Oct 20, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Studies, BS

Director/Program Coordinator: Amy Shannon (2025 Bate Building; 252-737-5062; shannona@ecu.edu)

The bachelor of science in university studies is a university-wide degree program designed for students who seek a course of study that is personally interesting and professionally relevant outside of the traditional majors path to successful degree completion.  Students pursuing the degree are required to identify a career objective and design a specific degree plan of integrative coursework around a thematic core.  The University Studies Faculty Oversight Committee (FOC) is composed of faculty representatives from each of the colleges throughout the university. The committee provides final approval of each student’s course of study and thematic core and serves as a resource to students.

To declare a major in university studies, students must have completed 75 s.h. with a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. A minimum 2.0 GPA must be maintained for coursework taken in the required core and in the thematic core courses. A minimum of 30 s.h. of coursework in the thematic core and free electives must be at or above the 3000-level of courses.

University Studies students are not eligible to pursue double majors or dual baccalaureate degrees.

Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

3. Thematic core - 48 s.h.

  • The thematic core must be of sufficient depth to provide the student with a program that helps establish a basic level of expertise similar to that earned in a traditional major.
  • The thematic core must be developed around a specific program of study that is not available through established degrees.
  • The thematic core should include courses and experiences that build a skill set in critical areas of communication, basic skills in technology, leadership, multicultural sensitivity, planning/organizing, critical thinking/analytical thinking/problem-solving, creativity, and collaboration/working in teams.
  • Students must work collaboratively with an academic advisor and faculty in appropriate disciplines when designing the thematic core.
  • A minimum of 30 s.h. of coursework in the thematic core and free electives must be at or above the 3000-level of courses.
  • The Faculty Oversight Committee must approve the thematic core.
  • The thematic core may not include more than 24 s.h. from a single prefix or approved course list from any interdisciplinary program.

4. Electives to complete requirements for graduation - 19 s.h.