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University Studies

The Bachelor of University Studies degree 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

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

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 University 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

 

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 Bachelor of University Studies (B.Univ.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 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.

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives. Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information. 

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

University Studies Academic Map

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Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
MATH (Math)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4
UNIV 1010* or elective3  Area of emphasis3 
Elective3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Area of emphasis3  Area of support3 
Elective3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL16 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Area of emphasis (UD)3  Area of emphasis (UD)3 
Area of emphasis3  Area of support3 
Area of support3  Elective (UD)3 
Elective (UD)3  Area of emphasis3 
LEAD 30103  PRST 30301 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL13 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
Elective (UD)3  PRST 40103 
Area of emphasis (UD)3  Elective3
Area of emphasis (UD)3  Area of support (UD)3 
Area of support (UD)3  Elective (UD)3 
Area of support (UD)3  Elective (UD)3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
*NOTE: Recommended elective of UNIV 1010 (3 hours) for freshmen or UNIV 2020 (1 hour) for transfer students. Students taking UNIV 2020 should discuss additional electives with their advisors.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
MATH (Math)3  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
Area of emphasis3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4
UNIV 1010* or elective3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Elective3 
Area of emphasis3  Elective3 
Area of support3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Area of emphasis (UD)3  Area of emphasis3 
Area of support3  Elective (UD)3 
Area of support3  Elective (UD)3 
Area of emphasis (UD)3  Area of support (UD)3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
Elective (UD)3  Elective (UD)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4  LEAD 30103 
PRST 30301  Area of emphasis3 
Elective1  Area of support (UD)3 
Area of emphasis (UD)3  Area of emphasis (UD)3 
Area of support (UD)3     
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
PRST 40103  Elective UD3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
*NOTE: Recommended elective of UNIV 1010 (3 hours) for freshmen or UNIV 2020 (1 hour) for transfer students. Students taking UNIV 2020 should discuss additional electives with their advisors.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120


Graduation information may be accessed here.

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 ACADEMIC MAP 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.