BACHELOR OF GENERAL STUDIES

Description

If you want to complete a degree that specifically meets your academic or career goals, or if you want to apply credit and/or learning acquired in different settings toward a degree, then consider the UCFV Bachelor of General Studies degree. The Bachelor of General Studies provides a flexible degree structure for students with a variety of educational goals that do not fit within any of the more structured degrees offered by UCFV. Students are expected to gain a broad general educational background and so are required to complete course work that satisfies the following breadth requirements:

In addition to this breadth, students are expected to develop depth in some areas of study and so are required to complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits. Students may choose to concentrate their studies by completing one or more minors as part of their degree, but there is no requirement to do so.

The following list of minors is available to student in the Bachelor of General Studies degree program. The minors are listed according to Faculty. Please refer to the relevant section of the UCFV calendar for the specific requirements for each minor. Minors shown with an asterisk (*) are pending.

Faculty of Arts & Applied Arts

Anthropology, Applied Ethical and Political Philosophy, Criminal Justice, English, French*, Geography, History, Latin American Studies, Mathematics*, Mathematics and Statistics*, Media and Communications Studies, Sociology, Theatre, Visual Arts.

Faculty of Community Access, Business, and Information Technology

General Business, Accounting, Financial Management, Marketing, Human Resources/Organization Studies, Management Science/Information Systems, International Business.

Faculty of Science, Health, & Human Services

Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science*, Mathematics, Mathematics and Statistics*, Physics.

Students can pursue one of two options within the BGS degree: the General option and the Thematic option.

Option 1: General

The general option allows students to earn their degree by including the courses used to satisfy the learning outcomes plus 45 credits of upper-level courses, and their appropriate prerequisites.

Option 2: Thematic

The thematic option allows students to create a program of study from a variety of disciplines but with a common theme (for example, international studies, gender studies, or advertising). Students selecting this option will submit a proposed plan of study prepared with the assistance of the program advisor. The plan must include courses that satisfy the learning outcomes, plus 45 credits of upper-level study of which 24 credits are in the thematic area. This plan must be approved by a committee of faculty, drawn together because of their expertise in the student’s proposed area of study.

Entrance requirements

Students must have 30 post-secondary credits** of which nine must be university-level credits, including three credits of English composition or other writing courses (see program requirements, below). Please note a minimum of 2.0 GPA is required for entry into the degree program.

** For the purposes of this degree, post-secondary credits will be interpreted as credits that are transcripted by UCFV as 100-level or higher.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition may form an integral part of the BGS degree. It is assumed that students will apply to the degree with many diverse types of learning in their background, including both formal (transcripted) and informal. For further details about the recognition of informal learning for credit, please see Prior Learning and Assessment and Recognition, in the Introduction and General Information section.  Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits in UCFV courses, including at least 15 upper-level credits. Provided those requirements are met, up to 50 percent of credits required for the degree may be met through recognition of non-formal credit through the PLAR process (including course challenges). Total transfer credit and prior learning credit must not exceed 90 credits.

This plan must be approved by a committee of faculty, drawn together because of their expertise in the students' proposed area of study.

How to apply

Submit the application fee along with your UCFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. Application forms are available from any A&R or Student Services office.

Additional documents required for a complete application:

The supplemental form, “Proposed Plan of Study”, is available from the program advisor. This form outlines how you plan to meet the graduation requirements. It can be prepared with the help of the Bachelor of General Studies program advisor.

You will be advised of an admission decision and, if accepted, will be provided with registration information.
A deposit is required when you register. This money will be applied to the tuition fees and is not refundable. Final payment of all course fees is due at the end of the second week of class.

Program requirements

The Bachelor of General Studies requires completion of 120 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. At least 30 credits must be completed at UCFV, of which at least 15 must be upper-level credits.

The 120 credits must include coursework that satisfies the breadth requirements listed previously. Courses from which students may choose are listed below, but for more specific information and possible alternatives to the list, consult the Bachelor of General Studies Advisor.

Three credits of English composition or Communications writing course:

Six credits chosen from:

Six credits chosen from:

Six credits chosen from:

Six credits chosen from:

Plus 45 upper-level credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Additional requirements for the thematic option

In order to qualify for the BGS thematic option, students must develop a learning plan with the assistance of the program advisor. The thematic plan will include 24 upper-level credits in the thematic area. The learning plan should demonstrate an integrated, coherent, and in-depth knowledge in the thematic area, and must be submitted to the program advisor and approved by a two-person faculty team selected for their expertise in the focus area. Students completing their approved thematic learning plans with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the thematic courses and satisfying the BGS requirements will receive a Bachelor of General Studies degree with the thematic option identified.

Part-time program advisor

Chelene Koenig, BSc (Alberta), Prof. Teaching Cert. (UBC), MAdEd (St. Francis Xavier)

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