News Alert! General Studies is now Interdisciplinary Studies. 

BGS/IDS Name Change

Frequently Asked Questions 

Students

Why is the name changing?

The College of Humanities surveyed current students and alumni about the strengths and weaknesses of the program. We found that many students loved the degree program and its flexibility. However, they believed the greatest weakness was the name “General Studies” and overwhelmingly suggested “Interdisciplinary Studies” because it represented the nature of the program and better reflected our graduates’ skills to potential employers.

Do I need to do anything because of this change?

If you would like to remain a BGS student, NO, there will be no changes to your degree program. 
If you would like to become an IDS student, YES, you need to opt into the change by speaking to your advisor. 

If I opt-in for the change will my requirements change?

Yes, in addition to changing the name of your degree (from Bachelor of General Studies to Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies), you will be required to take IDS 396A: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies. The course will be taught online in Fall and Spring 7W1 and 7W2 and Summer 5W1. This change is not intended to delay graduation or add to the total number of classes required for the degree pathway. If you are in your final year of the BGS, please contact your advisor about your options. 

If I am an Online or Distance student, does this change affect me?

Yes, this occasion involves our entire BGS community. All BGS students, no matter their campus, will have the opportunity to change their degree to BIS or will enter as a BIS student starting in Fall 2022.

Should I make the change?

It is up to you to determine which degree better suits your needs. Speak to your advisor about any specific questions or concerns. 

 

Admissions & Advisors

When will the changes take place?

The change will be implemented in the Fall 2022 catalog.

Who will the change affect?

The change will only affect students who become IDS students in Fall 2022. 

Will the change affect current students?

No, there will be no change for current students. Their requirements and their degree will remain the same.

Can current students earn a BIS instead of a BGS if they want?

Yes, current students can opt to switch their degree to the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS). 

If students switch to the BIS will they be required to take the new IDS 396A course?

Yes, in addition to changing the name of their degree (from Bachelor of General Studies to Bacheolor of Interdisciplinary Studies), if current students switch to the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree they will be required to take IDS 396A: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies. This change is not intended to delay graduation or add to the total number of classes required for the degree pathway. If students are in their final year of the BGS, please have them contact their BGS advisor about their options. 

What else is changing for incoming students?

Incoming IDS students are now required to take the newly created IDS 396A: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies in their first semester as an IDS student. The course will be taught online in Fall and Spring 7W1 and 7W2 and Summer 5W1.
Incoming students from community colleges can now transfer up to 75 credits toward their degree, an increase from the previous limit of 64. The change will make a college degree more accessible to students with diverse career paths. 

Why is the name changing?

The College of Humanities surveyed current students and alumni about the strengths and weaknesses of the program. We found that many students loved the degree program and its flexibility; however, they believed the greatest weakness was the name “General Studies” because could be perceived negatively by potential employers. “Interdisciplinary Studies'' better represents the nature of the program and better reflects our graduates’ skills to potential employers.

 

Community College partners

When will the changes take place?

The change will be implemented in the Fall 2022 catalog.

Who will the change affect?

The change will only affect students who become IDS students in Fall 2022. There will be no change for current students. Their requirements and their degree will remain the same.

What else is changing for incoming students?

Incoming students from community colleges can now transfer up to 75 credits toward their degree, an increase from the previous limit of 64. The change will make a college degree more accessible to students with diverse career paths. 
Incoming IDS students are now required to take the newly created IDS 396A: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies in their first semester as an IDS student. The course will be taught online in Fall and Spring 7W1 and 7W2 and Summer 5W1.

Why is the name changing?

The College of Humanities surveyed current students and alumni about the strengths and weaknesses of the program. We found that many students loved the degree program and its flexibility; however, they believed the greatest weakness was the name “General Studies” because it was perceived negatively by potential employers. “Interdisciplinary Studies'' better represents the nature of the program and better reflects our graduates’ skills to potential employers.