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Bachelor of General Studies - Round Rock Campus

Major in General Studies

Program Requirements

  • 2 General Studies courses

  • 2.25 Texas State GPA for each minor, all minor courses and BGS courses must be a 'C' or higher

  • 3 Texas State minors

  • Complete 12 advanced hours in each minor, no substitutions

  • Minimum of 120 degree hours

  • Other core and degree requirements as stipulated by Texas State 

Process for Declaring a BGS Major at the
Round Rock Campus (for current TXST students):

  1. Call 512.716.4001 to schedule an advising appointment with the BGS academic advisor at the Round Rock Campus to discuss the career theme(s) or minors you are interested in. 
  2. Fill out the Change of Curriculum form provided by your academic advisor.

Choosing 3 Minors to Reach Your Career Goals

Majoring in General Studies offers a wide variety of employment options. Students challenge themselves to investigate, examine, and synthesize individual subject areas. This analysis provides skills that are attractive to potential employers. The General Studies courses will help students identify connections among their personal interests, three chosen minors, and career options.

Round Rock Campus students can select minors in one of two ways:


Public Sector Leadership - Public Administration, Mass Communication, Sociology: Effective and ethical leadership and management are needed for all types of organizations. Knowing how to communicate a vision, think strategically, solve problems and adapt an organization to complex social and economic change is all part of being a public service leader. 

CYBERCRIME - Computer Science, Forensic Psychology, and Criminal Justice Minors: One of the most rapidly growing social problems is that communication technology has made us and vital information more available and more vulnerable to criminal misuse. There are a variety of careers from crime prevention to information security to crime education, incorporated in this theme of study.

SOCIAL MARKETING - Business, Mass Communication, and Computer Science or Sociology Minors: Communication technology has provided the opportunity to access consumers, analyze their buying patterns, and selectively market products like never before. Combining these minors in allows students to take a first step towards a variety of careers in this area.
CAREER TRAINING - Psychology, Sociology, and Business Minors: Organizations are constantly bringing in new employees and have a constant need to integrate them into work groups, train, motivate, and reward them. Being responsible for this training means knowing not just how the organization runs, but what can set someone on a career path towards working with a company’s most important product – its people.
COMMUNITY SECURITY - Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology, Sociology or Mass Communication Minors: 
An important benefit of belonging to any community – company, campus, town, or club – is not only belonging, but feeling and being secure. Careers in this area explore designing crime prevention, recognizing criminal behavior, enhancing safety and security procedures, improving communication to the public, and collaboration with law enforcement. 

SOCIAL ANALYSIS - Mathematics, Criminal Justice, and Psychology or Sociology Minors: Some of the most important information is not immediately obvious. It takes careful social, and sometimes statistical, analysis to reveal patterns that tell organization what direction to proceed in or what actions to take. The challenge may be how to reduce shoplifting in a large grocery store, how to increase enrollment at a small college, or how to improve a company’s image in the local community. Having the analytical and interpretive skills to collect and make use of hidden information is marketable in a variety of careers from advertising to politics.


The following minors are offered at the Round Rock Campus or via hybrid
and online instruction:

  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • English (Hybrid)
  • Forensic Psychology (Hybrid)
  • Mass Communication (Hybrid)
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology (Hybrid)
  • Public Administration (Hybrid)
  • Sociology (Online)

Go to the University College webpage to view the BGS Minor Checksheets which include the required courses for each minor.

Note: This webpage provides a full listing of University BGS minors. Please refer to the list above for the minor options offered at the RRC.

Excluded Minor Combinations:

Though the major is interdisciplinary and based on three minors as defined by the Texas State catalog, certain minor combinations may not be allowed if coursework is duplicative. A course may be counted toward more than one minor only if it is specifically required by those minors. As of January 2010, several minor combinations were no longer allowed for new students declaring the General Studies major.

General Studies Core Courses

GNST 3350
This course includes assignments designed to encourage self-analysis of career interests and planning, and selection of component minors for BGS majors. Students will develop a degree plan matched to their career interests and/or their initial proposal for the GNST 4350 project. Successful completion requires a grade of C or higher. Prerequisite: Declaration of the BGS major, Texas State GPA 2.0 or better, instructor permission.

GNST 4350
In this course students will complete an applied, interdisciplinary project incorporating all BGS component minors. The Project will consist of research, interviews, literature reviews, graphic support and other information gathering, presentation and analysis resulting in a written product targeted at the student’s chosen area. Prerequisite: GNST 3350 with a grade of "C" or higher, Texas State GPA 2.0 or better, and instructor permission.

Letter from Alum

Dr. Nelson and Ms. Chrans,

I just wanted to check in with you guys and let you know how everything is going since graduation.
After walking on Saturday, I took a position as an Inside Sales Account Manager with an IT company in Austin. . . . I have received an offer letter from every company I have interviewed with since graduation, and I have no doubt that my GNST courses are the reason why. Not only have they helped my interviewing skills, but made me more thorough and attentive to detail in my daily responsibilities at work. I just wanted to say thanks, and tell you guys the coursework was 110% relevant and important. Good luck with the present semester, and I hope to talk with you soon. 

Zach Watson

For more information, contact Student Services at the Round Rock Campus at 512.716.4001