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Bachelor of General Studies Degree Program

The bachelor of general studies degree program is an individualized liberal arts degree program for the mature adult who seeks an alternative method of obtaining a bachelor’s degree. The program is tailored to the student’s personal and vocational needs and takes into consideration the individual’s life experiences prior to matriculation.

Admission

A student 30 years of age or older may apply to the vice president and dean for academic affairs for admission to the bachelor of general studies degree program. The applicant must submit the following:

  1. High school transcript sowing graduation from secondary school or the equivalent
  2. Official transcripts of all postsecondary studies
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. A biographical essay summarizing the student’s background and outlining the students’ goals and reasons for pursuing the bachelor of general studies degree program.

The vice president and dean for academic affairs assign the applicant to a faculty sponsor who consults with the applicant to develop a set of degree requirements that are submitted to the Council on Education. Approval of the degree program by the Council on Education constitutes admission to the bachelor of general studies degree program.

Assessment of Experiential Learning

In the general studies program, credits may be granted for satisfactory performance on the College Level Examination program (CLEP) of the Educational Testing Service.

In recognition that competencies learned outside the formal college environment may be included appropriately in a student’s degree program, a student in the general studies program may submit to the vice president and dean for academic affairs an application with documentation that is evaluated independently by two faculty member and submitted to the Council on Education and the dean for final action. A maximum of 30 credit hours may be earned in this way.

Degree Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in general studies is awarded upon completion of the following:

  1. A minimum total of 123 credit hours with a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average
  2. Demonstrated proficiency in general education
  3. A minimum of 30 credit hours with 2.00 grade point average in a major field
  4. Completion of an approved senior independent study project with a grade of C or better

Fees

The College’s regular application fee of $30 is assessed at the time of application to the program. A student’s individual program of studies determines which of the following fees will be paid:

  • Coursework at Bridgewater College: At the part-time rate described in the Financial Information section on page 53 of the College’s Academic Catalog
  • Prior to learning credit: $30 per credit hour