Effective Fall 2023, the name of this major was changed from General Studies to Integrated Studies.
Additionally, academic advising for the program was moved to the College of Education.
With the exception of first-time-out-of-high-school students who are advised by First Year Advising,
all other students pursuing this major should seek advising in the College of Education.
The analysis required to integrate three separate disciplines leads to a skillset that is attractive to potential employers.
About Integrated Studies
The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree with an Integrated Studies major is an individualized program for students with a broad range of interests.
As an interdisciplinary program, the curriculum is designed to support you in developing a unique career goal built around three Texas State minors and two General Studies courses.
Might be right for you if you're:
- interested in more than one area and are intrigued by the opportunity to take an active role in creating your own degree plan
- hoping to utilize credit hours you've accumulated toward a different major/minor with a focus on new career goals
- exploring a career that isn't already supported by a traditional Texas State major
Declaring This Major
Schedule an appointment with a College of Education Advisor by calling 512.245.3050 or by stopping by the College of Education Advising Center in the Education building, suite 2143.
To ensure thorough understanding of degree and graduation requirements, students are required to meet with an Advisor before their record will be updated. In this appointment, an advisor can answer questions about the degree program, update the student's curriculum record in the student information system, and assist with degree planning based on the new declaration.
Certain minor combinations may not be allowed if they include significant overlap of curriculum; seek advising to determine your options.
Statements of Understanding
Students wanting to declare into this program will be required to review and sign the Statements of Understanding form below during their advising appointment. This form is intended to provide helpful degree planning information to students early in their program to pave the way for successful planning and degree progress.
Sequencing and Degree Plan Checksheet
NOTE: Information included on checksheets is subject to change.
For the most updated information for each degree plan, students should refer to the appropriate Undergraduate Catalog and track their progress using a Degree Audit. Additionally, we encourage all students to meet on a semester basis with their Academic Advisor.
While students may continue following a catalog year degree plan for six years, other planning factors such as course offerings or rotations and prerequisite sequencing are subject to change each year. For that reason, the most current degree plan checksheets and sequencing guides are available above..
Students with questions about older degree plans and and navigating possible differences between their assigned catalog designation and current course offerings are prerequisites are encouraged to meet with an advisor for help. For some students, updating their declaration to a newer catalog may be beneficial.
NOTE: These resources are intended to help you PLAN AHEAD, so be sure to check these before taking transfer coursework whenever possible.
Students planning to earn college credit at another institution for eventual transfer to Texas State should refer to the Transfer Planning Guide for confirmation of which lower-level transfer coursework may be applied toward degree requirements in this specific program.
Additionally, the Transfer Equivalency Guide can be used to determine how any transfer course will be evaluated, regardless of specific degree program.
In addition to successful completion of all required coursework, the Integrated Studies major requires the following for awarding of the degree:
- 2.25 Minor GPA - in each of the three required minors
- Grades of ‘C’ or better - in both GNST courses as well as all Minor coursework
- 12 Advanced Hours - within each of the three required minors
(which may exceed what the catalog otherwise lists as requried within the typical minor)
GNST 4360 and GNST 4361 are taken during the last two semesters leading to graduation and involve self-reflection, research, and problem solving. Integrated Studies faculty lead students through a step-by-step process that culminates in their completion of a capstone project aligning with their individual career goals.
If you've met with a College of Education advisor about your long-range plan and they've confirmed that you'll be on track to enroll in GNST 4360 next semester, submit the following Departmental Approval Request form prior to registration:
Course Substitution Requests
You may request evaluation of a course taken previously or that you plan to take to confirm whether it is equivalent to a degree requirement in your program.
If approved, provide documentation of that approval to the College of Education Advising Center in order for the course substitution to be reflected on your Degree Audit.
The instructions below are specific to the Integrated Studies degree plan.
To request a substitution in a different College of Education program, select from our Majors and Programs list and scroll to the substitutions section at the bottom of that specific program page.
EXAMPLES: 010 Communication (i.e., ENG 1310, ENG 1320); 020 Mathematics (i.e., MATH 1315) ; 030 Life and Physical Sciences (i.e., BIO 1320); 040 Language, Philosophy, and Culture (i.e., PHIL 1305); 050 Creative Arts (i.e., ART 2313); 060 American History (i.e., HIST 1310); 070 Government/Political Science (POSI 2310); 080 Social and Behavioral Sciences; 090 Area Option (i.e.,COMM 1310, ENG 2360)
Submit: Transfer Evaluation Request
Minor in Psychology, Minor in Business Administration, etc.
Submit one the following substitution request form: