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The USI Bachelor of General Studies program is designed for you, the working adult (age 25 and over) with significant educational experience and a strong desire to complete college course work that will be meaningful and personally enriching.  Choose the Applied Studies Option in Organizational Communication Studies, Technical Studies, or Information Technology Studies if you have  an associate degree, or choose the Individualized Studies Option to create a program that meets your unique educational goals.

USI's Bachelor of General Studies is a customized degree program for working adults combining:

  • previous higher education
  • technical training
  • skills acquired on the job
  • course selection tailored to specific career interests
  • opportunities for credit by examination
  • opportunities to complete courses via distance education

BGS student proves that persistence pays off

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Bachelor of General Studies degree earned
one course at a time

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Nontraditional student completes BGS degree,
begins work on master's

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Do you have:

  • credits from one or more colleges?
  • an associate degree or certificate from a technical school?
  • specialized military training or an apprenticeship program?
  • an educational goal that does not fit into existing college majors?
  • a strong desire to complete a baccalaureate degree for career advancement?

For more information contact Lee Ann Shafer, BGS Advisor, at 812/464-1879 or 800/467-8600.

Left to right: Dr. Mark Bernhard, Associate Provost of Outreach and Engagement, with December 2011 BGS graduated Terry Priest, Ray Kanipe, and Talisa Gregory.

2009 BGS Graduates

Left to right: Charlene Kaufman, Amy Carie, Lee Ann Shafer (BGS Advisor), and Christopher Todd. December 2009 BGS graduates.


Meagan Bard, BGS Advisor Lee Ann Shafer, Josh Eldridge, Kelly Kopatich at Commencement 2007

“The flexibility of the Bachelor of General Studies Program at USI
lends itself well to adult students. I have had the opportunity to study a broad range of topics in my quest for a balanced, yet interdisciplinary education."   
~Mike Eble, Senior BGS Student

Sarah McQuay is a junior BGS student, working with the Healthy Families program at the Youth Service Bureau. Sarah says:

"The BGS program respects the fact that I have a limited amount of time. With the ability to focus on my professional needs, I feel that every class I take will benefit me."

Two upper-level courses recommended for BGS Students

Program Requirements
Applied Studies Option
Individualized Studies Option

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