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Liberal Arts and Sciences Bachelor of General Studies Degree

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Why pursue the B.G.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences degree option?

If, as a student, your personal goals are best served by:

  • 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).
  • The broadest preparation for admission into a professional program.
  • An avenue for adding a bachelor’s degree to an already existing technical degree or licensure certificate.
  • A degree option with maximum flexibility.
  • A distance-education option for a KU degree.
  • A degree that provides students the opportunity to build the skills and knowledge employers indicate are required for success in our changing economy and world community—skills that are limited in current college graduates.

The B.G.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences degree option is

  • Not an “Easy Out” degree option. Academic standards are the same for all degrees granted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Not a quick option for a bachelor’s degree when a minimum of 124 hours including a significant number of medical, technical and professional courses have been completed. KU policy regarding acceptance of transfer work still applies. Students are allowed to use a maximum of 24 hours outside of the College toward the degree.
  • Not an option in which students may pursue majors or minors in the College.

LA&S Courses

Some LA&S courses are special seminars that do not fulfill specific requirements. They vary greatly but share an interdisciplinary nature, relevant and thought-provoking topics, and an emphasis on classroom discussion. Other LA&S courses are taught on the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University. Some fulfill the non-Western culture requirement.

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