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Fast Track BGS Concentration for persons interested in Human Services

Saturday Program available at Manchester Community College and Capital Community College

Holly Butler

Holly Butler

One of the first grads of this program and a participant in Eastern's Credit For Lifelong Learning (CLL) program, Holly moved into a new job working with at-risk adolescents - a lifelong dream.

This Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Degree is designed for individuals who desire to enter
or advance
within the field of social and human services. Educational attainment influences the kind of work employees may be assigned and the degree of responsibility that may be entrusted to them. Formal education is almost always required for advancement.

“Fast Track” your degree at Eastern and then consider graduate school!                   

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook job opportunities
in community and social service occupations are expected to be excellent. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the professional/managerial area of labor employment represents
the second fastest sector of projected growth. In Connecticut, the Occupational Forecast projects a 17.5% increase for health services managers and a 23.4% projected increase for social and community service managers.

For matriculated adults with 60 or more prior college credits.


BGS Major Concentration (30 credits)
Required Human Services Courses (18 crs.):
  • SWK 200, Intro to Social Work, or equivalent, 3 credits
  • SWK 311, The Social Environment and Human Behavior, 3 credits (pre/co-requisites: SOC 100 & ANT course
  • SWK 312, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 3 credits (Pre/co-requisites: PSY 100; BIO 202 or equivalent)
  • SWK 325  Social Welfare Policy, 3 credits (pre/co-requisite PSC 110 or MCC’s POL 112
  • An additional 6 credits from the disciplines of “Social Work (SWK)” or “Human Services” (HSE) or Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor (DARC) or SOC 490 Internship in Applied Sociology or other field experience or Credit for Lifelong Learning in human services is recommended.

Other Required Social Science Courses

An additional 12 credits of Social Sciences.

Minor Concentration - 15 credits

The related disciplines of Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology and Political Science are recommended.




1. Eastern’s  LIBERAL ARTS CORE (LAC) REQUIREMENTS                                                   up to 46 credits

  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 English composition.

At least two Tier II LAC courses and the Tier III LAC course must be taken through Easte


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.

 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 Eastern.


3. ELECTIVES                                                                                                                                       as needed
Utilize previous credits here – no matter how long ago you took them, or apply for Credit for Lifelong Learning.


                                                                                                                                   Degree  Minimum 120 credits


Note:  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 Requirements.