Jun 25, 2022  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

General Studies (B.G.S.) - Business Specialization

64 Hours Required, 120 Degree Hours

The Bachelor of General Studies is a flexible degree program designed to serve the needs of individuals who have earned numerous credits but have not completed their degrees. Students work with an advisor to determine course equivalencies and to develop an appropriate degree completion plan. Students earning a B.G.S. complete all regental and institutional general education requirements, as well as designated credit hours of coursework in each of three emphasis areas. Majors and minors are not available within the B.G.S., and eligibility is limited to students who have completed at least 60 credit hours. A separate application process is required; contact the Center for Academic and Career Planning for more information.

The B.G.S.–Business Specialization is intended to encourage students holding a two-year degree in a business discipline to earn a bachelor’s degree in the field of business without undertaking the additional coursework required for a traditional business degree.

Students must meet the following three criteria to be eligible for admission to the B.G.S.–Business Specialization:

  • Documentation of a completed Associate’s Degree in a business discipline from an accredited technical institute or community college.
  • A 2.85 or higher cumulative grade point average from the technical institute or community college.
  • Prior acceptance to the B.G.S. program by the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office.

Admission to the B.G.S. program by the Beacom School of Business requires a completed special application form submitted to and approved by the Beacom School of Business Student Services Center.

Regental General Education Requirements (15 hours)

System-wide Graduation Requirements (SGR) in addition to those incorporated into other requirements listed below: 

  • (3 cr.)
  • (3 cr.)
  • Speech communication fulfilling SGR Goal #2  (3 cr.)
  • Social Sciences SGR Goal #3 is fulfilled in the program requirements (see below)
  • Arts and Humanities (excluding English) fulfilling SGR Goal #4  (6 cr.)-3 credit hours must be in Arts and 3 credit hours must be in Humanities.
  • Mathematics SGR Goal #5 is fulfilled in the program requirements (see below)
  • Natural Science SGR Goal #6 is fulfilled in the program requirements (see below)

Specific B.G.S. Degree Requirements (64 hours)

In addition to regental and institutional requirements for the baccalaureate degree, coursework and assessment specific to the BGS–Business Specialization are required.

Electives (41 hours)


Upper-division business courses (ACCT, BADM, ECON, HSAD) used to fulfill the specified course requirements above must be completed through the University of South Dakota’s Beacom School of Business. Transferred upper-division courses may be used as electives.

At least 32 credits hours towards the degree must be at the upper-division level.

Note: ENGL 101, 201, and 205; MATH 101; and SPCM 101 may not be included in emphasis areas. Credit for PE 100 (activity courses) is limited to six hours. Coursework in emphasis areas may also be used to fulfill other degree requirements.