Adult Degree – Bachelor of General Studies

What is the Bachelor of General Studies Degree?

The Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) is a flexible degree program offered through Continuing Studies and Enhanced Learning at Eastern 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 degree plan with a Continuing Studies and Enhanced Learning adviser. The plan ensures that all degree and University requirements will be met.

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 Continuing Studies and Enhanced Learning at (860) 465-0206.

Note: One of the two required BGS concentrations must be from a discipline in the School of Arts & Sciences.

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BGS Major Concentration Categories
Major Disciplines
Comprises of at least 30 credits in any major discipline at Eastern, 15 of those credits numbered 300-level or higher. Major disciplines from which to choose include:

Accounting, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Business Information Systems, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, English, Finance, Health Sciences, History, History & Social Sciences, LRHRM, Mathematics, New Media Studies, Performing Arts: Music, Performing Arts: Theatre, Philosophy, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Sport & Leisure Management, Visual Arts, Women’s & Gender Studies.

Interdisciplinary Career Programs
Meets the course guidelines for one of the approved Interdisciplinary Career Programs: Human Services, Public Health, Pre-Nursing, or Sustainable Energy.
Themed Content Areas
Contains at least 30 credits from multiple disciplines within a content area (15 of those credits numbered 300-level or higher), which may include specific courses. The six themed content areas are: Educational Studies, Humanities, Professional Studies, Sciences, Environmental Earth Studies, or Social Science. The following define what constitutes courses in the content areas:

Educational Studies: Education, MAT 135/higher; American History Surveys; HPE 201/210; Child/Adolescent Psychology

Humanities: English, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Professional Studies: Accounting, Business Administration, BIS, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Finance, LRHRM, New Media Studies, Sport & Leisure Management.

Environmental Earth Studies: Predominately EES courses, for students unable to complete BS in Environmental Earth Science

Sciences: Biochemistry, Biology, EES, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Science

Social Science: Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Education, History, History & Social Sciences, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Women’s & Gender Studies

For information about the BGS or to schedule an appointment with an advisor, call 860-465-0206.