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Move Ahead with Summer at Eastern! It Will Be Your Best Summer Yet!


Visit What's new at Eastern for the summer? Discounted campus housing and a growing campus community life with events. What's great at Eastern this summer: COM 460 with acclaimed non-fiction author Jeff Benedict whose cover story is on Sports Illustrated, small classes, Core and Major courses, one week intensives, 3- or 6-week, or online courses. Have the best summer yet at Eastern! Register now!

How to Make Time for College

Some of you are back in school for the first time in quite a while.  You Library3.jpgmight be panicking, thinking, "How can I possibly fit in all this extra work on top of my already busy life?"  Well, it is possible to do it.  I was just talking with our new student assistant, who is 25 years old, and his 'secret' would work for any of us.  In order to stay on top of your school work, you need to be organized with your time using every spare minute productively.  It will be a huge help if you have a planning calendar, either electronic or paper, and plot out all the little time blocks that you might normally waste and use them to study.  For example, if you have to wait while picking up your kids, be sure that you have course materials with you to review.  That reminds me that to be an efficient student it is critical that you take good notes in class -- then you will have something valuable to review while waiting to pick up your kids! 


My husband is a college teacher and I am amazed when he tells me how many young students take NO notes in class.  If you take good notes and review them frequently, you should be in good shape for most classes.  Usually, faculty members tell you in class what they want you to know for exams. 


If you do find yourself struggling in a class, don't be too proud to ask for help.  The Academic Services Center in the lower level of the Library has tutoring services as well as a Writing and Math Center.  Check out their services and hours at


Most of us who work in the School of Continuing Education have been adult students at some point in our lives.  We know you can do this!  Don't hesitate to call us for assistance or for an advisement appointment, (860) 465-0206.


Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education

Eastern Connecticut State University



The Bachelor of General Studies Degree (BGS) is a flexible degree program available to part-time and full-time students who are 25 years of age or older. The BGS is especially appropriate for those who have gained significant learning through work and life experience.

Credit requirements for the BGS degree can be met through college coursework (taken at Eastern and other regionally accredited colleges) in combination with a maximum of 60 credits of nontraditional learning such as Eastern's Credit for Lifelong Learning (CLL) program (open to those 25 years and older), CLEP (College Level Examination Program) and DSST tests, and American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations for military training.

Upon entry to the BGS program, each student completes a learning agreement with a Continuing Education advisor. This agreement outlines the student's proposed plan of study and ensures that all degree and University requirements will be met.  There is no time limit on when prior transfer courses were taken.  A minimum of 30 credits must be earned through actual coursework completed with Eastern.

For more information about the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree, call the School of Continuing Education at 860-465-0206. 


What the School of Continuing Education Does!

As an integral part of Eastern Connecticut State University, the School of Continuing Education (SCE) has a multi-faceted role in serving the residents of Connecticut.

SCE is dedicated to advising adults who want to return to college to finish their degree or attend college for the first time. The advisors in the School of Continuing Education are experts at assisting part-time and Bachelor of General Studies students.  Our Fast Track Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Degree Completion Program was designed for busy individuals who are at least 25 years old and who already have 60 or more prior college credits. The Fast Track is the quickest, most efficient way for most people to finish their bachelor's degree. In addition, you can accelerate your degree in many ways, through Credit for Life Long Learning, Fast Track courses, and by taking CLEP and DSST tests.

In addition, SCE runs a comprehensive winter and summer session schedule with such choices as online classes and accelerated classes in one-week, two-week, three-week and five- or six-week formats. Many students accelerate their degree by taking these accelerated formats.

In addition to college credit courses, the School of Continuing Education offers thousands of professional, non-credit courses through its affiliation with Gatlin Educational Services/Ed2Go.  Every fall and spring, the school makes available the SHRM® Learning System course for those seeking to take the Society of Human Resources examination.

SCE provides additional learning opportunities to all Eastern students with:

·         Off-campus sites (Groton, Sub Base, and Manchester and Capital Community Colleges) 

·         EasternOnline

·         Global Field Courses, which are short-term study abroad experiences

The School of Continuing Education also manages facility rentals to organizations in the community.

If you have questions, please, call (860) 465-0206.

Associate Dean Carol Williams
School of Continuing Education at Eastern

Now is the Time to Go to College!

Do you want to go to college? Do you have credits from your past college experience but did not complete your degree? Find out what you need to know from an Eastern Connecticut State University advisor at our convenient off-campus site in Groton. Information Sessions are at 6 p.m. on Monday evenings.  Call Gail at (860) 446-9457.

What's Exciting in Eastern's Summer Session B?

At Eastern, all our summer courses are exciting, but we'll highlight a few for you.  If you have questions, call 860-465-0206.  Registration is open.

50262 BUS 301 Business Ethics.  Prerequisites: ACC 202, BUS 225, BUS 201, BUS 245, BUS 260, and ENG 100, 100P, 200 or HON 200 and LAC student with at least two Tier II courses or GER student.
In this course, students who are already familiar with the core areas of business administration and the ethical issues faced in those areas will engage in a writing-intensive examination of classical and modern approaches to business ethics and exploration of their own moral values.

50266 ECO 210 Economics & the Environment (EasternOnline).  Prerequisite: None
Note: Cannot be used for the economics major. This course examines how economic analysis can be used to understand the sources of environmental problems and possible solutions. Emphasis is placed on basic economics tools and their application to social issues and policy such as pollution, recycling, energy and sustainable development.

50216 EES 230 Natural Disasters.  Prerequisite: LAC student with T1NS course or GER student.
Natural disasters occur where and when destructive atmospheric, hydrologic, geologic and/or human-induced processes negatively impact people. Most such disasters are associated with large infrequent events such as hurricanes, ice storms, earthquakes, floods, etc. Topics that are examined focus on specific hazardous conditions and disasters associated with violent weather, internal and external geologic processes, hydrologic phenomena and selected human activities.

50116 FAH 240 Style in the Arts. Prerequisite: None
This course introduces major themes and issues in the arts. Students will review and critique art while analyzing its role in society. The course format will consist of lectures, group discussions, projects, video presentations and museum visits.

50309 HIS 365/PSC 365 Judges, Lawyers & Courts.  Prerequisite: None

50137 PHI 220 Ethics. Prerequisite: None
A study of the major positions in Western ethical thought from Socrates to the present, and an examination of the basic principles of moral decision that have been proposed.

50065 PHY 102 Energy & Scientific Method.  Prerequisite: None
An integrated lab-lecture course designed for non-science majors in which the scientific method is studied as it is applied to the investigation of energy and its uses.

50269 THE 272 Intro to Acting.  Prerequisite: LAC student with T1A or T1LT course or GER student.
Vocal and physical exercises, improvisations and scenes are employed in order to master the techniques and methods of character development.

--Susan Crowley, Webmaster

Summer Session B starts July 5 -- You Want to Be There!

Panoramic_view2.jpgSummer at Eastern is wonderful for its small, intimate classes and real learning experiences.  The second Summer Session (Summer Session B) is filled with possibilities for you.  Let's look at a few.


Are you one of those people who really can't leave your home for long?  Gas prices getting you down?  There are more than 20 courses via EasternOnline available for the second session.   Online courses at Eastern are great educational experiences where you have the benefit of studying when you can and attending lectures online.  Check out EasternOnline and see if it's for you.

There are also traditional in-person courses held on the campus in Willimantic or at the off-campus site in Groton.   Here are several courses you might enjoy;  some will help with majors and have prerequisites.

50112 ART 114 02 Ceramics - Workshop experience with clay processes used in making and decorating pottery. Emphasis on hand pieces, decoration, glazing, modeling and knowledge of the use of the potter's wheel and operation of kiln. No prerequisite required.

 50135 ACC 416 02 Federal Individual Taxation - Emphasis is placed on basic forms and structures of federal income taxation and delves particularly into those aspects which affect individual taxpayers. Attention is given to the historical development of federal taxation, the legislative process, the underlying rational of federal taxation, working with the Internal Revenue Code, tax preparers' responsibilities and tax research.  Prerequisite: ACC 301.

50024 COM 310 02 Digital Photography - Focus is on venues for publication in mass media communication including photojournalism and marketing. Camera fundamentals, concepts of exposure and camera operation are reviewed. Lecture/lab topics include image protocols and techniques for photo display and editing with CS4. Retouching techniques and photomontage are introduced along with ethical issues regarding image manipulation and the ownership protections of copyright laws. Students compile digital portfolios of their lab work for display in Powerpoint and a web portfolio. Labs include instruction for use of Eastern student accounts to store and serve student ePortfolio content.  Prerequisite: COM 210


This is only a sampling of the many courses available in the Second Summer Session (Summer Session B).  If you have any questions and would like to speak to an advisor, please, call (860) 465-0206.  Visit  to view all the available courses.  Take a course with Eastern and gain a whole new insight on education.


--Susan Crowley, Webmaster

Why Do People Go Back to School?

I'm just back from a few days of vacation in Florida -- strangely it was cooler and dryer there than in Connecticut.  Having been away for a few days, I was surprised when one of our advisors, Joanne, told me how many people she had seen in the office this past week.  There has been a steady stream of potential students coming in to see our advisors this summer -- it seems much busier than usual. 

I asked Joanne what these students have told her about why they decided to come back to finish their bachelor's degree.  Joanne said that the predominant reason is caDSC_1284.jpgreer related.  Many students can see that their potential career growth is hampered if they don't have a bachelor's degree.  They may even have been hired by someone quite a bit younger than they are.  Other people may want to change careers.  The bachelor's degree is usually required for career advancement, since each new job attracts many applicants and employers can create a smaller pool for interviews by sorting on the basis of who has a bachelor's degree. 

I spoke with Kate, one of our other advisors, this morning.  Kate has an appointment today with someone who was working on his degree at Eastern quite a few years ago but dropped out.  Today he is meeting with Kate to see how quickly he can now finish a Bachelor of General Studies degree.   Kate is excited to reconnect with him and find out why he has now decided to complete his bachelor's degree.  

Each of our students in the School of Continuing Education has a special story and a unique perspective on why it is important for them to finish their degree.  If you'd like to share your story, we would love to hear it, and, you just might inspire someone else to take the plunge and go back to school this fall!!


Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education

Eastern Connecticut State University


Summer Classes


Well, Summer Session A began yesterday, May 23rd, the day after a stirring Commencement Ceremony at the  XL Center.  It may not feel like summer yet but warm weather IS coming.   Over the years, and I have been here at Eastern many summers, I have heard both faculty and students talk about the special dynamic that emerges in summer classes.  There seems to be a "we're all in it together" mentality toward learning that develops.  The classes are smaller and more intimate as a result.  And generally people are very motivated--they signed up for that summer course for a particular reason.  If you are taking a class this summer, I hope that you will really enjoy it.  Let us know how your summer experience is going.


Carol J. Williams, Associate Dean, School of Continuing Education

Why Do You Love Eastern?

In attending local functions, it is evident that Eastern Connecticut State University is a beloved college.  Eastern students and alumni are very proud of their school and aren't shy in saying why.  When we asked them why they love Eastern, this is what they said.

"I really like the location of the school.  You can walk five minutes in either direction, and you're close to beautiful scenery and great food."  - Ross (Class of 2012)

"The teachers value the well-being of their students.  You can talk to your advisors and professors." 
- AJ (Class of 2012)

"I love Eastern because the classes are small, so you can form relationships with your professors."
 - Stephanie (Class of 2013)

"There are a lot of reasons why I love Eastern.  The campus is easy to get to know, and there's always something to do whether it's an RA program or campus activity.  I feel like I'm constantly learning."
- Lauren (Class of 2011)

"I love the professors because you get to know them individually.  I like that it's a small university. You can't get lost because you know where your buildings are.  Everything is very simple."
-Jasmine (Class of 2012)

"I love Eastern because it's a very friendly community on campus.  The professors, especially in biology, are very friendly.  My advisor is helping me get where I want to go."
-Bill (Class of 2013)

"Having spent time in a university atmosphere, Eastern is not overwhelming where you'd get lost.  You have a sense of identity and not just being 'another student'."
-Gloria (Class of 2007)

Thank you, everyone, for telling us why you love Eastern.  If you love Eastern too, tell us why in the comment box.  We love hearing from you.

Susan Crowley, Webmaster

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