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An Online Degree for Those Who Want Flexibility

For people who would like to earn a degree but are not sure what to major in, a Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree may be a good option. A BGS degree covers many disciplines and works well for those who do not want to choose a highly specialized career path. The flexibility of online bachelor's degree programs allows you to pursue more education while working and balancing a busy schedule.

What Does a Bachelor of General Studies Consist Of?

A Bachelor of General Studies combines elements of many disciplines into one undergraduate degree. Students can customize their coursework and choose from several concentrations. At Lamar University, the 120 semester credit hours students need to complete the degree will include 45 advanced electives chosen in the student's fields of interest. The advance electives will consist of 12 hours in each of three areas of specialization that can include criminal justice, family and children studies, gaming and web applications for the 21st century, English and literary studies, communications, and creative arts.

Benefits of Taking Classes Online

Taking classes online does not mean that the coursework will be easy or that you only have to listen to lectures. All students are expected to contribute by posting responses in discussion forums and through direct interaction with the instructor. Open discussions can lead to a more in-depth class where students can learn from classmates' posts as well as course readings and instructor notes. Digital technology can enhance the course by giving students multiple perspectives and the opportunity for interaction. The online format also gives students the chance for ongoing review and discussion.

Study at Your Own Pace

While the flexibility of completing assignments, lessons and research at your own pace is an advantage of online studies, students will build skills in other areas as well. Successfully completing an online degree program demonstrates a student's abilities in time management, critical thinking, planning and coordination. Experience with the latest training programs and techniques using technology may be an added benefit for future employment.

If you have never taken college courses or it has been awhile since you have done so, pursuing a BGS degree may open up new possibilities for you. By taking courses from many fields, you may find a particular area of interest and decide to concentrate on a specific degree. However, a general bachelor's degree may be exactly what you need to move up at your current job or switch careers.

Learn more about Lamar University's Bachelor of General Studies online.


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