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University Studies Program

Welcome to the University Studies program at East Carolina University!

Through the Bachelor of Science in University Studies, students have the opportunity to follow a non-traditional path towards degree completion.  By designing their own degree plan, students can complete a degree that is personally interesting and professionally relevant-but not available through a traditional university major.  Our students receive faculty assistance while designing their own degree plan and each student’s plan must be approved by our Faculty Oversight Committee to ensure academic rigor and non-replication of an existing major.  This program is perfect for students with a higher number of completed credit hours who need a degree that can be tailored to their desires, completed online or on campus, and accepting of accumulated credit hours.  Feel free to contact us if you’d like to learn more!

Dr. Amy Shannon


University Studies Program



Congratulations to our newest graduates! Class of 2018

Award Winners, Spring:

  • Outstanding Cumulative GPA - Elizabeth Danielle Lewis
  • Outstanding Senior Internship - Jean Culbreth
  • Outstanding Senior Capstone Project - Brittany O'Brien
  • Outstanding Senior Research Paper - Brittany McCants

University Studies Program Graduate Recognition Ceremony, Spring 2018

The University Studies Program Graduate Recognition Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 4th, 2018, at 3:00pm. It will be held in Hendrix Theatre in the Mendenhall Student Center.

East Carolina University's Commencement Ceremony is a hallmark event for all community members. While each school and college may hold its own recognition ceremony, the University Commencement Ceremony at the Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on May 4th, 2018, at 7:00pm.

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Important Information for Graduating Seniors

Graduation Check-Out

  1. Review Degree Works for accuracy: Go to Pirate Port, Banner Self Service, click on Degree Works. Please review your information for accuracy . The purpose of the DegreeWorks evaluation is to provide record of remaining requirements for graduation, verify Catalog, Degree/program, Major, Minor, and/or concentrations, Thematic Core Title and classes and eliminate last minute errors. The catalog you are following will be used to determine the requirements for graduation. If you see an error, please contact the University Studies office as soon as possible via e-mail with what is incorrect.
  2. Fill out Undergraduate Application for Graduation online via BANNER SELF SERVICE. Make sure the correct term, not graduating term, when filling out the form. Please click here for how to apply.
  3. Cap and Gown are available for pick up at the Dowdy Student Store during store hours or can be mailed to for a small fee if you unable to get to campus. See the Dowdy Student Store website for more details: . A graduation application (above) will need to be submitted before going to the Student Store to pick up cap and gown.
  4. Complete the Exit/Senior Survey on Pirate Port, Financial Aid Exit Interview (if applicable), etc.

Your Diploma is usually mailed within 6-8 weeks after the successful completion of all courses, to the address you identified on your Application for Graduation


University Studies Program Partnership with Fayetteville Technical Community College

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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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