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 department 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 conjucntion with any other Bachelor’s degree.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) University Studies

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 41
Requirements for University Studies 1 79
Foreign language 6
English Composition (3rd course) 3
Writing Intensive course 3
300-400 level coursework 42
Other courses approved by the chief academic advisor in the College of Liberal Arts 25
Total 120

1 Two limitations are placed on course distribution: a. Students may take no more than 40 semester 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 semester hours in the social sciences, humanities, or fine and performing arts); b. Students may take no more than 20 semester hours excluding courses used to satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements, in a department or in a School within a College.

Bachelor of Science (BS) University Studies

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 41
Requirements for University Studies 1 79
English Composition (3rd course) 3
Writing intensive course 3
300-400 level coursework 2 42
Other courses approved by the chief academic advisor in the College of Liberal Arts 31
Total 120

1 Two limitations are placed on course distribution: a. Students may take no more than 40 semester 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 semester hours in the social sciences, humanities, or fine and performing arts); b. Students may take no more than 20 semester hours excluding courses used to satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements, in a department or 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.

Global Studies Minor

The interdisciplinary Global Studies minor is designed to help undergraduates develop a broader perspective on the world, to better understand other world cultures, including their history and inter-relations, and to lay the foundation for lifelong learning about global issues. The world is increasingly
interdependent in terms of economics, politics, migration, media, climate, and culture. More than ever, educated citizens need to understand current affairs occurring in distant parts of the world, and to do so from the perspective of different regions and cultures. The minor will help prepare students for a host of international-oriented careers.

Successful completion of the Global Studies minor consists of satisfying the following course requirements:
• Six courses (18 CHs), including two from A and one each from B, C, D, and E (additional courses and substitutions as approved).
• No more than three courses will be allowed from any one department.
• At least two courses must be at the 300- or 400-level.
• Any formal study abroad experience (3+ credits) may substitute for one course in the relevant regional area (B, C, D, or E). Only one such substitution is allowed.
• Note some courses have prerequisites (marked*); some are Core Curriculum courses (marked UCC).

A. Global/Comparative. AD 207A, 207C, 358; AFR 215; ANTH 104 (UCC), 208, 304 370; ARC 231 (UCC), 314I (UCC); ECON 302I (UCC), 329*; FL 301I (UCC); GEOG 100 (UCC), 103(UCC), 300I (UCC), 304*, 421, 424, 439; HIST 101A (UCC), 101B (UCC), 112 (UCC), 358I, 383, 447, 473, 488; JRNL 306I (UCC); PHIL 103A,B (UCC); POLS 250, 270, 352I (UCC), 372I, 373*, 375, 480; SOC 304I, 307, 437, 438, 476; CMST 441*, 448*.

B. Africa. AD 458; AFR 135, 225, 310A, 314A, 314B, 320; ANTH 271, 310A, 310F, 410H, 430C; HIST 387A, 387B, 493; POLS 467.

C. Asia & Middle East. CHIN 370*, 470; EA 102, 300; HIST 380A, 380B, 381, 384, 385, 489; JPN 370*; PHIL 308I, 475, 477, 478, 479; POLS 461.

D. Latin America & Caribbean. ANTH 204 (UCC), 205, 206, 302, 310C, 310E, 310I, 430B,F; GEOG 303I; HIST 370A, 370B; PHIL 360; SPAN 370B*, 434*.

E. Europe. AD 207B; ANTH 310D; CLAS 270, 271; ENGL 302A, 302B, 425, 448, 455, 464, 465; FL 200A,B,C (UCC); FR 440, 470*; GER 101A, 101B*, 337*, 370*; HIST 201, 205A, 205B,
337, 338, 406B, 410, 426, 442, 444; PHIL 482; POLS 458, 459*; SPAN 370A*.

See updated course lists at cola.siu.edu/academics/undergraduate/global-studies.