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Did you know that liberal arts graduates are overrepresented among:

  • The wealthiest American CEOs
  • Peace Corp volunteers
  • U.S. presidents
  • Pulitzer Prize winners
  • Fulbright scholarship winners

The liberal arts tradition - the foundation of America's first universities - is about individual students, small classes and active faculty engagement. NIU offers the best of this tradition in a blended online liberal arts degree.

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree combines face-to-face class meetings with the convenience of online learning. Its varied curriculum in humanities, social studies and science assures a broad-based education that includes critical thinking and communication skills, cultural awareness, and the ethical values that employers value.

The BGS harnesses technology for challenging, rewarding education whether you're preparing to enter job market, changing careers or fulfilling intellectual goals.