The Bachelor of General Studies Degree (BGS) is an individualized, flexible adult degree program offered through the School of Continuing Education at Eastern. Individuals choose a Major concentration of 30 credits from an undergraduate major. It is especially appropriate for those you have gained significant learning through their work/life experience and who seek career advancement.
Each student completes a learning contract with a Continuing Education advisor. This individualized contract outlines the student’s proposed plan of study and ensures that all degree and University requirements will be met.
Degree requirements may be met by a combination of coursework at Eastern, transfer credits from regionally accredited colleges or universities, CLEP exams or DSST tests, institutionally-approved ACE recommendations for military training and experience, as well as Eastern’s Credit for Lifelong Learning program.
EASTERN DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
1. Eastern’s LIBERAL ARTS CORE (LAC)
REQUIREMENTS up to 46
Note: LAC Tier I requirement is
waived for those transferring a minimum of 27 credits of liberal arts and
sciences course work that includes a math course above College Algebra and
At least two Tier II LAC courses and the
Tier III LAC course must be taken through Eastern.
2. Your ACADEMIC MAJOR OR MAJOR/MINOR
CONCENTRATIONS for the BGS degree up to 45 credits. See here for available options
or design your own BGS degree or Individualized Major. Call the School of
Continuing Education for information.
Note: A minimum of 15-24 credits
of your Major or Major Concentration must be earned through Eastern and 15
credits must be 300-level or higher.
One of the two required BGS
concentrations must be from a subject in the School of Arts and Sciences at
3. ELECTIVES as
Utilize previous credits here – no
matter how long ago you took them, or apply for Credit for Lifelong
Degree Minimum 120 credits
Within the total 120 credits required for the bachelor’s degree, a minimum of 30
credits must be earned through Eastern coursework. Students must complete 30
credits of coursework numbered 200-level or higher and 30 credits must be
300-level or higher.
Students who transfer fewer than 75
credits must also meet Eastern’s University Writing Competency