Bachelor of General Studies

The Bachelor of General Studies, offered through Temple’s University College, is designed specifically for adult learners with prior college and transferable credits who are ready to complete their undergraduate degree. This 120-credit bachelor’s program focuses on creating a solid foundation for a wide variety of careers, and allows students the opportunity to customize their degree path. 

The General Studies degree program combines major coursework (including two writing intensive courses), general education courses and electives. The curriculum is specifically tailored to enhance students’ critical thinking skills, effective communication abilities and interdisciplinary knowledge to achieve their personal and professional goals. Students receive personalized guidance from the University College Academic and Student Services team to develop the curriculum that meets their needs. Students also have access to courses and resources available at any of Temple’s campuses, including Main Campus, Ambler Campus, Temple University Harrisburg and Temple University Center City

You can customize your degree by choosing a combination of minors and/or certificates across our schools and colleges, or by choosing one of the following areas of focus. 

  • Arts and architecture;
  • business, sports and communication;
  • health and human services;
  • humanities, education and social sciences; and
  • science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Learn more about each area of focus in the Classes and Curriculum section below.

The General Studies degree program is flexible, customizable and prepares you to adapt to an ever-changing workplace. You will complete your degree with a capstone course, which provides opportunities to integrate academic learning with professional experiences in a culminating project that combines knowledge, skills and reflection within your selected area of focus.

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Classes and Curriculum

This program comprises coursework offered by Temple’s schools and colleges. Students can customize their degree by choosing two or more existing minors or certificate programs, or by choosing one of the following academic areas of focus.

The program’s major requirements include the following.

  • A minimum of 36 credits in an academic focus.

  • At least two writing-intensive courses, one of which will be the capstone course.

  • At least 30 credits of upper-level courses must be completed.

Learn more about the Bachelor of General Studies curriculum.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the General Studies degree program will be prepared to

  • evaluate and synthesize knowledge from interdisciplinary perspectives.  
  • communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing.  
  • demonstrate critical analysis and evaluation of an argument, including the argument’s assertions, background and assumptions, evidence used to support assertions, and the explanatory utility, and present conclusions, interpretations and implications.  
  • build and apply research and critical analysis skills in ways that are informed by discipline-specific methodologies.  
  • critically reflect on the relationship between their prior academic and nonacademic life experience with the skills and knowledge acquired through their academic area of focus.

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The flexibility of the Bachelor of General Studies extends to many options for advanced study. Your individualized academic focuses and coursework can determine your related graduate degrees and certificates. Learn more about graduate programs at Temple.

Your Academic and Student Services Team

Bachelor of General Studies students receive personalized support from the University College Academic and Student Services team. Students work collaboratively with staff to select courses and determine post-graduation plans. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester, and may do so virtually and in-person at most Temple campuses.

Questions

For more information about this program and how to apply for admission or reenroll, contact the University College Academic and Student Services team.

Phone: 215-204-6565
Email: BGSadmissions@temple.edu

Program Administrators

Vicki Lewis McGarvey, vice provost for University College.
Nicole M. Westrick, associate vice provost for University College.
Tara E. Stasik, director of academic and student services for University College.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of General Studies offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2020–2021 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $670.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,208.00 per credit

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