A Flexible ONLINE DEGREE Option

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 provide an opportunity for individuals to earn a regionally accredited undergraduate degree in a manner compatible with the their educational needs and lifestyles. The BGS degree is a highly individualized, flexible, non-majored undergraduate degree which may be completed fully online by students who are place-bound due to work and/or family responsibilities; on-campus; or a combination of both formats. Since its inception, over 6,100 individuals have graduated from the degree program.

Key Benefits of the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies (BGS) Degree Program:

  • Flexible, non-majored student designed curriculum
  • Earn credits online or in a classroom
  • No campus attendance required - the BGS degree can be completed fully ONLINE
  • No time limit to complete degree
  • No time limit on transfer credit
  • 4 year tuition freeze for continuous enrollment
  • In-state tuition rate for online courses
  • 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 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., consult with an academic advisor prior to completing an application for admission.


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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