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EIU General Studies Degree Program

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Online, evening and weekend classes
in Arlington Heights, Charleston,
Champaign, Grayslake and River Grove, IL.

Since 1973, the B.A. in General Studies at EIU has been serving adult learners in Illinois, helping them meet their goal of earning a bachelor's degree.

• Affordable: In-state tuition, textbook rental and opportunities for scholarships • Flexible and Transfer Friendly: Students may develop an individualized degree program to meet their professional and personal goals. We will accept up to 100 semester hours, including 78 from community colleges, from regionally accredited universities.  • Career Focused: Our graduates are employed in numerous professions including business, non-profits, law enforcement, education and health care.  • Student Focused: Small classes, quality instruction and personal advising Credit for Life Experience: Students have the opportunity to be evaluated for the learning they have engaged in outside the traditional classroom, including on the job and in the military.

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Why Choose EIU for General Studies

Transfer Flexibility

The BGS degree program can accept up to 100 semester hours in transfer from regionally accredited colleges and universities, including as many as 78 hours earned at a community college, as well as credits earned through military training and schools. These hours will be applied to meeting the graduation criteria where appropriate.

The flexibility doesn't end with your undergraduate studies, either; more than 40 percent of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in graduate programs at EIU and at other universities.

Course Flexibility

We know everybody, including you, has a unique set of circumstances under which they're trying to earn a degree. With the number of methods we have at your disposal, though, there's a way to tailor your studies to your busy life.

Classes are offered online, on-campus, at Parkland College and various locations throughout the Chicago area. Since adults learn a great deal outside the traditional classroom, we offer the opportunity to earn credit for on-the-job training and other experiences.

Utilizing Full EIU Faculty

At EIU, each academic department takes great pride in the quality faculty members it employs. We have fantastic educators all across campus!

The General Studies program has the pleasure of being able to take advantage of all these tremendous instructors. Since the coursework required for our degree covers a wide range of subject matter, you'll have the opportunity to experience first-hand the wide-ranging excellence of the faculty here at Eastern Illinois University.

Don't take our word for it

"EIU General Studies program was a perfect fit for me. The variety of online courses offered accommodated my busy life style of being a mom of two (one with special needs) with several volunteer commitments. I completed the rest of my courses within three semesters and graduated in December 2014. I am extremely proud of my accomplishments! I AM EIU!”

Courtney Halverson (2014)

"A General Studies degree allowed me to customize my course load to meet my personal interests and educational goals. Over and over again, I found that everyone at EIU wants to see student success. I found great comfort in that I was in a place to be challenged, supported, and successful."

Carmen Stokes (2015)

"Thank you, Jackie! It really did fly by. Last year at this time I was considering going back but extremely intimidated. I always remembered hearing: “The time is going to pass anyway so you might as well be working towards something” and this really motivated me. You are so approachable and easy to work with and encouraged me to take Dr. E’s course. He's amazing and I met some really great classmates and we all encouraged each other to push harder. I had such a great experience!!!”

Amanda Fouch (2019)

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