What is the Bachelor of General Studies Degree?
The Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) is a flexible degree program offered through Continuing Education 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 Education 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 Education at (860) 465-5125.
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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