Austin W. Bunch, BAEd, MEd, PhD, Senior Associate Provost
Jayne Geissler, BS, MS, PhD, Executive Director for Retention Programs and Undergraduate Studies
Rondall Rice, BS, MA, PhD, Director of University Studies
The Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS) is an integral part of the university’s commitment to improving undergraduate education. This office, housed in the Division of Academic Affairs, serves as an administrative and academic home for various programs and services that relate to the academic undergraduate experience at East Carolina. The office works in collaboration with other initiatives with specific focus on retention, persistence, and graduation.
OUS includes the Academic Advising and Support Center, oversees the Academic Advising Collaborative, and is the campus center for programs focused on retention and persistence. The office also serves as an institutional clearinghouse for nationally competitive, external fellowships, grants and scholarships relating to undergraduate students and manages the undergraduate assistantship program.
There are several unique programs offered by East Carolina University at the undergraduate level through OUS: Early College Second Life Program, Italy Intensives Study Abroad, and the bachelor of science in university studies (BSUS).
The Early College Second Life program is a dual enrollment university credit program for high school students that uses a virtual 3-dimensional platform, Second Life, to deliver instruction. This early college program is in collaboration with school systems throughout North Carolina. For more information, consult www.ecu.edu/ecslp.
A second program is the Italy Intensives Study Abroad offering. This program is located in Certaldo Alto in the heart of the Tuscany region. The program offers fall and spring semesters and two summer-session study opportunities. In the fall and spring semesters, students may earn 12-18 semester hours of credit. Areas of study may include art, business, music, criminal justice, biology, theater, dance, music, hospitality, journalism, public relations, communication, political science, and nursing. Course offerings differ based on availability of faculty and study demand. For more information, consult www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/italy/ .
The third program is the bachelor of science degree program in university studies. The BSUS offers students the opportunity to create a self-designed or individualized major. See specific information below.