Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019
General Studies (BGS) with a concentration in Criminal Justice (GCJ)
Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 24.0102
Major DescriptionUSF's Bachelor of General Studies Degree (BGS) is a customized, interdisciplinary degree completion program that provides students with options to choose an appropriate academic program that fits their educational and professional goals. The BGS major provides mid-career, adult students with the opportunity to integrate completion of the baccalaureate degree into their established lifestyle.
BGS students will take an active role in creating their academic plans. Rather than choosing a traditional major, BGS students can choose from a number of established plans of study or can create their own individualized plan of study. BGS students complete 24-27 credits (core courses and electives) within a selected concentration in addition to their other degree requirements. Due to the nature of degree completion programs, please note the following admissions requirements: a gap in education of 3 or more years, at least 60 credits earned at a regionally accredited college or university, good academic standing and extensive work experience. In addition to these requirements, all applicants must meet USF's general admissions standards for transfer students. Students pursuing a Bachelor of General Studies degree are restricted from declaring a minor, due to USF's degree progression policy.
Students may not pursue the Bachelor of General Studies as a second major, co-degree (concurrent degree), dual degree, or second or post-baccalaureate degree. Baccalaureate degree holders who wish to pursue further education are encouraged to pursue admission into a graduate degree program of study.
Concentration DescriptionThe Criminal Justice concentration provides students with an exposure to the criminal justice system including law enforcement, detention, the judiciary, corrections, and probation and parole. The objective of the concentration in Criminal Justice is to develop a sound educational basis either for graduate work or for professional training in one or more of the specialized areas comprising the modern urban criminal justice system.
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students desiring to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the University's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this program.
Total Major Hours: 24 Hours
Major Core Courses - 3 HoursUSF Capstone EXIT Requirement:
- IDS 4934 Senior Capstone for BSAS/BGS
Concentration Core Courses - 6 Hours
Concentration Elective Courses - 15 Hours
Choose fifteen (15) credit hours of upper-level Criminal Justice courses with the following prefixes: CCJ, CJE, CJC, or CJL.
Additional Major Requirements
Upon acceptance to the BGS major, students will complete the necessary coursework to reach 120 credit hours. The 120 credit hour requirement includes completing the following:
- USF Foundations of Knowledge and Learning General Education requirements or approved equivalents - unless GE credits were completed at another Florida institution.
- All USF exit requirements.
- Foreign Language Requirement.
- One or two disciplinary concentrations selected by the student and approved by the advisor.
- A minimum of 42 semester hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above).
Major Grade Requirement
A minimum grade of C- or better must be attained in each concentration course.
Major Residency Requirement
At least 30 of the last 60 credit hours must be earned at USF Tampa.
Major Foreign Language Requirement
Foreign language requirement can be satisfied by two years of high school foreign language credit or 8 college credit hours in a single foreign language. Note: ASL 2140C Basic American Sign Language and ASL 2150C Intermediate American Sign Language may be substituted to meet this requirement.
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