University Studies

Department Chair: Cory Burger, cory.burger@vcsu.edu, (701)8457302
Faculty Contact: Cory Burger, cory.burger@vcsu.edu, (701)8457302
Department Office: Vangstad 018, The CAVE, (701)845-7302
Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101

Major

The Bachelor of University Studies is a customizable degree in which students can build their own degree to fit their academic and career goals. The degree is designed to help students who are unsure of what they want to major in, as well as, those who want to attend VCSU but wish to customize their academic experience.

The degree has two tracks of completion.  Track I requires students to complete the General Education Core required of all VCSU graduates, the declaration of a major concentration area and a minor concentration area, along with the completion of UNIV 100 Introduction to University Studies, UNIV 110 Study Skills UNIV 120 Career Development , and UNIV 491 University Studies Capstone Course .  Track II requires students to complete the General Education Core required of all VCSU graduates, three concentration areas, and the completion of UNIV 100 Introduction to University Studies, UNIV 110 Study Skills, UNIV 120 Career Development, and UNIV 491 University Studies Capstone Course

Students will work closely with the Director of Student Academic Services to develop concentrations that meet career goals, which electives might suit them best term by term, and which minor concentration areas to pursue. In short, taking a skills and experience based approach, we've designed our program to specifically help students find the right mix of courses for both their present desires and future needs.

In an ever changing world, the Bachelor of University Studies allows students to develop a degree that fits their needs.  Within the University Studies major, students will develop a particular set of skills that are necessary to their career goals. This means the careers available to University Studies students are wide ranging.  Additionally, the University Studies degree allows students to customize a degree that prepares them for graduate studies in a wide range of subjects.

General Education Requirements 

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
or
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Mathematics
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Precalculus
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
Introductory College Physics I
Introductory College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Introduction to Psychology Lab (Corequisite: PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology) 1
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Wellness
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Technology
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Humanities
Literacies
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology 1
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Design
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Valkyries
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Major Requirements

UNIV 100Introduction to University Studies1
UNIV 110Study Skills1
UNIV 120Career Development1
UNIV 491University Studies Capstone Course (Service Project, Thesis, Internship)3
Total Credits6

Concentration I

Thematic Area 148
36 of the 48 credits upper division
Thematic Area 218
9 of the 18 credits upper division
Total Credits66

Concentration II

Thematic Area 122
15 of the 22 credits upper division
Thematic Area 222
15 of the 22 credits upper division
Thematic Area 322
15 of the 22 credits upper division
Total Credits66

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 6 Hrs
Total Concentration Requirement 66Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
English Composition (Gen Ed)3Art and Music (Gen Ed)3
Mathematics (Gen Ed)3English Composition (Gen Ed)3
Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
Technology (Gen Ed)3Wellness (Gen Ed)2
UNIV 1001Social Science (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1101UNIV 1201
UNIV 1501 
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2Social Science (Gen Ed)3
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4Lower Division (Thematic Area)3
Literacies (Gen Ed)3Upper Division (Thematic Area)3
Lower Division (Thematic Area)3Upper Division (Thematic Area)3
Lower Division (Thematic Area)3Upper Division (Thematic Area)3
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Lower Division (Thematic Area)3Lower Division (Thematic Area)3
Lower Division (Thematic Area)3Lower Division (Thematic Area)3
Upper Division (Thematic Area)3Upper Division (Thematic Area)3
Upper Division (Thematic Area)3Upper Division (Thematic Area)3
Upper Division (Thematic Area)3Upper Division (Thematic Area)3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
UNIV 4913Upper Division (Thematic Area) or Internship3
Upper Division (Thematic Area)3Upper Division (Thematic Area) or Internship3
Upper Division (Thematic Area)3Upper Division (Thematic Area)3
Upper Division (Thematic Area)3Upper Division (Thematic Area)3
Upper Division (Thematic Area)3Upper Division (Thematic Area)3
 15 15
Total Credits 121

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will develop the reflective skills necessary to understand their own development as students, professionals, and adults.
  2. Students will learn the essential academic skills necessary to be successful at VCSU.
  3. Students will develop the hard skills specific to their desired career goals and outcomes.  In addition, students will work on developing dispositional attributes that are specific to the modern work climate.