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