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.
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For those preferring face-to-face classes, we bring our courses to Champaign, Grayslake, River Grove and Schaumburg. An adult-friendly academic advisor will work with you from admission to the program through graduation. Advisors are located in Charleston, Champaign and the Chicago area for face-to-face appointments. They are also available via email, phone or Skype.
Our flexible degree prepares you for career advancement or to continue your education. Our graduates work in a variety of fields including business, health care, non-profits, law and education.
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.
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.
Prior learning assessment is a process of evaluating a student’s life experiences and evaluating them for college-level learning. Assessment of prior learning is valuable to the adult learner as it validates knowledge gained outside of the traditional classroom. It can save students time and money by decreasing the number of required courses needed for degree completion. Learn more.
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.
"I am fortunate to attend an institution such as Eastern Illinois University, which accepted the ACE credit recommendations I earned through my military training and (work) experiences." Watch Mario's story.Mario Sankis (2015)
"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)
"The best feeling you can have is reaching the dream you never thought would be possible. If I can do it, so can you! Thank you EIU BGS for making this dream possible! Thank you Dr. Carrie Johnson for everything you do for your students and the program!"Nicole Kyle (2015)