Bachelor of General Studies

About this Program

The general studies degree program at Wayland provides interested students an opportunity to combine a liberal arts background with a concentration in a specific area of interest. Students choose two customizable concentrations to meet their personal and professional interests, while also taking specific core courses.

Students pursuing a general studies degree may choose concentrations in art, business administration, communications, education, environmental science, environmental studies, exercise and sport science, graphic design, history, justice administration, media communications, political science, psychology, sociology, and/or theatre.

The program requires students to complete 124-semester hours. Of those, 42 semester hours must be upper-level credit. Other hourly requirements are met through fulfilling the university’s core curriculum; please refer to the catalog for specifics.

Students with a B.G.S. major should also remember that they will choose two concentrations in the degree; however, the concentrations’ hourly requirements cannot overlap and students are not able to use more that 15 hours in any discipline toward the B.G.S. degree. This shouldn’t pose a challenge as concentration requirements are split into 15 hours, or 5 courses, each.

Students will also complete the following course requirements for the Bachelor of General Studies degree:

  • COSC 2311
  • EDIT 2310
  • MSCI 2311
  • MUSI 3302

General Education Core Course Requirements

Course Requirements Course Hours
@ENGL 1301, 1302 and 3 hours from a literature course 9
HIST 1303, 1304, 2301, 2302 6
Pick One Course - ECON 2307, EDUC 2307, GEOG 1301, GEOG 1302, PHIL 1301, PSYC 1301, or Soci 1301 3
Pick One Course - ART 1301, ART 2302, MUSI 1301, MUSI 1303, MUSI 3302, MUSI 3305, MUSI 3306, MUSI 3307, THEA 1303, FINAR 2401 3
**Math 1304 or higher 3
Science - Laboratory Science 4
POLS 2301 3
COMS 1301,1303, 2302, 2303 3
*RLGN 1301 or 1303 and  1302 or 1304 6
UNIV 1100 1
Total 43

*Wayland Baptist University will not accept RLGN 1301, Old Testament History, or RLGN 1302, New Testament History, or their equivalents, from any institution except other Baptist universities. In no case will either of these two courses be accepted if they were taken by correspondence. The School of Religion & Philosophy must approve any exception to this policy.

**Remedial level courses may not be used to fulfill the mathematics requirement. Equivalents to MATH 1300 or above may be used.

@Must be taken within first year of enrollment.