Bachelor's Degree

General Studies

Begin your professional studies while investing in your faith.

Briercrest’s Bachelor of General Studies is for students who want to pursue a professional career and begin their studies in a Christian environment. Students can choose from one of two tracks within the program: Education or Arts and Science. The foundation you build in your Briercrest classes will set you up for further specific career training in fields like health care, education, law, business, and a variety of other fields.

Briercrest's Bachelor of General Studies is provincially authorized as a university-level degree, making it a recognized, highly transferrable foundation for your career next steps.



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With the opportunity to choose your teaching areas or concentrations, you can explore your interests and prepare for a career while working towards a bachelor's degree in an atmosphere of Christian discipleship.

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Prepare to serve competently in a variety of marketplace or ministry settings. Gain a diverse set of academic, social, and practical skills that will equip you for your next move.

  • Overview
  • Requirements

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) is a strong foundation-building, pathway program with considerable flexibility for students. The degree is aligned with Briercrest’s educational mission in the liberal arts and provides manifold pathways to professional disciplines and industries. There are two tracks available within the BGS: Education, and Arts and Science. The BGS Education track is designed to meet the “teachable” requirements for an after-degree, Bachelor of Education (Elementary Education Stream and Secondary Education Stream. The BGS Arts and Science track will largely proceed to further specific career training in fields such as: medicine and health care, teaching or education, law studies, business, and a variety of other professional fields. While the Bachelor of General Studies is itself an employable degree, it sets students on a course into many employable fields within Saskatchewan and Canada.

Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of General Studies will be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate thematic connections between two or more disciplines.
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with the content and methodologies of at least two distinct academic and/or professional disciplines.
Saskatchewan Higher Education Quality Assurance
The program is offered with the written authorization of the Minister of Advanced Education effective July 31, 2021. This authorization was provided after the program proposal underwent a quality assurance review and was found to meet the standards established by the Minister. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs.

The Bachelor of General Studies requires students to choose two concentrations (three for Elementary Education). Beyond these disciplinary concentrations, the degree requires 24 credit hours at the 300+ level, ensuring a measure of depth. The design of this program first attends to the common core and then proceeds to the specific components of the curriculum as follows…

Christian Studies (27 credit hours) & Foundational Studies (18 credit hours).

  1. Education Track – Education Foundations (9 c.h.)
    1. Elementary Education
      • Primary Teaching Area (18-22 c.h.)
      • Second Teaching Area (12 c.h.)
      • Second Teaching Area (6 c.h.)
    2. Secondary Education
      • Primary Teaching Area (30 c.h.)
      • Second Teaching Area (18-22 c.h.)
  2. Arts and Science Track
    • Concentration One (24-33 c.h.)
    • Concentration Two (15 c.h.)
Credit Hours: 90+

Major Requirements for Education Track:

  1. Educational Foundations (9 credit hours):
    EDUC 200 Foundations of Education
    EDUC 205 Education Pre-Internship (non-credit)
    PHI 300 Philosophy of Education
    PSY 381 Psychology of Human Development: Children (elementary education track)
    OR PSY 382 Psychology of Human Development: Adolescents (secondary education track)
     
  2. Elementary Education (36-40 credit hours)
    1. Primary Teaching Area - Choose one area (18-22 credit hours):
      English, Kinesiology, Music, Social Studies
    2. Second Teaching Area - Choose one area (12 credit hours):
      English, History, Kinesiology, Music, Social Studies
    3. Third Teaching Area (6 credit hours):
      KIN 262 Physical Activity and Wellness
      Science (choose from the following):
      BIOL 120 The Nature of Life
      CHEM 112 General Chemistry
      EVSC 210 Environmental Physics
      PHYS 125 Physics and the Universe

      Free Electives (to bring credit hour total to 90 credit hours)

       
  3. Secondary Education (48-52 credit hours)
     
    1. Primary Teaching Area – Choose one (30 credit hours):
      English or Social Studies
    2. Second Teaching Area – Choose one (18-22 credit hours):
      Cannot be the same as your primary teaching area English, Music, or Social Studies

      Free Electives (to bring credit hour total to 90 credit hours)
       

Major Requirements for Arts and Science Track:

  1. Concentration One - Choose one of the following disciplines (24-33 credit hours):
    Biblical Studies, English, History, Humanities, Music and Fine Arts, Philosophy, Psychology, or Social Science
     
  2. Concentration Two - Choose one of the following disciplines which is distinct from the first concentration (15 credit hours): Biblical Studies, English, History, Kinesiology, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, or Social Science
     
  3. Free Electives (to bring credit hour total to 90 credit hours)

 

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio (non-credit)
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)

In addition, all Bachelor's degrees require the completion of Briercrest's core curriculum.

Faculty

Rhoda Cairns
Rhoda Cairns PhD
Assistant Professor of English Literature
Joy Demoskoff
Joy Demoskoff PhD
Assistant Professor of History
Erin Gordon
Erin Gordon MA
Adjunct Instructor
Alan Guenther
Alan Guenther PhD
Assistant Professor of History
Calum Macfarlane
Calum Macfarlane PhD
Associate Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies
Lori Peters
Lori Peters MSc
Instructor in Kinesiology
Grant Poettcker
Grant Poettcker PhD
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Truitt Wiensz
Truitt Wiensz PhD
Assistant Professor of Physics and Mathematics
Matthew Zantingh
Matthew Zantingh PhD
Associate Professor of English
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