The bachelor of general studies degree program is an individualized liberal arts degree program for the mature adult who seeks an alternate 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.
A student 30 years of age or older may apply to the provost and vice president for academic affairs for admission to the bachelor of general studies degree program. The applicant must submit the following:
The provost and vice president for academic affairs assigns 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 provost and vice president for academic affairs an application with documentation that is evaluated independently by two faculty members and submitted to the Council on Education and the provost and vice president for academic affairs for final action. A maximum of 30 credit hours may be earned in this way.
A bachelor’s degree in general studies is awarded upon completion of the following:
A student’s individual program of studies determines which of the following fees will be paid:
Coursework at Bridgewater College: At the current part-time rate listed on the College website
Prior learning credit: $30 per credit hour