University Studies (B.A.)

The University Studies (UST) program is multi-disciplinary major designed for students who are curious, gifted, and unwilling to be tied to a single discipline. Guided by direct mentoring by faculty and staff, students will build a program that is suited to their needs and desires. In essence, Universities Studies is a “build-your-own-adventure” degree. Students will have a great deal of electivity to explore the curriculum and even, perhaps, fit in a study abroad experience. All UST students will completed a senior capstone requirement; either a senior thesis, or a year-long internship. As a result, graduates will have a powerful set of tools that will enable them to engage a diverse and intercultural world by combining insights from multiple disciplines to serve as leaders in today’s demanding, interdisciplinary, team-oriented professions.

Bachelor of Arts in University Studies

Freshman

General Education Requirements

Freshman Foundation (15)
WR 121ENGLISH COMPOSITION3
SCI 110INTRODUCTION TO SCIENCE WITH LAB3
or Lab Science
HUM 152HOW THE WEST CAME TO BE3
LDR 198CONCORDIA COMMITMENT1
MTH 110MATH FOR LIFE3
or above (excluding MTH 231)
ESS 260HEALTH AND FITNESS FOR LIFE WITH LAB2
Spiritual Formation (6)
REL 211HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT3
or REL 221 HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
REL 401FAITH FOR LIFE3
Intercultural Experiences (11)
HUM 351CHALLENGES OF GLOBAL DIVERSITY3
REL 371WORLD RELIGIONS2
Foreign Language6
Studies in Arts & Sciences (18)
Natural Science3
Fine Arts3
PSY 201PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY3
WR 30X (upper division Writing course)3
Electives (6) - At least three must be upper division credits outside major6
Total Credits50

Major Requirements (47 credits)

Primary Discipline (27)27
Must be from a recognized B.A. major at Concordia University
Must include 18 upper division credits
Secondary Discipline (15)15
Must be from one recognized CU major or minor
Must include 9 upper division credits
Senior Capstone (5)5
UST 492SENIOR THESIS PREPARATION1
UST 493UNIVERSITY STUDIES THESIS I: LITERATURE REVIEW AND PROJECT DESIGN2
UST 494UNIVERSITY STUDIES THESIS II: RESEARCH, WRITING, AND DEFENSE2
or
UST 482INTERNSHIP PREPARATION1
UST 483INTERNSHIP I2
UST 484INTERNSHIP II2
Total Credits47

Elective Requirements

A minimum of 124 semester hours are required to graduate. Enough Elective hours must be taken to meet this requirement.

Note:

HUM 351 and REL 401 are courses that must be completed at CU.

Students should be aware of the prerequisite courses needed for their major courses. In many cases these prerequisites should be taken to satisfy the General Education requirements, especially in the Math and Science areas.

Bachelor of Arts in University Studies

Transfer Student

General Education Requirements 

Transfer Foundation (14)
WR 121ENGLISH COMPOSITION3
Humanities3
Ex: Lit, World History, Music History
Physical Education 2
MTH 110MATH FOR LIFE3
or above (excluding MTH 231)
SCI 110INTRODUCTION TO SCIENCE WITH LAB3
or Lab Science
Spiritual Formation (6)
REL 211HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT3
or REL 221 HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
REL 401FAITH FOR LIFE3
Intercultural Experiences (11)
HUM 351CHALLENGES OF GLOBAL DIVERSITY3
REL 371WORLD RELIGIONS2
Foreign Language6
Studies in Arts & Sciences (18)
Natural Science3
Fine Arts3
WR 30X (upper division Writing course)3
Social Science3
Electives (6) - At least three must be upper division credits outside major6
Total Credits49

Major Requirements (47 credits)

Primary Discipline (27)27
Must be from a recognized B.A. major at Concordia University
Must include 18 upper division credits
Secondary Discipline (15)15
Must be from one recognized CU major or minor
Must include 9 upper division credits
Senior Capstone (5)5
UST 492SENIOR THESIS PREPARATION1
UST 493UNIVERSITY STUDIES THESIS I: LITERATURE REVIEW AND PROJECT DESIGN2
UST 494UNIVERSITY STUDIES THESIS II: RESEARCH, WRITING, AND DEFENSE2
or
UST 482INTERNSHIP PREPARATION1
UST 483INTERNSHIP I2
UST 484INTERNSHIP II2
Total Credits47

Elective Requirements

A minimum of 124 semester hours are required to graduate. Enough Elective hours must be taken to meet this requirement.

Note:

HUM 351 and REL 401 are courses that must be completed at CU.

Students should be aware of the prerequisite courses needed for their major courses. In many cases these prerequisites should be taken to satisfy the General Education requirements, especially in the Math and Science areas.

UST 482      INTERNSHIP PREPARATION      Credit: 1

Prepares students to undertake an internship related to the student's major so that they may better evaluate and comprehend the specific career choice they are considering and to gain valuable experiences that ensure they are career-ready.

UST 483      INTERNSHIP I      Credits: 2

Provides students with real-world experiences in fields related to their chosen or contemplated professions and provides valuable experiences that ensure that students are career-ready.
Prerequisites: UST 482 with a C or higher.

UST 484      INTERNSHIP II      Credits: 2

Provides students with real-world experiences in fields related to their chosen or contemplated professions and provides valuable experiences that ensure that students are career-ready.
Prerequisites: UST 482 with a C or higher.

UST 492      SENIOR THESIS PREPARATION      Credit: 1

This course is required for students planning to complete a senior thesis. The product of this course will be a thesis proposal.
Prerequisites: Upper division standing as a University Studies major and Division Chair approval.

UST 493      UNIVERSITY STUDIES THESIS I: LITERATURE REVIEW AND PROJECT DESIGN      Credits: 2

The first of two courses required to complete the thesis option of the Senior Project for graduation from any major in the College of Arts & Sciences. Thesis students are guided through the initial components of the thesis, including literature review and experimental or project design, obtain approval from Concordia's Institutional Review Board (IRB) to proceed with the proposed research or project, and begin to implement the research or project.
Prerequisites: UST 492 with a B or higher, upper division standing, and agreement of a faculty member to serve as Faculty Supervisor for thesis project.

UST 494      UNIVERSITY STUDIES THESIS II: RESEARCH, WRITING, AND DEFENSE      Credits: 2

The second of two courses required to complete the thesis option of the Senior Project for graduation from any major in the College of Arts & Sciences. Thesis students are guided through the final components of the thesis, including the research or project itself, data gathering and analysis, and writing and defense of the thesis. The defense of the thesis will be a public event open to faculty, staff, students, and community members.
Prerequisites: UST 493 with a C or higher.