About Eastern's Special Program for the Navy
Eastern Connecticut State University is a Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC). This program for
Servicemembers and the adult members of their families makes it easier
to complete a Bachelor's degree at Eastern, even when transferred.
Eastern is a member of the SOC Degree Network System which includes
more than 1800 colleges and universities that provide enhanced
educational opportunities for servicemembers and their families. By
signing a SOCNAV contract, you can finish your degree no matter
where you're stationed. Eastern will help you reach your lifetime
How the Program Works
The Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) is a flexible degree program offered through Eastern’s School of Continuing Education and is available to both full-time and part-time students. In order to be admitted to the B.G.S. program, students must be in good academic standing and must have completed 60 credits. Upon entry to the B.G.S. program, each student completes
a learning contract with a School of Continuing Education advisor. The contract outlines the student’s proposed plan of study and ensures that all degree and University requirements will
Degree completion requires 120 credits, and a minimum of 30 of these credits must be taken at Eastern. Transfer credits from other colleges and universities can be easily incorporated into the B.G.S. degree and there is no time limit on when transfer courses were taken. A maximum of 60 credits may be earned through one or a combination of nontraditional learning programs
such as Eastern’s Credit for Lifelong Learning Program, recommended for those 25 years and older, CLEP (College Level Examination Program), the DSST testing program, and the American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations for military training. For more information about the B.G.S. program, contact the School of Continuing Education
at (860) 465-5125.
Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Curriculum up to 46 credits
Note: The LAC Tier I requirement is waived for new students transferring 60 or more credits, provided that those
credits include a minimum of 27 credits of liberal arts and sciences coursework including a math course above College
Algebra and English Composition.
A minimum of two Tier II LAC courses in different categories must be completed at Eastern.
The LAC Tier III requirement must also be completed at Eastern.
B.G.S. Major Concentration 30 credits
Note: A minimum of 15 credits in the major concentration must be taken from Eastern; also a minimum of 15 credits
in the major concentration must be numbered 300-level or higher.
B.G.S. Minor Concentration 15 credits
Electives as needed
Total minimum: 120 credits
How to Get Started
- Schedule an appointment with Jennifer
Beatty, Outreach Coordinator for the Groton Sub Base at (860)
Contact the main campus in Willimantic for an advisement
appointment at 860 465- 5125 or toll free at
- Bring transcripts or prior college or
military credits from regionally accredited institutions with
you to your initial appointment. Start with 60 or more prior
credits from regionally accredited institutions. (There's no
time limit on when transfer courses were taken.)
- Review various possibilities for additional
college credits, such as:
ACE recommended Military credits
College Level Exam Program (CLEP) tests
DSST (DANTES) tests
Credit for Lifelong Learning
CD-based coursework through Eastern
- Apply for Admission to Eastern by completing
a part-time student application form.
- Enroll in a SOCNAV Contract to
ensure that your degree will be completed through Eastern
should you be deployed or relocated.
- Complete a minimum of 10 core courses over
24 months to meet Eastern's residency requirement. (Complete
two courses per semester and one summer course for two
- We'll help you complete the other credits
you need at Eastern or through CLEP and DSST tests, Credit for
Lifelong Learning, or when enrolled in SOCNAV,
additional approved courses taken elsewhere should you be
deployed or relocated.
|| 60 Credits
|LPN, Medical Laboratory Technician, Radiological
Technologist or Respiratory Therapist diploma or
|| 30 Credits
|ACE Military Credits are transferable
For active duty Navy personnel:
According to the Navy College News, July 2006, "the Navy
Tuition Assistance limit has been increased to 16 semester
credits per fiscal year (with equivalent increases in quarter
credits, clock hours and CEUs). Students requesting a waiver to
exceed this new cap must follow the procedures outlined in the
Navy College Web site. Keep in mind that the Office of the
Secretary of Defense (OSD) limit of $4500 per fiscal year at
the $250 semester hour cap WILL REMAIN IN PLACE AND CANNOT BE
These are the suggested major concentrations for the Bachelor
of General Studies. Below are the links for our three
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Talk to our Advisors Now!
Jennifer Beatty, Sub Base Office: Building #83, Room 148
Phone: (860) 445-0333
M-Th, 10 am-2:00 pm. Please, call for an appointment.
Gail Turner, Groton Site Office: 591 Poquonnock Rd.
Phone: (860) 446-9457
Phone: (860) 465-5101
Main Campus: 83 Windham Street, Willimantic, CT 06226
Phone:(860) 465-5125 or Toll Free (877) 353-3278
Fax (860) 465-0062
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please, put SOCNAV or
SOCCOAST in the Subject of your email!)