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What is the Bachelor of Science in University Studies Degree (BSUS)?

The BSUS degree program is a university-wide degree program designed for students who seek a course of study that is personally interesting and professionally relevant outside of the traditional majors approach to successful degree  completion. Students pursuing the BSUS are required to identify a career objective and design a specific degree plan of integrative coursework around a thematic core.

The BSUS is not a general studies degree, is not a degree for students with no clear degree or career objective, and is not a degree completion program.


If I graduate with a degree in University Studies, what will I call my  degree?

The  title of the degree is Bachelor of Science in University Studies. The title of  the Thematic Core will be designated on the student's transcript. For example, a student might say "I major in University Studies with a thematic core in Rural Health Leadership."


What are the requirements to declare this major?

Students must have completed 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work and have a  minimum overall GPA of 2.0


What is the "Thematic Core"?

BSUS majors are required to propose a curriculum plan that includes a thematic core. A thematic core is made up of 48 semester hours of specific coursework.

The thematic core may not include more than 24 semester hours from a single prefix or approved course list from any interdisciplinary program.

The thematic core and curriculum plan must be created with a specific career objective in mind. The student curriculum plan must not undercut another existing ECU baccalaureate degree. Every thematic core and curriculum plan is unique to the students, even if two students have the same thematic core title.

Additionally, a student should never assume that a BSUS degree plan can simply be patched together from previously completed coursework.

The thematic core and curriculum plan must be approved by the BSUS Faculty Oversight Committee.

 

Who is the BSUS Faculty Oversight Committee?

The BSUS Faculty Oversight Committee includes faculty representatives from each college within the University.

 

How do I create my curriculum plan and thematic core?

The student develops the curriculum plan and thematic core while completing UNIV 2000. The  UNIV 2000 course must be taken before they complete UNIV 4990.

 

What do I take my first semester if my curriculum plan and thematic core have not been approved by the BSUS Faculty Oversight Committee?

The curriculum plan includes free electives - 17 s.h. for the 2016 catalog year or earlier, and 19 s.h. for the 2017 catalog year or late. Students may also see if their foundation curriculum requirements have been met. Students are encouraged, but not required, to declare a minor and begin coursework towards that minor. Additionally students may register for LDSP 1000 or LDSP 4000 and an approved technology-related skill course  (e.g. MIS 2223, ITEC 2000, or BITE 2112), which are required in the BSUS core.

 

Is there a practicum or internship involved in the BSUS?

Yes. The UNIV 4990 Capstone course is required to be completed in the final semester  of University Studies major coursework. Students enrolled in UNIV 4990 will complete an internship experience or guided research paper or capstone project.

 

When are BSUS course offered?

UNIV 2000 and UNIV 4990 courses will be offered fall, spring, and summer. University Studies students should be mindful that additional courses in their curriculum plan and when they are offered are subject to when department decisions about those courses.

 

If I am a BSUS major, can I also declare a minor?

Yes. University Studies students are encouraged to declare a minor. Minor coursework may count towards Thematic Core courses or free elective. However, there are certain minors that do not allow students to count course work for both their major and their minor. Click here to see which minors this applies to.


Is this major a good fit for students unable to complete a current major requirement (ex. college algebra) or wish to avoid a major requirement (ex. Foreign language) yet keep the remaining coursework as their BSUS curriculum?

No. The thematic core and curriculum plan must be created with a specific career objective in mind. The student curriculum plan must not undercut another existing ECU baccalaureate degree. Additionally, a student should never assume that a BSUS degree plan can simply be patched together from previously  completed coursework.


Can the BSUS be completed online?

Yes.


What is the next step for students interested in pursuing the BSUS  degree?

Contact the University Studies Program office to schedule an appointment with an  academic advisor. By phone (252) 737-5062; In-person: Old Cafeteria Building, office 2421; via e-mail BSUS@ecu.edu

The Director, University Studies Program is Dr. Amy Shannon shannona@ecu.edu

The Lead Academic Advisor for the University Studies Program is Ms. Heather E. Weigand weigandh@ecu.edu

The Administrative Support Specialist for the University Studies Program is Ms. Jennifer N. Ward wardje17@ecu.edu

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Jequetta Thomas is a senior at East Carolina University majoring in University Studies with a thematic core in Women’s Healthcare Advocacy.


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