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Bachelor of General Studies Advising Information

The University's Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree program provides an interdisciplinary degree program that facilitates study across the academic disciplines and professional fields. It is designed for students whose academic interest or career objectives require an individualized approach.

Current General Studies Students

Students who are already declared in the Bachelor of General Studies degree can find helpful information and resources for the program on the student resources page: Student Resources for current BGS students

Entrance RequirementsSpringtime on Campus

  • Students must have completed a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits from an accredited institution
  • Students may not use the BGS degree as a second bachelor's degree
  • The BGS degree is not an online degree
  • To declare the major, students must first meet with an academic advisor in the University Advising Center (Pennington Student Achievement Center, Suite 405, (775) 784-4684)
    • If your advisor deems the General Studies degree as not your best option, they will go over the process for you to pursue the appropriate degree
    • If your advisor deems the General studies as your best option, they will review the requirements for the degree and help you determine how many courses are remaining to graduate

Program Requirements

  • Students must complete a 30-credit cluster of thematically-related coursework
  • Eighteen of the 30 credits must be 300-400 level
  • The thematic cluster must include coursework crossing three departments within one college or two colleges
    • To see which departments fall under each college, view the UNR course catalog at
  • The student will design the cluster and may use courses already completed.  Students submit a cluster proposal which lists the courses being used in the thematic cluster along with a proposal paper that defends the use of the coursework as a thematic cluster
  • Students in the General Studies program may declare no more than two minors
    • A maximum of 9 credits from any minor may be included in the thematic cluster

Prospective General Studies Students

The General Studies program must be carefully constructed and is intended for those students who academic or career interests fall outside of the scope of existing majors at the University of Nevada, Reno.  As such, students considering a degree in General Studies must meet with an academic advisor in the University Advising Center to discuss whether the degree is appropriate for their academic and career aspirations.  Only after meeting with an academic advisor will a student be able to declare the General Studies degree.  To schedule an appointment with the University Advising Center, students may either call (775) 784-4684 or stop by the University Advising Center in Pennington Student Achievement Center, Suite 405.

General Studies Student Profiles

Contact Information

For any questions regarding the Bachelor of General Studies program or to schedule an appointment, please contact:

University Advising Center
Pennington Student Achievement Center, Suite 405
(775) 784-4684

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