Bachelor of Arts in General Studies (BGS)

The WIU Bachelor of Arts in General Studies (BGS) degree program, formerly the Board of Trustees Bachelor of Arts, was developed in 1972 to serve those who are unable to complete an undergraduate degree by traditional means.

  • Flexible, non-majored student designed curriculum
  • Earn credits online or in a classroom
  • No campus attendance required
  • No time limit to complete degree
  • No time limit on transfer credit
  • 4 year tuition freeze for continuous enrollment
  • Acceptance of ACE evaluated and recommended credit from non collegiate and military training
  • Acceptance of proficiency exam credit

Is this degree right for you?

If you are you looking for a degree with the highest academic accreditation from a public state university that:

  • Allows you flexibility to meet your own personal educational objectives on your own time-frame in the best cost effective manner for you personally.  

  • Accepts a variety of transfer credit from regionally accredited colleges and  universities, and educational institutions  and efficiently applies them to your baccalaureate degree.

Please note: if your goals require a specialized degree or certification such as is needed to become a doctor, nurse, certified public school teacher or certified public accountant, etc., this degree may not meet your needs.


The mission of the General Studies Degree Program is to assist each student to design, implement, and complete a focused and comprehensive plan of study leading to a bachelor's degree that meets the student's personal and professional educational goals.


The Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree program will serve as the gateway for Western Illinois University to extend flexible online academic educational opportunities at a distance.

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Contact Info

To contact degree program staff in Macomb;

  • Phone: (309) 298-1929
  • FAX: (309) 298-2226
  • Email:

In the Quad Cities;

Phone: (309) 762-3999 ext. 62313

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