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University of Connecticut Avery Point

Bachelor of General Studies Program

Admissions Process | Curriculum | Transfer Students | Important Links | Contact Info

Students have been benefiting from this unique, part-time, individualized, interdisciplinary 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. Graduates from the Connecticut community college system in 2000 or later are guaranteed admission and UConn waives the $95 application fee. BGS students work one-on-one with the same academic advisor from admission through graduation. The advisor and student work together 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 of 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, ministers, social workers, counselors, and certified teachers, to name just a few. For many BGS graduates, their completed degrees have allowed them to advanced within their chosen professions. And for still others, their completed BGS degrees have served to encourage family members to pursue their own college studies. BGS graduates 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 business, counseling, education, forensics, literature, history, nurse practitioner, law, dentistry and medicine.

 

Admissions Process

Admissions to the Bachelor of General Studies Program is based on a variety of criteria. A personal interview with at BGS advisor is required before an application can be accepted. To apply to the Bachelor of General Studies Program, a prospective student must complete the BGS Application and submit it, along with official transcripts, to a BGS advisor at the chosen UConn campus. A decision concerning admission is made after student records have been evaluated. Students are informed of the admissions decision by letter.

 

The Curriculum

The Bachelor of General Studies program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that is designed to meet the needs of each student. BGS students may work with an advisor to develop a specialized individual focus or they may choose an established College of Continuing Studies focus in:

  • Arts and Humanities

  • Diversity and Multiculturalism

  • Human Services

  • International

  • Public and Community Engagement

  • Social Sciences

  • Society and Justice

 

Community College Transfer Students

A partnership between the College of Continuing Studies and Connecticut's Community College system offers access to UConn's fourth-largest undergraduate program, the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) program. Starting with the Class of 2000, graduates of Connecticut's Community Colleges are assured admission. Most all of the course credits that were applied to your Associate's Degree will be transferred toward the 120 credits that you will need to earn your BGS degree.

 

Important Links

 

Contact Information:

Nancy H. Steenburg, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
Bachelor of General Studies
University of Connecticut
1084 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340-6097
E-mail: bgsavpt@uconn.edu
Phone: (860) 405-9190

Maryann Pepin
Program Assistant
Bachelor of General Studies
University of Connecticut
1084 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340-6097
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 06340-6097
E-mail: bgsavpt@uconn.edu
Phone: (860) 405-9190