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) 465-5125.

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Degree Requirements:

  • 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 science coursework including a math course above College Algebra and English Composition.

  • A minimum of two Tier II LAC courses must be completed at Eastern.
  • Electives as needed.
  • BGS Major Concentration (30 Credits) and BGS Minor Concentration (15 Credits)

Note: There are three major concentration categories approved for the BGS Degree Program: One based upon a program that closely follows that of a Major Discipline, the second based upon the course guidelines for one of the approved Interdisciplinary Career Programs, and the third based upon a Themed Content Area, in which there are at least 30 credits from multiple disciplines within a content area contained within the concentration. A minimum of 15 credits in the major concentration must be numbered 300-level or higher. Please refer to the below chart for more detailed information about the BGS categories.

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, Environmental Earth Science, 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). The four themed content areas are: Humanities, Professional Studies, Sciences, or Social Science. The following define what constitutes courses in the content areas:

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.

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.