical Studies (HT). Satisfied by completing 1 course in the historical sciences (requirement code HT).

Literature and the Arts (HL). Satisfied by completing 1 course in literature and the arts (requirement code HL).

Philosophy and Religion (HR). Satisfied by completing 1 course in philosophy and religion (requirement code HR).

Natural Science & Mathematics - Understanding the Natural World. Satisfied by completing 1 course in 2 of the 4 requirement codes: biological sciences (requirement code NB), earth sciences (requirement code NE), mathematical sciences (requirement code NM), and physical sciences (requirement code NP). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal. The purpose of this requirement is to expose students to several disciplines in an effort to help them make informed choices regarding potential majors or minors. Principal courses should be completed early in the curriculum.

Biological Sciences (NB). Satisfied by completing 1 course in the biological sciences (requirement code NB).

Earth Sciences (NE). Satisfied by completing 1course in the earth sciences (requirement code NE).

Mathematical Sciences (NM). Satisfied by completing one course in the mathematical sciences (requirement code NM).

Physical Sciences (NP). Satisfied by completing 1 course in the physical sciences (requirement code NP).

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Understanding Society and Behavior. Satisfied by completing 1 course in 2 requirement codes: individual behavior (requirement code SI), culture and society (requirement code SC), or public affairs (requirement code SF). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal. The purpose of this requirement is to expose students to several disciplines in an effort to help them make informed choices regarding potential majors or minors. Principal courses should be completed early in the curriculum.

Individual Behavior (SI). Satisfied by completing 1 course in individual behavior (requirement code SI).

Culture and Society (SC). Satisfied by completing 1 course in culture and society (requirement code SC).

Public Affairs (SF). Satisfied by completing 1 course in public affairs (requirement code SF).

Western Civilization - Exploration of One's Own and Diverse Cultures. Advising Alert: Requires sophomore-level standing. Courses at other universities may have the same title but may not meet this requirement.

Western Civilization I - Ancient, Medieval & Early Modern Periods of Western Civ. Satisfied by HWC 204 or HWC 114 (Honors).

Western Civilization II - Modern Western Civilization. Satisfied by HWC 205 or HWC 115 (Honors)

Non-Western Culture - Exploration of One's Own and Diverse Culture. Satisfied by completing 1 of the approved courses with a requirement code NW. Availability of courses can be found through the schedule of classes on the Kyou portal.

 

B.G.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree Option Requirements

Students choosing this option complete a more broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum with balanced contributions from natural sciences and mathematics, social sciences, and the humanities (requiring exploration in 15 different disciplines with the completion of a minimum of 100 hours in the College).

World Language/Culture. Satisfied by the completion of 1 of the areas below:

Culture 9 Hrs (9 Required). Satisfied by 3 courses (each 3 credit hours or more) in world, non-Western culture (W or NW designated courses), or language areas. This may include a variety of areas, languages, and cultures.

Additional Natural Sciences and Math. Satisfied by the completion of two additional courses from: the natural sciences (requirement code N) and/or mathematics (MATH prefix courses).

Liberal Arts and Sciences Breadth Requirement. Satisfied by the completion of a course (with a minimum of 2 credit hours) in 15 unique departments/programs within CLAS (as determined by course prefix). Courses fulfilling this requirement may contribute to requirement categories above.

CLAS Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Hours Requirements

  •  45 Jr/Sr (300+) level credit hours
  •  100 credit hours from units in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

 

Minimum hour and grade-point average standards (all CLAS degrees)

  • 120 credit hours
  • 45 junior/senior credit hours (numbered 300 or above)
  • 100 credit hours from units in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • 2.0 minimum KU cumulative grade-point average

Liberal Arts and Sciences common degree requirements (all CLAS B.A. and B.G.S. degrees)

Principal course requirements (all CLAS B.G.S. degrees)

  • Humanities (2 courses):
    Each course must come from a different category: HT, HL, or HR
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics (2 courses):
    Each course must come from a different category: NB, NE, NM, or NP
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 courses):
    Each course must come from a different category: SC, SI, or SF

World language/culture requirement (B.G.S. LA&S degree only)

  • 2 courses (each 3 credit hours or more) in a single world language or
  • In addition to the common degree requirements above, the student must complete 3 courses (each 3 credit hours or more) in world, non-Western culture (W or NW designated courses), or language areas. This may include a variety of areas, languages, and cultures.

Additional natural science and mathematics requirement (B.G.S. LA&S degree only)

  • Beyond the principal course requirements, students must complete 2 courses in natural science (N, NB, NE, NM, or NP) or math (any combination)

LA&S breadth requirement (B.G.S. LA&S degree only)

  • At least 1 course (minimum 2 credit hours) completed in 15 different departments or programs in CLAS (as determined by course prefix)

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