Bachelor of General Studies

Students study at the Academic Center at the Avery Point campus

Students have been benefiting from this unique, part-time, individualized degree program since 1978. The Bachelor of General Studies program is designed to accommodate adult learners, many of whom are returning to college to complete their bachelor’s degree after an interruption in their earlier academic careers.

Convenient evening, weekend, and on-line class offerings allow students to meet work and family obligations while pursuing their education. Academic credits that students earned when they first began college can be counted towards the Bachelor of General Studies degree. The Bachelor of General Studies program gives individuals an opportunity to finish what they started!

Students who have completed an associate’s degree or at least 60 college credits from a regionally accredited, degree-granting institution are welcome to apply to the Bachelor of General Studies program. BGS students work with their advisors to create an individualized plan of study based on past education, current situation, and future goals.

Why Earn A Bachelor of General Studies Degree?

Students pursue a Bachelor of General Studies degree for a variety of reasons:

  • To fulfill personal goals
  • To facilitate career change
  • To promote career advancement
  • To prepare for graduate studies
  • To satisfy their love for learning

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of General Studies Degree?

Graduates of the Bachelor of General Studies program have pursued occupations as lawyers, legislators, dentists, business executives, police chiefs, social workers, counselors, and certified teachers, to name just a few. For many, their completed degrees have allowed them to advance within their chosen professions. Others following the path to graduate school, have been accepted into a variety of post-baccalaureate programs including Yale, Princeton, University of Connecticut, MIT, William and Mary, and University of California-Berkeley to study in the fields of counseling, education, forensics, literature, history, nurse practitioner, law, dentistry, and medicine.

Admissions Process

Read more about admissions information for the Bachelor of General Studies Program.

The Curriculum

The Avery Point Campus offers a flexible, interdisciplinary curriculum with day, evening, and on-line courses designed to meet the needs of each student. BGS students work with their advisors to develop a customized plan of study to meet their unique needs. BGS students may also complete minors in departments such as English, History, Anthropology, and Political Science as part of their academic careers.

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Contact Information

Statewide toll-free number 1-888-BGS-5556.

Nancy H. Steenburg, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Bachelor of General Studies
University of Connecticut
1084 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340
E-Mail: bgsavpt@uconn.edu
Phone: 860-405-9190

Elizabeth Kading, B.G.S.
Continuing Education Counselor, Bachelor of General Studies
University of Connecticut
1084 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340
E-Mail: bgsavpt@uconn.edu
Phone: 860-405-9190

Cynthia Bernardo
Program Assistant, Bachelor of General Studies
University of Connecticut
1084 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340
E-Mail: bgsavpt@uconn.edu
Phone: 860-405-9190