Bachelor of General Studies Program

Dr. Charles W. Curry, Director

Course Descriptions: Bachelor of General Studies

The Bachelor of General Studies degree is designed specifically to provide returning adult students an opportunity to pursue a college education according to individualized needs, goals and time schedules. This program is distinguished from other degree programs presently offered at JMU by students being able to tailor degree requirements to their personal needs and experiences. The scholarly integrity of each person's program will be maintained through individualized advising with faculty members.

For information concerning the program or to make an appointment to discuss the program, contact the B.G.S. office, (540) 568-6824.


Applicants should have a lapse of at least three full years in their formal education, a minimum of 30 credit hours, and a completed BGS program proposal to be eligible for this program.

Program Requirements

Mechanisms for Earning Credit

There is no limit placed on the number of credits which might be accepted or earned through the following methods. It is reasonable to expect that the unique educational needs, background and personal circumstances of each student will determine to a great extent the manner in which credit has been and will be earned.

College level life/work learning, acquired through other than traditional classroom experience, must be validated by the student. Procedures for doing so have been established by the BGS Committee. Requests for experiential learning credit are to be presented no later than midterm of the semester prior to that in which the BGS student plans to graduate. Experiential learning credit is not transferable to a traditional degree program. BGS majors requesting experiential learning credit must complete BGS 200C, Portfolio Development.



The university's retention policy is applicable to BGS candidates. Credit hours will include regular course work, transfer credit, credit by examination, credit for independent reading and research, and credit for experiential learning.

College Level Examination Program

The BGS program at JMU participates in the College Level Examination Program. CLEP is a national program of credit by examination that offers students an opportunity to obtain recognition for achievement in specific college courses. The following policies determine the awarding of credit based on this program.

The Counseling and Student Development Center at JMU administers CLEP examinations on a monthly basis. Interested individuals may write to the Counseling and Student Development Center for a schedule of dates when CLEP tests will be given. A request for a Bulletin of Information for Candidates should be directed to:

College Level Examination Program
Box 592
Princeton, NJ 08540

Service Members Opportunity College

JMU has been designated as an institutional member of Service-members Opportunity College. As an SOC member, the university recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle and has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements, and crediting learning from appropriate military training and experiences.

Bachelor of General Studies Fees

Each learning component evaluation $75

Educational Media Laboratory

Dr. Raymond Ramquist, Director

The primary goal of the Educational Media Laboratory is the facilitation of learning, and particularly of learning through the application of technology. This goal is achieved in a variety of ways and in one or more of the eight individual EML laboratories.

The materials laboratory houses more than 8,000 items of representative textbooks, video tapes, tests, microcomputer software, sound slide/filmstrip programs and instructional kits. Students from departments within the College of Education and Psychology broaden their experiences by using a variety of electronic carrels to learn outside the classroom.

Computers are found throughout the facility allowing students to work with computer assisted instruction, word processing, scanned images, page layout, data analysis and the creation of multi-media computer presentations. These presentations can then be taken into a multimedia presentation room having computer and video disc projection side-by-side. Adaptations of technology such as interactive video disc, compact disc interactive, and interactive audio disc are allowing users in the EML to experience an electronic encyclopedia, a user-directed video history of the United States and an audio exploration of Beethoven.

For those desiring to be licensed in Virginia's schools, the opportunity is available to learn to utilize many forms of instructional technology. This activity takes place in the self-instructional equipment lab. The production, audio and video editing labs are utilized by faculty and students to produce various types of instructional materials. Both faculty and students may use the video micro recording lab to tape teaching or counseling techniques for later analysis and feedback.

The EML provides outreach services such as video use from the state's teaching materials collection. Users of the EML may also check out 35mm cameras, audio recorders and portable video recording equipment.

College of Education and Psychology Directory

Undergraduate Catalog Contents

1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University