Bachelor of Arts in General Studies

BGS Degree Program.



BGS is participating in the Undergraduate Application Fee Waiver Week at WIU! The application fee of $30 will be waived for the spring 2020 and fall 2020 semesters for those applying during the week of Saturday, October 19 through 11:59 pm Sunday, October 27. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Bachelor of Arts in General Studies Degree Program

WIU's Bachelor of Arts in General Studies (BGS) degree program provides students the opportunity to earn a regionally-accredited, undergraduate, non-majored degree.
Students may choose online courses, on-campus courses, or a combination of both.

For students who are not currently enrolled:  

Are you interested in finishing your undergraduate degree? Western Illinois University’s Bachelor of Arts in General Studies (BGS) Degree Program would like to help you complete your degree! Our advisors are ready to tell you what requirements are needed to finish. Remember, you can finish on your own time and BGS accepts most transfer credits from other accredited educational institutions. There is no time limit to complete your degree and no limit on transfer credit! Contact BGS to see how you can make earning your degree a reality!

 For more information please email or call the School of Global Education and Outreach at (309) 298-1929.

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Macomb Campus
Phone: (309) 298-1929
Fax: (309) 298-2226

Quad Cities
Phone: (309) 762-9481
Fax: (309) 762-8980


International Partner

If you are an international student in East Asia and are interested in learning more about studying at Western Illinois University or the Bachelors of Arts in General Studies, we invite you to contact our international partner, Immersive Education Academy.

Advisors will provide you with further information about Western Illinois University degree programs and help you with any application and enrollment questions you may have. 

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Susan Beck, BGS Student Testimonial Susan Beck video


  graduate As a WIU employee and graduate, I thought the BGS program was so convenient!  Working a full-time and a part-time job, the online classes were a perfect fit for my busy schedule and allowed me to finish my bachelor's degree. (read more)

Julie Ford, Office Administrator 
Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs