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To attain full academic potential and clarify and achieve educational goals.
  • Career Driven
  • Purposeful, specific, and academically rigorous
  • Unique interdisciplinary theme


About University Studies

Do you seek unique paths? Are you looking for a degree that you can tailor to meet your specific academic and career goals? Have you debated or wandered between different traditional majors but cannot pick just one (or more)?

The Bachelor of Science in University Studies provides students a program to design their own degree plan and obtain faculty assistance and approval for their non-traditional approach. Students work with University Studies Program advisors and in the introductory class to design a specific, individual course of study around a focused theme, which is otherwise not available in traditional university majors, related to their career goals. The University Studies program cannot be used to bypass requirements of an existing program or otherwise replicate an existing major. The Program Director and the University Studies Faculty Oversight Committee (FOC), must approve of each student's degree plan and proposal to ensure academic rigor and help the student select courses that best meets their academic and career goals.

This program is perfect for students with a higher number of completed credit hours, transfer students, "part-way" students (adult learners who left college without a degree), and military personnel, veterans, and their family members who need a degree that can be tailored to their desires, but accepting of accumulated credit hours.


Requirements to Declare a University Studies Major

  • 60 s.h. of completed coursework
  • 2.0 minimum GPA

Minimum degree requirements is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:

Foundation curriculum - 42 s.h. (For information about curses that carry foundations curriculum credit see Liberal Arts Foundation Curriculum)

BSUS core - 13 s.h.

  • LDSP 1000 - Introduction to Leadership Studies
  • LDSP 4000 - Leadership Studies Capstone Seminar
  • UNIV 2000 - Introduction to University Studies
  • UNIV 4990 - University Studies Practicum
  • and Thematic core - 48 s.h.

Approved Technology Requirement - 3 s.h.

  • MIS 2223
  • BITE 2112
  • (or) ITEC 2000

Free elective to complete requirements for graduation.

What You Will Study

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in University Studies are required to identify a career objective and design a specific degree plan of integrative coursework around a thematic core. The University Studies Faculty Oversight Committee (FOC) is composed of faculty representatives from each of the colleges throughout the university. The committee provides final approval of each student's course of study and thematic core and serves as a resources to students.

What is a "Thematic Core?"

A thematic core is the specific and main coursework (48 semester hours) representing the student's major and interdisciplinary approach to their degree plan. The thematic core, and thematic core title, is developed and proposed during the UNIV 2000 course

  • Must include 30 hours of 3000 level, or higher, courses.
  • May not exceed 24 semester hours from the same course prefix in the Thematic Core.
  • Courses selected by the student, with faculty and advisor guidance, to prepare the student for a specific career objective.
  • Previously complete/transfer coursework may be approved to use in Thematic Core.
  • Courses taken to complete a minor or certification can count.

Thematic Core Title

Sample Thematic Core Titles from previous student BSUS cohorts:

Vintage Apparel and Entrepreneurship

Sound Design in Film and Game Development

Environmental Health and Safety Communication

Family Services Advocacy

Public Policy in the Arts

Faith-Based Youth Services

Scientific Writing

Brewing Science

Social Media & Communications

Digital Story Telling as Advocacy

Health in Special Populations

Computer Networking Consulting

Multimedia Arts

Exotic Animal Studies

Veterans Affairs Management

Business Communication

Nutrition and Performance

Developmental Services for Children

Reintegration Facilitation

Health Advocacy and Promotion

Fashion and Consumer Studies

Advocacy for at Risk Populations

Personnel and Event Management

Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Global Understanding

Writing and Politics

For more information on the Bachelor of Science Degree in University Studies, see the PowerPoint Presentation below:

BSUS PowerPoint Presentation


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Jequetta Thomas

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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2014 Fall 2014 Cohort 305

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