Degree Name Change FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about the New Name for UNO’s Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Degree
1. Why is the degree name changing to include the word “multidisciplinary” instead of “general?”
- “Multidisciplinary” accurately describes the degree design, content, and value.
- By virtue of the degree structure, students have the opportunity to study multiple disciplines of their choice through an area of concentration and two secondary fields (“Concentration Required”), or three areas of emphasis (“Concentration Not Required”).
- “Multidisciplinary Studies” reflects the diverse coursework specific to multiple disciplines in a student’s program of study. BMS graduates are equipped with a multifaceted education that prepares them for career advancement, graduate school, and the pursuit of personal and professional aspirations.
2. Are the requirements of the degree changing?
No. The degree requirements remain the same; only the degree name is changing.
3. What is the timeline for the new degree name?
The new degree name is effective for the fall 2017 semester. Students who graduate in December 2017 and thereafter will earn a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree.
4. Is there anything I need to do as a student?
No. UNO offices across campus are updating university systems, services, publications/materials, and websites to reflect the new degree name.
5. I am graduating from UNO in summer 2017. Is my degree name changing?
No. Students who graduate in summer 2017 will earn a Bachelor of General Studies degree.
6. Will the degree program maintain the same accreditation?
Yes. The degree is accredited through the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and that will not change.
7. Will the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree be awarded through the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS)?
Yes. Like the BGS degree, the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree will be awarded through the College of Public Affairs and Community Service.
8. I am a BGS alum. Does this change affect my degree?
No. The name of your degree (Bachelor of General Studies), your diploma, and your UNO transcript will not change. The name of a UNO degree conferred at commencement is final and cannot be changed.
9. If I have other questions about the new degree name, who can answer them?
For more information about the new degree name, contact Dr. Gina Toman, Assistant CPACS Dean and Director of DCS (firstname.lastname@example.org), or an academic advisor in the Division of Continuing Studies (402.554.2370).
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