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General Education Required Courses: 57-66 credits

1. English Composition: 3-6 credits

Candidates must complete English 105 and 106 within their first two semesters in residence. However, students with an acceptable score on the English placement test will be exempt from 105 and may enroll directly in English 106.

2. Foreign Languages: 3-9 credits

Candidates must earn at least 3 credits in a foreign language at the 200 level or higher.

3. Mathematics and Computer Science: 9 credits

Math 101 or an acceptable score on the math placement test is required. In addition, students must take either Math 113 (finite mathematics) or a math course approved by the advisor.CSC 118 or an approved equivalent is also mandatory.

4. History and Social Sciences: 15 credits

Degree candidates must earn 6 credits in a two-semester history survey sequence. In addition, students must earn 9 credits in at least two of the following disciplines: anthropology; communication; economics; geography; politics and public affairs; psychology; or sociology.

5. Natural Sciences: 6 credits

Candidates may fulfill the Natural Sciences requirement by taking 6 credits in one or more of the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, geological sciences; environmental sciences; marine sciences, physics and physical sciences.

6. Humanities: 21 credits

Required courses are noted. Other listed courses are recommendations, but students may select alternative courses outlined in the Undergraduate Bulletin to fulfill the additional 9 credits in humanities.

  1. Religious Studies: 3 credits
    1. REL 101 Introduction to Religion or
    2. REL 131 Religion in American Life or
    3. REL 151 Religion and Moral Choices
  2. Fine Arts: 3 credits
    1. ARH 131 Survey of Western Art I or
    2. ARH 132 Survey of Western Art II or
    3. ARH 133 Art of Non-Western Cultures
  3. Philosophy: 3 credits
    1. PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy or
    2. PHI 110 Critical Thinking or
    3. PHI 130 Contemporary Moral Issues
  4. Literature: 3 credits
    1. ENG 201/202 World Literary Masterpieces*
    2. ENG 211/212 English Literature*
    3. ENG 213/214 American Literature*
  5. Other Humanities: 9 credits
    Students may select general humanities credits from any of the above disciplines as well as American Studies in Humanities, Art, Cinema and Interactive Media, Dance, Theatre Arts, Musicology, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish or French Literature, or Women and Gender Studies.

    *One of these six courses must be taken to meet the literature requirement

Interdisciplinary Courses: 15 credits

The interdisciplinary courses serve as the core of the BGS program. Designed to strengthen critical thinking and writing skills of the students, each course is taught by exceptional University of Miami faculty who are committed to the adult student. Each BGS candidate will take five interdisciplinary courses that will address each of the following categories:

  1. Ideas and Inquiry
  2. The Creative Imagination
  3. Science and Human Values
  4. Historical Understanding
  5. Writing the Research Paper (required)

Candidates for the BGS degree must earn a grade of “C” or higher in Interdisciplinary and Area of Concentration courses and maintaining a GPA of 2.5 to meet the requirement for BGS graduation.

Area of Concentration: 30 credits

Every candidate for a degree must select an area of concentration. The candidate designs an area of concentration that meets his/her professional and personal goals. The program must meet final approval with a selected faculty member and the director of the program. Students must earn grades of "C" or higher and maintain a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA in the selected area of concentration courses to receive graduation approval.

Electives: 15 credits

Students choose elective courses in consultation with their advisor to complete the 120-credit graduation requirement.