Eastern Illinois University and William Rainey Harper College Transfer Guide

From A.A., A.S., A.F.A., A.A.S. or A.G.S Degree to General Studies BA Degree

Students admitted to the Bachelors of General Studies (BGS) program will need to meet the following requirements for completion of their degree.

Minimum of 120 hours, which will include:
  • 40 credit hours junior/senior level courses
  • 20 credit hours taken from EIU
  • General Education component
  • ~ 12 credit hours - scientific awareness/mathematics
  • ~ 12 credit hours social/behavior sciences
  • ~ 12 credit hours humanities/fine arts
  • ~ 6 credit hours communication/language
  • ~ 1 course - senior seminar
  • 1 course - cultural diversity
  • 1 course - BGS orientation
  • 1 course - BGS critical thinking course
  • 1 course - BGS capstone course
  • Satisfy the writing portfolio requirements
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA

Students may transfer up to 78 semester hours from a community college, although this is not required. Below is a short list of courses that we recommend students complete before applying to the BGS program.

  • English Composition I & II
  • Introduction to Speech Communications
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • A general biology or earth science class

Transferring students who have completed an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree and have met the I.A.I. requirements will be judged as having met all general education requirements for the BGS degree.

Please contact the BGS/BA Degree Program office at 217-581-5618 to speak to an advisor about applying to the program and transfer of credits.

With a firm commitment to the dignity and significance of each individual, Harper College strives to help each student find his or her place in the world. We seek to provide the necessary training so that every student can achieve his or her personal goals. And, above all, we desire to create an environment in which questions may be asked, theories may be tested and every student who passes through our doors may realize his or her full potential. This has been our goal for more than three decades. It will guide us through the new millennium.

Eastern Illinois University has a rich tradition of preparing students to accomplish their life goals through a great combination of quality academics and personal relationships.

Consistently ranked in the top third of Midwest universities in its class by U.S. News and World Report, Eastern has earned its reputation by offering a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs taught by an experienced and caring faculty. In addition to reasonable tuition, fees, and room and board rates, Eastern offers a textbook rental system, saving the average student hundreds of dollars per semester.

A variety of excellent on-campus housing opportunities are available on the safe, compact 320-acre campus. Student graduation and retention rates are well above state and national averages, and that success continues after students earn their degrees -- year after year, Eastern ranks high in job placement, alumni satisfaction and employer satisfaction.

Sheryl Otto
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Transfer Coordinator
William Rainey Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067-7398
Carrie Johnson
Director, General Studies BA Degree Program
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920-3099

University Catalog
This articulation course matrix is intended to be complete and accurate. However, the Eastern Illinois University Undergraduate Catalog is the official statement of requirements.

Effective Dates
This articulation agreement is valid from August 16, 2012 through August 15, 2016 .

Program Articulation Agreement
This articulation agreement and program requirements are subject to change. See your community college counselor or advisor for updated information prior to registering for courses each semester. Alternatively, you can contact the Transfer Coordinator at Eastern Illinois University by phone at 217-581-7663 or by e-mail at ripearson@eiu.edu.

University Residency Requirement
The Eastern Illinois University courses listed in the course matrix fulfill the University's residency requirement.

University Graduation Requirements
Among other requirements, students graduating from EIU must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher; an GPA of 2.0 or higher in the major; 40 semester hours of upper-division course (3000-4000 level); complete or have documented exemption from two courses in a single foreign language with a GPA of 2.0 or higher; two upper-division writing-intensive courses and electronic writing portfolio submission and assessment. A complete description of undergraduate graduation requirements is in the Eastern Illinois University Undergraduate Catalog.

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