University Studies Requirements

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University Studies allows students to design an interdisciplinary program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires one full year of college-level foreign language, while the Bachelor of Science degree does not. Students must successfully complete two courses providing a global or comparative perspective on the world (see section A of the Global Studies minor for complete listing of courses). Students must also take one course in English composition in addition to the University Core Curriculum composition requirement and one writing intensive course designated by a College of Liberal Arts program as fulfilling the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum requirement.

University Studies imposes few specific requirements for the degree other than those that are University-wide baccalaureate requirements. It is nonetheless essential that students are in good academic standing when entering the program, and maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or higher for all subsequent course work.

The below degrees cannot be earned in conjunction with any other Bachelor’s degree.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in University Studies

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
Requirements for University Studies 1 81
Foreign language 6
English Composition (3rd course) 3
Writing Intensive course 3
300-400 level coursework 42
Other courses approved by the Dean or Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts 27
Total 120

1 Two limitations are placed on course distribution: a. Students may take no more than 40 credit hours excluding courses used to satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements in any College, except for the College of Liberal Arts where they may take up to 54 hours (but no more than 27 credit hours in the social sciences, humanities, or fine and performing arts); b. Students may take no more than 20 credit hours excluding courses used to satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements, for a major in a School within a College.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in University Studies

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
Requirements for University Studies 1 81
English Composition (3rd course) 3
Writing intensive course 3
300-400 level coursework 2 42
Other courses approved by the Dean or Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts 33
Total 120

1 Two limitations are placed on course distribution: a. Students may take no more than 40 credit hours excluding courses used to satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements in any College, except for the College of Liberal Arts where they may take up to 54 hours (but no more than 27 credit hours in the social sciences, humanities, or fine and performing arts); b. Students may take no more than 20 credit hours excluding courses used to satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements, in a School within a College.

2 Upper division coursework for the University Studies degree counts towards the University’s Senior Institution hours requirement of 42 hours at the 300-400 level.