The General Studies Program at UM-Dearborn leads to the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree and is specifically designed for community college graduates who want to further their education and pursue another degree while maximizing the transfer of previous coursework. To be eligible to pursue General Studies students must have previously earned an Associate degree. General Studies is designed for students who desire a flexible, individualized course of study, and wish to tailor their coursework to career goals and workplace requirements. Students create their own curriculum path, choosing three individual areas of focus, or minors, instead of a traditional major.  Students may further customize their degree by enrolling in internships or cooperative education. BGS students also have the option of completing one of six professional specializations: Applied Data Analysis; Consumer Behavior; Health Administration; Human Resources; Human Services; or Organizational Writing. A professional specialization is not required however it is a way to give your degree more of a career focus.

Program Goals

1) Be able to think critically across disciplinary lines and demonstrate a creative breadth of knowledge drawn from diverse perspectives

2) Be able to demonstrate fundamental knowledge of each chosen focus area.

3) Be able to take responsibility for life-long educational and career planning which integrates varied approaches in education and a multidisciplinary curriculum

4) Be able to compare and contrast related concepts

For further information about General Studies, contact CASL Advising and Student Records,, 313-593-5293.