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Bachelor of Arts in General Studies

Distance Learning Earns U.S. News Rankings

For the second consecutive year, Western Illinois University's distance learning program has been recognized by U.S. News Best Online Education Program Rankings.

This year, Western is ranked 44th out of 160 colleges from across the U.S. in "Best Online Education Degree Programs: Bachelor's" category and is one of two Illinois public universities in the top 50. In the 2012 rankings, Western was listed 76th out of 172 colleges from across the U.S. in the "Teaching Practices and Student Engagement" category. While WIU offers numerous online classes, one program, the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies offers its majors the option of obtaining their degree entirely via distance learning opportunities, or a combination of on-campus and distance learning classes.

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