Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


General Studies (BGS) with a concentration in Educational Foundations (GEF)

Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 24.0102

Undergraduate Studies


Major Description

USF'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 Description

Students who enroll in Educational Foundations will explore the impact society has had on learning and education. Coursework provides opportunities for students to study the learning process including assessment, perspectives of diverse learners, the organization of schooling, and its links to broader political and historical contexts, the potential of educational systems to bring about social change. The Educational Foundations concentration can be a valuable program addition for students pursuing careers in social and behavioral sciences, law, and youth services among many other career fields. The concentration is appropriate for non-teacher education majors who want to enhance their understanding of educational institutions and the learning process and for those who intend to apply to graduate school in an education program.

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 Hours

USF Capstone EXIT Requirement:

Concentration Core Courses - 15 Hours

  • EEX 4742 Narrative Perspectives on Exceptionality: Cultural and Ethical Issues or EEX 4070 Integrating Exceptional Students into the Regular Classroom
  • EDF 4490 Studies in Research Design or EDF 4430 Measurement for Teachers or any measurement course for teachers
  • EDF 3122 Learning and the Developing Child or EDF 3214 Human Development and Learning or EDF 4124 Child Growth and Learning
  • Any pre-approved ESOL course offered by USF
  • EDF 3604 Schools in Society

Concentration Elective Courses - 6 Hours

Any six (6) credit hours of 3000-4000 level coursework with the following prefixes: EDE, EDF, EDG, EDP, EEC, EVT, FLE, LAE, or TSL. 

Note: Courses restricted to College of Education majors, field experience and/or internship courses will not be approved as electives for the concentration.

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

Office of Undergraduate Studies (UGS)

Location/Phone: Student Services Building (SVC) 2002; (813) 974-4051

Website: http://www.usf.edu/undergrad/programs/bgs/

Major Other Information

The following BGS Areas of Concentration are offered fully or partially online:

  • Computer Systems Technology (partially online)
  • Criminal Justice (fully online)
  • Educational Foundations (partially online)
  • Environmental Policy (partially online)
  • Information Studies: Information Architecture (fully online)
  • Public Administration (fully online)
  • Public Health (fully online)
  • Urban Studies (partially online)

Consult advisor for availability of online course offerings.

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