Dec 09, 2023  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

General Studies, Technical Writing Concentration, BGS

Total Hours Required for Degree: 120

A Bachelor of General Studies degree with a concentration in technical communication emphasizes evidence-based approaches. It imparts necessary skills in writing, designing, and computer science while encouraging students to develop broad-based content knowledge in particular STEM fields. It strategically moves a student through a balanced curriculum of courses in STEM and the humanities so that students can make technical concepts understandable and use technology to make information useable. Technical communicators develop content for marketing high-tech products, become user experience professionals, write proposals for potential business customers and instructions for software developers, create technical manuals for industries, and serve as excellent project managers who facilitate collaboration among a company’s various stakeholders. Students cannot pursue the BGS concurrently with another baccalaureate degree. Students who wish to pursue the BGS as a second degree will not be permitted to apply the major hours from the primary degree to the concentration area in the General Studies curriculum.

The General Studies, Technical Writing Concentration, BGS program is offered both face-to-face and 100% online.

Subject Area Blocks

The Arts and Humanities Block will be used as the Concentration Area. The two remaining blocks must be used as Enrichment Areas. 

Applied and Natural Sciences Block

Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Agriculture, Agronomy, Animal Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geology, Health Systems Management, Mathematics, Medical Laboratory Science, Natural Resource Conservation Management, Nursing, Nursing: RN to BSN, Nutrition and Food Science, Physical Science, Physics, Radiologic Sciences, Statistics, Wildlife Management

Arts and Humanities Block

Art, Art Education, Communication, English, Foreign Languages, French, German, Greek, History, Humanities, Latin, Mass Communication, Music, Music: Applied Instrument Study, Music: Applied Piano Study, Music: Applied Voice Study, Music Education, Philosophy, Piano, Religious Studies, Spanish, Theatre, Women’s Studies

No more than eight (8) hours of Music Ensemble and Music Performance  courses may be applied to the BGS.

Sciences Block

Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Educational Technology, Family Science, Geography, Health and Human Performance, Marketing, Office Systems and Business Communication, Political Science, Psychology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Special Education

No more than eight (8) hours of HHP Activity  courses may be applied to the BGS.


  • No more than 8 credit hours of HHP Activity  courses will be applied toward the degree.
  • No more than 8 credit hours of Music Ensemble and Music Performance  courses will be applied toward the degree.
  • No more than 27 credit hours of ACCT, BADM, ECON, ENTR, FIN, MGMT, or MKTG courses will be applied toward the degree.
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better in ENGL 490 (capstone course).
  • Students must earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in all courses applied toward the degree.
  • Students must earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the concentration block.

General Notes

  • All bachelor’s degrees must include 40 hours at the 300/400 level.
  • All bachelor’s degrees require the successful completion of at least nine hours of Natural Sciences General Education Core Curriculum  courses. Six hours shall be earned in a single life or physical science; the remaining three hours must be earned in a natural science area other than that previously selected (both life and physical sciences must be taken to fulfill this requirement).
  • All degree and graduation requirements may be found on the Academic Regulations  page.