Rockford, Illinois

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Northern Illinois University
Bachelor of General Studies in Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) in Liberal Arts and Sciences program provides students with diversified backgrounds an excellent opportunity to complete a high-quality college degree. This degree has been tailored to the needs of adult students with personal and work obligations that prevent them from enrolling as full-time students.

Individuals with at least 60 semester hours of course work, or a baccalaureate-oriented associate degree (A.A. or A.S.) from a community college, are eligible to begin taking classes. Students benefit from a variety of courses across the disciplines - humanities, social sciences, physical sciences - to make this an intellectually stimulating program.

Students enrolled in the B.G.S. in Liberal Arts and Sciences program will enjoy these benefits:

  • High-quality courses from a broad range of disciplines taught by dedicated NIU faculty.
  • One-on-one, personalized advising.
  • Convenient evening, weekend, and online courses that allow busy adults to pursue their degrees part time.
  • Valuable critical thinking, writing, and discussion skills in preparation for future, higher-level study or employment in many public and private sector positions.
  • Credit, where applicable, for courses taken at previous institutions.
  • The flexibility to take up to 25 hours in a specific area of interest such as political science, communications, or physical sciences.

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