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  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 120 hours including a significant number of medical, technical and professional courses have been completed. KU policy regarding acceptance of transfer work still applies.
  • Not an option in which students may pursue majors or minors in the College.

 

Undergraduate Admission

Admission to KU

All students applying for admission must send high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Unless they are college transfer students with at least 24 hours of credit, prospective students must send ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions. Prospective first-year students should be aware that KU has qualified admission requirements that all new first-year students must meet to be admitted. Consult the Office of Admissions for application deadlines and specific admission requirements.

Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.

Students considering transferring to KU may see how their college-level course work will transfer on the Office of Admissions website.

Admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Admission to the College is a different process from admission to a major field. Some CLAS departments have admission requirements. See individual department/program sections for departmental admission requirements.

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

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.

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

The Bachelor of General Studies degree has two distinct options and requires, in addition to completion of the KU Core*, either

  • Option A. Completion of the requirements of a single BGS major AND a secondary field of academic study (a second major or minor) OR
  • Option B. Completion of the B.G.S. in Liberal Arts and Sciences, which is also offered as an online degree completion program. This degree program requires:
    • 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 the College or School of the Arts (as determined by course prefix). Courses fulfilling this requirement may also contribute to the KU Core and other requirements.
    • World Language and Culture.
      • 2 courses (each with 3 credit hours or more) in a single world language, or proof of two-semester proficiency in a language other than English,  OR
      • the KU Core, Completion of 3 courses (each with 3 credit hours or more) in world, non-Western culture (W or NW designated courses), or language areas beyond the KU Core. This may include a variety of areas, languages, and cultures.
    • Additional Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Satisfied by the completion of two additional courses from the natural sciences (requirement code N) and/or mathematics (MATH prefix courses) beyond the KU Core

NOTE:  Option B, the BGS in Liberal Arts and Sciences is not an option in which students may pursue a major or minor.

*While Goal 6 of the KU Core can be completed using a course from another major department (prerequisites permitting), LA&S 494:  Senior Seminar in Liberal Arts is an approved Goal 6 course that has been developed specifically for students pursuing the Liberal Arts and Sciences BGS degree.

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

  • 120 credit hours

  • 45 junior/senior credit hours (numbered 300 or above)

  • 2.0 minimum KU cumulative grade-point average

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BGS in Liberal Arts & Sciences. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 2.1 Written Communication (First Course, 2 Crs Required) 3Goal 2.1 Written Communication (Second Course, 2 Crs Required) 3
Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy3Goal 2.2 Communication3
Goal 3 Humanities 3World Language or Culture13-5
Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3Elective (Total Hours)3
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15-17
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 3 Social Science 3Goal 3 Natural Science3
Goal 4.1 US Diversity 3Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3
Second Language or Culture13-5Additional Natural Science and Math Beyond the KU Core23
Elective (Total Hours) 3Culture or Elective13
Elective (Total Hours) 3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15-17 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Additional Natural Science and Math Beyond the KU Core23Goal 5 Social Responsibility and Ethics3
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3LA&S 494 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity)33
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120-124
1

Satisfied by 2 courses (each with 3 credit hours or more) in a single world language, or proof of two-semester proficiency in a language other than English OR satisfied by completion of 3 courses (each with 3 credit hours or more) in world, non-Western culture (W or NW designated courses), or language areas beyond the KU Core. This may include a variety of areas, languages, and cultures.

2

Additional Natural Sciences and Mathematics satisfied by the completion of two additional courses from the natural sciences (requirement code N) and/or mathematics (MATH prefix courses) beyond the KU Core.

3

LA&S 494 is not required for this degree to fulfill Goal 6, but is recommended as it is tailored specifically to students completing this degree program.

Please note:

Additional requirement: Liberal Arts & Sciences Breadth Requirement.  This is satisfied by the completion of  a course (with a minimum of 2 credit hours) in 15 unique departments/programs within the College or School of the Arts (as determined by course prefix). Courses fulfilling this requirement may also contribute to the KU Core and other requirements.

The Liberal Arts and Sciences BGS degree is not an option in which students may pursue a major or minor, however, undergraduate certificates may be pursued/completed.

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to complete 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal.

Graduation with Honors

Undergraduates may earn honors upon graduation in 3 ways. The student may graduate with distinction or highest distinction, earn departmental honors in the major, or complete the University Honors Program. It is possible to earn honors in 1 of these areas, any combination of them, or all 3. The award of honors is noted on the student’s transcript and in the Commencement program. Distinction and highest distinction are noted on the diploma.  However, students completing Option B - the BGS in Liberal Arts and Sciences are not eligible to pursue departmental honors, as this degree option does not include a major.

Graduation with Distinction or Highest Distinction

The top 10 percent of each year’s graduating class is designated as graduating with distinction. Of these, the top one-third is designated as graduating with highest distinction. To be eligible, students must have completed at least 60 credit hours, graded A through F, in residence at KU. See Required Work in Residence below.