Outer WrapperAbout The Program College of Arts and Sciences General Studies Request InformationSchedule a Visit Apply Now Northern's General Studies degree is an option for you if you've earned a significant number of credits toward a degree, but wish to change your program of study. To pursue a BGS degree, you must have a 2.0 GPA. Flexible The BGS program is flexible - you might say it allows you to design your own degree. The program delivers the academic expertise required for a broad range of occupations, while allowing you to follow your passion. The BGS allows you to tailor your program of study to fit a variety of interests. The General Studies AA degree is available on the NSU campus, online and in Huron, S.D. Convenient The BGS is convenient for students who: Are upperclassmen Have taken time off from school Are in the workforce and would like to enhance their professional opportunities with a degree Wish to design a well-rounded, diverse, yet formal educational experience Areas of emphasis With the BGS, you can focus on three of any of the following 15-credit areas of emphasis: Allied Health Business Education Fine Arts Humanities Social Science Science, Engineering and Mathematics Technology Wellness For program details, please contact the BGS academic advisor at 605-626-7900. Scholarships Arts and Sciences Scholarships NSU Scholarships Courses General Studies (BGS) Course Requirements General Studies (AA) Course Requirements Plans of Study General Studies (BGS) Plan of Study General Studies (AA) Plan of Study Program Success/Outcomes View this post on Instagram “When my mom came to the U.S. from Somalia, she met a friend, and his son came to Aberdeen and went to Northern. He called me and said, ‘You should come to Northern.’ I went one year to Upward Bound, and then decided this is the perfect place. I’m involved in TRIO and the International Student Club, and I’m an orientation leader. Next semester I’m making my own club, called the Multicultural Student Union. Right now with my summer job on campus, my biggest goal is to create that club. I wanted to be active on campus to manage my time and to get experience. My dream is to become a president for my home country. I want to help my country, since in Somalia it’s hard to get a good education. So if I learn here, I can teach them what I learned so I can help the community. Coming from Mogadishu, Aberdeen is kind of small to me, but people are very kind. It’s a cool place and Northern is the best choice for me.” – Abdulahi (Ab) Ali #beNORTHERN #unleashYOURpotential #NorthernStateU A post shared by Northern State University (@northernstateu) on Jun 28, 2019 at 11:08am PDT Contact Information For more information about the General Studies (BGS) course, contact Jani Kovach or call 605-626-2267. For more information about the General Studies (AA) course, contact Madia Droppers or call 605-626-3369. Our Faculty Jani Kovach Department Art College of Arts and Sciences History and Social Sciences Music School of Fine Arts Theater Programs Art (Fine) Art (Graphic Design) Art Education Criminal Justice Criminal Justice (online) Digital Media (AS) Digital Media (BFA) General Studies Government History History Education Music Music Education Music Education Master (Online) Theatre Pre-Law Pre-Social Work Sociology Studio Art Ms. Kovach joined NSU in 2018 as a professional academic advisor. She has worked in various areas within higher education since 2006, and found her greatest bliss helping students find their academic niche and succeed. Ms. Kovach earned a B.A. in forensic and biological anthropology and an M.S. in leadership for higher education. She has presented her research on peer mentorship, student retention, and first-year initiatives at the international ACPA conference, and has served in leadership roles within a number of professional organizations.