Launch Your Journey with US!
• Designed for students who have specific interests and career goals
which are not met by a current ECU degree program.
• Individualized degree program that is developed by the student
with collaboration with faculty and advisors.
• Degree is created by matching classes across campus to create a 48
semester hour Thematic Core that is purposeful, specific and
academically rigorous.
• Each class of the Thematic Core compliments future goals and
together presents a strong, unique interdisciplinary theme.
• The title of the degree is Bachelor of Science in University
 Students will give a title to their “Thematic Core” 48
semester hours (group of classes that match career goals)
 The title of the “Thematic Core” will be designated on the
student’s transcript
 For example, a student might say “I major in University
Studies with a thematic core in Social Media
Communications” or Thematic Core in “Family Services
• Your curriculum plan may include a minor, if applicable.
 2.0 GPA overall
 Completed 30 semester hours of undergraduate
Note: Students with fewer than 30 hours (freshmen and
sophomores) are encouraged to explore customary ECU
majors first.
 Students must submit a proposal explaining the reason
for pursuing the BSUS, describing the thematic core,
and relating the thematic core to a personal career
objective. This takes place in the “Introduction to
University Studies” course, UNIV 2000
• The BSUS is designed to be a rigorous academic
• Coursework must be approved for use in the
Thematic Core.
• A maximum of 24 sh from the same prefix (ex.
PSYC or MUSC) or degree track (ex. Education
degree ) may be used.
• A minimum of 30 sh must be at or above the 3000
Students are able to
Create a degree that is personally interesting and
professionally relevant outside of a traditional
Use coursework completed from previous major
and other institutions in an effective and
thoughtful way
Drive the learning experience and degree
• Purposeful: it matches students’ interests and career goals by selfdesigned review of classes and learning outcomes.
• Flexible: Any Foundation Curriculum (general education designation) may
be applied.
Part-time and full-time options. Available 100% online by Fall 2015.
• Creative: by building the class makeup, investigation and thoughtful
consideration is made towards program goals.
• Efficient: use of existing coursework may be applied to the degree if it
matches career/theme goals.
Let’s take a look…
• 42 hours of Foundation Curriculum (FC)
• Any classes that meet FC requirements in: English, Science, Math, Social
Science, Humanities/Fine Arts, Health & Exercise Section.
• No specific math foundation required
• No foreign language requirements
• 13 hours of Core Coursework
• LDSP 1000 (3hrs) and LDSP 4000 (3hrs)
• UNIV 2000 (1hr) and UNIV 4990 (3hrs)
• Technology Course (3hrs) choose one from: MIS 2223, ITEC 2000, or BITE
2112 or approved 3 hour technology course
• 48 hours of Thematic Core: (16 classes typically), group of classes
that match Career Goals
• 17 hours of Free Elective
BSUS is broken up into 4
1. Foundation
2. BSUS Core
3. Thematic Core
4. Free Elective
BSUS will accept any FC:
• Math (3 hrs)
• Science with lab (8 hrs)
• Social Sciences (3 of kind, 12 hrs)
• Humanities/Fine Arts (one of each, 10 hrs)
• See here for classes that count to FC
Thematic Core (TC)= 48 hours total, typically 16x classes
Must follow these rules:
TC must be made around a specific program of
study not available in established degree
TC may not have more than 24 hrs of same prefix
or degree track
30 hours (typically 10x classes) in TC and/or Free
Elective must be at 3000 level
2.0 GPA in TC and overall
Classes you have already taken can be used, if
appropriate and above follow rules
Minor(s) and Certificates can make up the TC
Purposeful Grouping that Matches Career Goal
 A Thematic Core is made up of 48 semester hours of specific coursework,
typically 16x classes total.
 A student’s Thematic Core prepares a student for a specific career objective.
 The career objective and Thematic Core are determined by the student, with
faculty and advisor guidance, and must be approved by the Faculty Oversight
 Some previously completed coursework may be approved for the makeup of
Thematic Core.
 The Thematic Core is developed and proposed during the UNIV 2000 course.
 The Thematic Core may include an established minor or certificate.
Health in Special Populations
Family Services Advocacy
Public Policy in the Arts
Vintage Apparel and Entrepreneurship
Sound Design in Film and Game Development
Environmental Health and Safety Communication
Digital Story Telling as Advocacy
Social Media & Communications
Scientific Writing
Faith-Based Youth Services
Women’s Integrated Aesthetic Studies
Faith-Based Youth Services : 48 hours
Scientific Writing : 48 hours
RCLS 2000- Foundations of Recreation, Parks,
and Tourism
RCLS 2400- Adventure-Based Program
RCLS 2600- Outdoor Recreation Activities
RCLS 2601- Leisure in Society
RCLS 3104- Public and Non-Profit Recreation
RCLS 3131- Recreation for Diverse Populations
HLTH 2125/26- Safety Education and First Aid
MGMT 3202- Fundamentals of Management
RELI 4500- Religious Studies Seminar
HMGT 3400- Meeting, Event, and Convention
RELI 2695- Intro to the Old Testament
RELI 2696- Intro to the New Testament
RELI 3896- Life and Teachings of Jesus
PLAN 3020- Environmental Planning
FINA 3500- Entrepreneurship finance
MGMT 4003- Essentials of Entrepreneurship
ANTH 2200 Introduction to Cultural
BIOL 2250/51 Ecology, Lab
BIOL 2300 Genetics
BIOL 3150 Plant Biology
BIOL 3240/41 Field Zoology, Lab
BIOL 3260 Cell and Developmental Biology
BIOL 3740/41 Animal Behavior, Lab
ENGL 3750 Introduction to Linguistics
ENGL 3720 Writing Systems of the World
ENGL 3810 Advanced Composition
ENGL 3815 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 3880 Writing for Business Industry
PSYC 3241 Personnel and Industrial
PSYC 3310 Introduction to Neuroscience
SOCI 2110 Introduction to Sociology
Family Services Advocacy : 48 hours
Digital Story Telling as Advocacy: 48 hours
CDFR 1103 Marriage and Family Relations
CDFR 2000 Child Dev 1:Prenatal Early Childhood
CDFR 2001 Child Dev 2: Middle Childhood to
Young Adult
CDFR 3002 Child in Family
CDFR 3150 Intro to Early Childhood Intervention
CDFR 3215 The Family as Consumers
CDFR 4313 Trends, Issues, and Family Studies
CHE 2999 Leadership substitute for CDFR 4303
EDUC 1XXX Teaching the Exceptional Learner
EDUC 3002 Intro to Diversity
ELEM 3236 Practice in Curriculum and Instruction
HLTH 3244 Practicing Procedures in Health for the
Elementary School
READ 3204 Fundamentals of Reading
READ 3302 Read Instr in Intermediate Grades
SCIE 3216 Teaching Science in Elem School
SPED 2000 Intro to Exceptional Children
SPED 2100 Students with Disabilities in the
General Curriculum
SPED 2109 Students with Disabilities in the
General Curriculum
EDUC 3002 Introduction to Diversity
SPED 3001 Assessing Students with Disabilities
CSDI 2100 Introduction to Communication Disorders
CDFR 1103 Marriage and Family Relations
SPED 2000 Introduction to Exceptional Children
PSYC 2777 Ethnocultural Psychology
SPED 2100 Students with Disabilities General
SPED 2123 Early Exposure for Prospective Teachers
SPED 2200 Students with Disabilities General
SPED 2209 Students with Disabilities Adapted
Curriculum Practicum
FILM 2900 Introduction to Film Studies
FILM 3900 American and International Film History,
Part 1
COMM 4040 Media, Culture, and Society
ENGL 4930 Film: The Writer’s Perspective
FILM 4980 Topics in Film Aesthetics
FORL 2520 French Cinema Classics
FILM 3920 Film Theory and Criticism
FILM 4985 Film Studies Capstone
What is your “Career List”? Create a bullet list of some:
o Potential job titles
o Job responsibilities you would like to do
o Skills needed in those careers
Think about “Who, What, Where, When, Why” in regards to Career
o Who would you like to work for (could be a specific company or
population you are interested in serving (veterans, at-risk youth,
o What type of responsibilities would you enjoy or activities doing
in these career fields. What types of skills or knowledge are
needed (ex. Strong communication, interpersonal skills, or web
design knowledge or budget management, etc.)
o Where do these jobs exist (settings, companies, parts of the state
and country, etc.)
o When can you begin working in this field, do you need a
Bachelors/masters/other license to do this work, what type of
qualifications do you need?
o Why do you want this type of career? Think about what do you
enjoy doing that matches these job titles and your skills that
match the skills needed for job, what classes do you enjoy and
have done well in, what do you do in your free time that might
match these careers, why this type of job, etc.
• What is YOUR list? Let’s match classes to your
list. Use the following tools to help you:
o Recipe- a starting place to break it down and
understand what you have and what you need to
complete degree. (Official review will happen with
BSUS Advisor). Please see “Recipe Resource”.
o Menu- how to pick classes for TC class ideas by
theme. Please see “How to Pick TC” resource.
• The BSUS Faculty Oversight Committee (FOC) includes
faculty representatives from each college within the
• BSUS Proposal will be reviewed by the FOC in the semester
you take UNIV 2000. Your Proposal includes your Thematic
Core (TC) classes, Title of TC, Essay about yourself and your
career plans.
• FOC will make decisions on curriculum plan: approve or
provide feedback for resubmission.
• The approval of your BSUS Proposal will become your
finalized curriculum plan towards graduation.
• See the BSUS website for a complete list of members:
• This depends on the student’s career
• UNIV 2000 involves career planning and
engagement with the ECU Career Center.
• The BSUS Workforce Advisory Committee
provides guidance for positioning graduates
for employment.
• Of the 1712 jobs posted with the ECU Career
Center for school year 2011-12, 15% of
postings indicated “any major”.
• An internship experience is a part of the
curriculum to aid in job placement.
• The BSUS does not prepare students for
required certifications and licensures.
• UNIV 4990 Capstone course is a practicum course
taken your last semester in the BSUS program. It is
offered Fall, Spring and Summer 11 session.
• UNIV 4990 may include internship field experience,
senior thesis or guided research project, completed the
final semester of your program.
• The UNIV 4990 experience should match your goals
related to career or graduate school, going back to
your “list.”
• BSUS students are expected to complete volunteer, or
community engagement hours prior to graduation.
• Dr. Rondall Rice, Director of University Studies Program
[email protected]
• Mrs. Stephanie Bailey, Assistant Director of University Studies, Program
[email protected]
• Ms. Nicole Johnson, Administrative Support Specialist of University
[email protected]
Located on main campus:
See “Old Cafeteria” on
2500 Old Cafeteria Building
• Consider your career goals and if this degree could be a
good fit for you.
• If you are interested in pursuing this degree:
1. Fill out “Prospective Student” Survey (located in original
BSUS email, see email)
2. Fill out “Recipe” handout (see email)
3. Look at “Menu” of how to pick TC Classes and generate a
list of interesting classes (see email)
4. Set up an appointment (face to face or phone appt
available) by calling 252.737.5062,
5. For in-person appointments, please report to Old
Cafeteria Advising waiting area (2500 Old Cafeteria

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