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Beyond Bananas and Breadfruit

Whether or not you’ve visited the Caribbean, you’ve likely consumed the fruits of the region—and not just the bananas and breadfruit, which ironically…

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Q: Is this a marketable degree?
A: Definitively. Professionals from varying occupations believe their liberal arts degree prepared them effectively for their careers and often recommended a liberal arts major to students considering those same careers. The skills that your liberal arts degree develops are applicable in a variety of job fields; you'll be surprised just how "marketable" you are to prospective employers.

Q: Can I transfer my previous college work?
A: Yes; All credits earned from an accredited college or university are accepted assuming a grade of "C" or better on college level, academic courses. The last 45 credits of the 120 credit major must be earned at the University of Miami.

Q: When are classes available?
A: Students may select courses from day, evening or weekend schedules depending on their preference.

Q: Can I go on to graduate school?
A: Absolutely. The BGS degree prepares you for further study at any accredited college or university. Our graduates have pursued graduate degrees in liberal arts, education, the humanities, the social sciences, law and business.

Q: What is the tuition?
A:It is about 1/3 of the normal tuition.

Q: Do I get a major?
A: No; however, you do get to pick your own area of concentration. You can pick up to three different subjects and outline your own 30 credit curriculum. This curriculum must be approved by the Director or Associate Dean before you begin taking your A/C classes.

Q: What are the Interdisciplinary Courses?
A: They are classes that are only open to BGS students. You must take 5 throughout your degree program, one of which must be ENG 333: Writing the Research Paper.

Q: Is there financial aid available?
A: Yes. We offer the annual Osher Scholarship to 20 recipients. In addition, you are eligible for financial aid along the guidelines set forth by the financial aid office. All financial aid is handled by the financial aid office, and concerns about it must be taken up with them.

Q: How long does it take to finish the degree?
A: It depends on how many credits you transfer in. Many of our students come in with an AA-if this is the case the degree can be finished within 2-3 years. If you have fewer credits, it may take anywhere from 3-6 years, depending on how many classes you take per semester.

Q: Does TR apply to the BGS program?
A: Yes. Full-time regular employees can receive a 100 percent tuition remission benefit for two courses per semester with a maximum of 15 credits per calendar year. For more information, please contact the Tuition Remission Department at 305-284-3004.

Q: What is the age requirement for BGS?
A: You must be either 22 years old or 4 years out of high school.