New Bachelor of General Studies Degree for Adult Learners

TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2008) – To meet the needs of working and time-strapped adults in the Tampa Bay region, the University of South Florida now offers  a Bachelor of General Studies.  This degree-completion program is designed for individuals who previously earned 60 hours or more of college credits and are now ready to complete their degrees.


The Bachelor of General Studies degree at USF is a customized, interdisciplinary program that provides students with options to choose an academic course of study that fits their educational and professional goals on a full- or part-time basis.


“This program provides busy adults the opportunity to integrate the completion of the baccalaureate degree into their schedules – whether they are currently working, at home or in career transition,” said Lagretta Lenker, director of Metro Initiatives at USF.  The program is offered through USF ECampus and the Office of Undergraduate Studies.  Portions of the program may be taken at the university’s regional campuses, USF Sarasota-Manatee and USF Polytechnic in Lakeland.   


After completing general study requirements, students can select from concentrations in aging studies, business, behavioral health care services, environmental policy and management, hospitality, information technology, management, public administration, urban studies and women’s studies.  The program provides day, evening and distance learning options.


Applicants must have completed at least 60 credit hours at a regionally accredited college or university, must have been out of school three or more years, and must demonstrate the ability to complete the degree.  Information on the BGS program requirements and how to apply is available at or by calling at 1-888-USF4YOU (873-4968).  Advisors can assist individuals select the correct course of study and address how the BGS program can meet the career goals and scheduling needs of working adults.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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