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2011-2012 EIU Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 EIU Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Studies

General Studies (B.A.)

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The School of Continuing Education Bachelor of Arts in General Studies Degree Program is an individualized, nontraditional program designed for working adults. The program combines sound academic principles with advances in technology to facilitate degree completion.  After admission to the program knowledge and skills acquired by non-academic means can be evaluated for academic credit.

Core Requirements

  • 120 semester hours total
  • 40 semester hours at the junior-senior level
  • 20 semester hours taken from EIU
  • 12 semester hours in Humanities/Fine Arts
  • 12 semester hours in Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • 12 semester hours in Scientific Awareness/Mathematics
  • 6 semester hours in Communication/English
  • 1 course in Cultural Diversity
  • 1 Senior Seminar

In Addition Students Must:

  • Complete BGS 2985, Adults in Transition and BGS 4001, Self-Directed Leadership;
  • Demonstrate writing competency;
  • Maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade-point average.


  1. A student must be admitted to this program by the Director of the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies Degree Program.
  2. After the student is admitted to the program, only grades of “C” and above will be counted toward meeting graduation requirements. Grades of “D” and “F” earned after admission to the program will be included in the cumulative EIU grade point average, consistent with current EIU grade policy.
  3. After admission to the program, students may use no more than five (5) one-credit-hour courses towards their degree.

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