Program Requirements

Students seeking the degree Bachelor of General Studies satisfy the requirements of a major by completing:

  • A minimum of 85 semester hours in course work offered or approved by NIU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • A minimum of 30 semester hours of upper-division credit in course work offered or approved by NIU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • A minimum of 15 semester hours in each of the following three categories: behavioral and social sciences; life, mathematical, and physical sciences; humanities; (course work used to fulfill the English, mathematics, and speech requirement of the university's general education program will not be credited to any of these areas).
  • No more than 25 semester hours in any one department.
  • At least 30 semester hours of credit after entry in the program.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 120 semester hours of course work.
  • 40 semester hours of upper-division course work (courses at the 300-400 level).
  • Complete the last 30 hours semester hours through NIU.
  • Attain a 2.00 grade point average or better in all course work completed at NIU.
  • Complete the university's general education program, human diversity and writing infused requirements.
  • Complete the requirements of a major.

Consult the current Northern Illinois University Undergraduate Catalog for additional information.

Here’s what our alumni say

“I did it for me. But I wanted to be a good role model for my daughter. The fact that I could build off of the classes I took before and didn’t have to start over really appealed to me. I also liked the diversity of classes the program offered.”
-Marty Lombardo, BGS graduate 2016

“She (Judy Santacaterina) made me feel like we were going to cross the finish line together and went above and beyond to help with questions and concerns. I can’t emphasize enough how wonderful she is and I credit her for my accomplishment at NIU.”
-Julia Coates, BGS graduate 2016

“The faculty were so kind and patient with me while I finished my classes. The other students were amazing, too!”
-Bob Dalaskey, BGS graduate 2014



Contact Us

Judy Santacaterina
Director, BGS Program
Zulauf Hall 201
815-753-7961
jsantaca@niu.edu