Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019
General Studies (BGS) with a concentration in Women's and Gender Studies (GWS)
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.
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
The Women’s and Gender Studies concentration offers a critical examination of women’s experiences and issues through history, culture, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and other important intersections of identity. The program seeks to provide students with a sound educational basis for graduate work or further professional pursuits in health, education, activism, social service, or social justice.
Concentration Core Courses - 6 Hours
- WST 3015 Introduction to Women's Studies
- Any WST Theory course (4000 level)
Concentration Elective Courses - 15 Hours
- COM 4030 Women and Communication
- SYD 4800 Gender and Society
- WST 2600 Human Sexual Behavior
- WST 3324 Women, Environment, and Gender
- WST 3370 Women and Social Action
- WST 4002 Feminist Research Methods
- WST 4262 Literature by Women of Color in the Diaspora
- WST 4310 History of Feminism in the US
- WST 4320 Politics and Issues in Women's Health
- WST 4522 Classics in Feminist Theory
- WST 4561 Contemporary Feminist Theory
- WST 4930 Selected Topics
- WST 3006 Careers and Professionalism in WGS
- WST 3334 Queer Film & Television
- WST 3380 Sexualities Studies
- WST 3602 Introduction to LGBTQ Cultures
- WST 4336 Feminist Theories of Media & Popular Culture
- WST 4645 Queer Theory
All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.
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