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Integrated Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies degree, which replaced the Bachelor of University Studies degree in Fall 2014, is an excellent option for students seeking a broad-based educational experience. This program offers flexible course scheduling including online classes and particularly may help students with prior credits to complete their degree. Students who have accumulated a variety of course credits that are not easily applied to a particular degree program often find that they can be used in this program, allowing them to graduate earlier at reduced costs.  Academic credit might also be available for previous military experience or certifications. The degree is interdisciplinary and not intended for training for one vocation. However, some pre-planned areas of emphasis are offered (Communication Studies, Health and Human Performance, Leadership Studies), or students may design their own with an advisor's approval.

Counselor found calling through broad degree program

Julius Defour ('06) shares his experiences with the Bachelor of University Studies degree with undecided students as a counselor for Spokane Falls (Wash.) Community College. Defour, All-Academic conference high jumper at MTSU, transferred in with credits from another college as a junior without a declared major. "I didn't know what I wanted to study. I knew what I wanted to dabble in," he said. University Studies allowed him to essentially have three minors instead of a major, and he studied history, mass communication, and behavioral sciences. He discovered quickly a career in recording industry wasn't for him, but "through my dabbling I learned that I really like education." After MTSU, he got a teaching fellowship through Americorps and earned a master's in education.

Degree set up grad studies in multiple disciplines

Tim Oneal (Bachelor of University Studies, 2002) is writing his doctoral dissertation in educational leadership at the University of North Dakota. The B.Unv.S. has allowed him to pursue multiple disciplines in grad school. While waiting to apply for law school, Oneal realized he had enough credits to pursue his master's in Criminal Justice Administration ('05, MTSU/TSU). He then completed an Educational Specialist degree ('06, MTSU) after his thesis compared spending for incarceration and higher education. "When it came to grad school, I found that I wasn't held into one specific discipline," Oneal said. "The University Studies degree allowed the diversity to get enough courses for prerequisites that I could tailor my graduate studies."

Career possibilities are almost endless with the Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies. Here are some potential occupational pathways, which include some positions held by MTSU graduates with this degree:

  • Aircraft quality engineer
  • Analyst for Homeland Security
  • Bank vice president
  • Child protective services investigator
  • Contract specialist
  • Corporate trainer
  • Customer service specialist
  • High school achievement gap intervention specialist
  • High school teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Lead patient service representative
  • Manager
  • Marketing manager
  • National Guard helicopter pilot
  • Newspaper sports editor
  • Nuclear safety engineer
  • Sales representative
  • Social services worker
  • Software quality engineer
  • Support staffer 

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • American Red Cross
  • Boeing Corp.
  • Caterpillar
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Federal Express
  • GMAC Mortgage
  • LifeWay Christian Resources
  • Makita USA
  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • National Park Service / U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Pinnacle Bank
  • Princeton Review
  • State Farm Insurance Co.
  • Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command
  • United Parcel Service
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Williamson County Board of Education

The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies (B.S.) is an interdisciplinary degree offered through MTSU's University College. Students may choose from several pre-planned Areas of Emphasis through partnership with other university departments or design their own in consultation with an advisor.

Required courses for every student, to help transition from academic to professional environment courses, are Leadership Theories and Practice, Senior Career Development Seminar; and Senior Capstone (PRST 4010).

Students choosing this degree option may also select a minor and/or other course work to support their area of emphasis. The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies has several areas of emphasis.

The University College also offers a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with concentrations in Healthcare Administration, Information Technology, Organizational Leadership, and International Organizational Leadership.

Integrated Studies, B.S.

University Studies 
Dianna Rust, program coordinator

The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies degree program is for the person who wishes to pursue a broad-based educational experience rather than a program designed to meet specific vocational or professional job opportunities. This program offers flexible course scheduling and may be particularly appropriate for students with prior credits that can be applied to a four-year degree. The degree is offered by the University Studies department within the University College.

Specific requirements are

  1. 41 semester hours fulfilling the General Education requirements;
  2. a 31-hour major consisting of 7 hours of required courses and one area emphasis of 24 hours determined in consultation with an advisor;
  3. completion of at least 9 semester hours at the upper-division level through MTSU in the major;
  4. 2.00 GPA in the courses taken in the major;
  5. 15-18 hour area of support or minor; and
  6. 30 hours of electives (or 33 hours if a 15-hour minor is used).
  7. A minimum of 25 percent of credit for each degree awarded by MTSU must be earned through offerings by the University.
  8. At least 42 hours of junior and senior (3000-4000 level) courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.00 GPA)  or better.
  9. Courses numbered 1000 and 2000 which are substituted for 3000-4000-level courses may not be used in the 42 upper-division hours.
  10. A minimum of 30 semester hours of junior and senior (3000-4000-level) courses must be completed through MTSU.
  11. A minimum of 60 semester hours of senior college credit will be required from all students who transfer from colleges with less than four-year designation.
  12. No more than 25 percent of the credits for nonbusiness degrees may be in courses commonly found in a school of business.
  13. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 must be obtained on all degree credit courses.

Additional information about the Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies can be obtained from the University Studies Department or at mtsu.edu/programs/integrated-studies/.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Integrated Studies, B.S., Academic Map 


Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the degree programs offered by University College, faculty are drawn from every discipline offered at MTSU. This benefit allows University College students to gain from the expertise of all MTSU faculty and to have greater latitude in selecting their specific areas of interest.

The multidisciplinary nature of this degree program allows students, in consultation with their academic advisors, to choose courses from a variety of disciplines to fit their individualized academic plans. Click on the REQUIREMENTS tab to see a framework for planning and course selection to meet degree requirements; however, the academic map does not replace working with an academic advisor.