The School of General Studies traces its origins back to the mid-19th century when it was called Extension Teaching. Extension Teaching enrolled part-time students, professionals, and the general public in a “Literary and Scientific Course” offered in the evenings. Eventually renamed University Extension, the school began granting the Bachelor of Science degree in 1921.

In 1947, to meet the needs of thousands of military personnel returning from World War II, University Extension was restructured and designated the School of General Studies. The new college’s mission was to educate adults who, in addition to having an average of 5 to 10 years of life experience, had career demands and/or family responsibilities while pursuing their education. The college began awarding Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1969. 

Today, GS serves one of the largest populations of top-quality, degree-seeking veteran undergraduate students who have had a break of one year or more in their education.

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