Forty Years of Greatness




40 Years of Greatness: What our alumni are saying about their experiences in the BGS program.
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Since 1973, Eastern Illinois University has been serving adult learners in Illinois. Originally recognized as the Board of Governors Degree Program, the degree was later renamed the Board of Trustees Degree Program. In recent years, the program was again renamed, and currently remains the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies Degree Program.

Over the past four decades, thousands of adult learners have earned their Bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University through this program. We have expanded to meet the evolving needs of adult learners, offering courses at locations throughout Illinois and online.