General Studies

Designed to provide adult students with an opportunity to earn a regionally accredited undergraduate degree in a manner compatible with their educational needs and lifestyles.

Highly individualized & flexible, this program recognizes that adults may have attended a variety of educational institutions & accepts transfer of passing course work taken at other regionally accredited colleges and universities.

Whether working full time and/or having family responsibilities to consider while earning their bachelor's degree, this program can help make advancing your education possible.

Designed to serve adults who were unable to complete an undergraduate degree by traditional means, no campus attendance is required and the entire degree can be earned at a distance.

The General Studies program offers students many flexible options of earning academic credit: allowing students to transfer up to 80 semester hours of college credits from community colleges, preparing a prior learning portfolio, successfully completing proficiency exams, and combining these with additional WIU college credits to create a personalized program of study.

Why Choose General Studies at WIU?

Developed in 1972, it has over 6100 graduates. Courses are offered at a distance at in-state tuition rates and there is no on-campus attendance required. The entire degree can be completed at a distance and the degree program can follow you if you change locations. There are no maintenance fees or graduation fees. Professional advising services are provided for every student. We accept ACE guide-evaluated military training as well as transfer work from Community College of the Air Force. The degree program is affiliated with the National Fire Academy and the Degrees at a Distance Program.

There is no time limit to complete this degree.

At A Glance

  • Degrees Available:
    • B.A.
  • Major: General Studies
  • Minor: Can be earned through the program
  • Graduate Degree: No
  • Fully Online
  • Campus: Macomb & Quad Cities 
  • Study Opportunities:

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