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University Studies, B.A.

Requirements

The BA/BS is designed to meet the academic and professional objectives of learners whose needs are not addressed through existing degree programs. The degree assists learners in developing essential skills valued by employers and graduate schools (e.g., applied learning, critical thinking, written and oral communication, teamwork, ethical reasoning, and global understanding) within the framework of a larger discipline. Learners will complete a structured yet customized set of upper division courses under the guidance of an advisor and faculty mentor to ensure that standards for academic rigor at the Bachelor level are achieved. Candidates for the degree will focus on intellectual skills and integrative knowledge by enrolling in courses in a general disciplinary area with intentionally-selected, specialized knowledge courses that contribute to an integrated whole, and by completing a capstone experience that further prepares them for their chosen professions or graduate school admission. Under the direction of a faculty member, students will complete a capstone course or an internship which will involve reflection and a synthesis of learning to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes for the degree.

Total Program Credits: 120

Matriculation Requirements:  
  1. An approved Plan of Study that focuses on the achievement of clearly defined personal, career, or professional goals, as part of the application process for the major.
  2. Minimum 2.0 grade point average.
  3. Completed 60 or more semester credit hours.
General Education Requirements: 36 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences (3.0)  
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 3
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0)  
  MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following: 3
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values (3.0)  
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities Distribution (Fulfilled with Foreign Language 202G/2020 course) 4
  Fine Arts 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 32 Credits
Completion of the area of focus within the Plan of Study that was created during the matriculation process. At least 12 of these 30 credits must be upper-division, including at least one of the following: * 30
  COMM 3000 Media Ethics (3.0) (Cross-listed with PHIL 3010)  
  ENGL 3300 Collaborative Communication for Technology Professions (3.0)  
  HUM 3060 Visual Rhetoric (3.0) (Cross-listed with ENGL 3060)  
  HUM 3500 Approaches to Humanities (3.0)  
  MGMT 3000 Organizational Behavior (3.0)  
  PHIL 3000 Formal Logic II (3.0)  
  PHIL 3400 Philosophy of Science (3.0)  
Complete two credits from the following: 2
  UVST 481R Internship (1.0)  
  UVST 4930 Capstone (2.0)  
Elective Requirements: 52 Credits
  Complete any 1000-level or higher course 40
  One Foreign Language (Foreign Language 202G/2020 course fulfills Humanities Distribution) 12

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of 120 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above.
  3. Residency hours: minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. At least 40 credit hours in upper division courses.
  5. Complete 16 credit hours of course work from one language to include the 1010, 1020, 2010 and 202G/2020 levels, or transferred equivalents.
  6. Completion of General Education requirements.
  7. Completion of specific departmental (major) requirements.
  8. Completion of Global/Intercultural Requirement course.
Footnote
* If focus area is with the Woodbury School of Business, only 21-24 credits may be used.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Flexible delivery options (e.g., online, hybrid, live interactive, evening, weekend, education centers) are available for this degree. These vary by semester. Please check the Schedule of Classes for the semester you plan to enroll.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 INTRO TO WRITING 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE DIST. 3
PHYSICAL SCIENCE DIST.   3
LANG 1010 Foreign Language 4
3RD SCIENCE DIST. 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
FINE ARTS DIST.  3
QUANTITATIVE LITERACY QUANTITATIVE REASONING/INTRO TO STATISTICS/COLLEGE ALGEBRA/COLLEGE ALGEBRA FOR BUSINESS 3

ENGL 2010/2020

INTERMEDIATE WRITING 3
LANG 1020  Foreign Language 4
BIOLOGIC SCIENCE DIST.  3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 ETHICS AND VALUES 3
HLTH 1100/PES 1097 PERSONAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS/FITNESS FOR LIFE 2
ELECTIVE  3
LANG 2010  Foreign Language  4
AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
LANG 202G  Fulfills Humanities Distribution 4
COLLEGE SPECIFIC   3
COLLEGE SPECIFIC   3
ELECTIVE   3
ELECTIVE   2
  Semester total: 15
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
ELECTIVE  3
ELECTIVE  3
COLLEGE SPECIFIC  3
COLLEGE SPECIFIC  3
COLLEGE SPECIFIC  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
UD COLLEGE SPECIFIC  3
UD COLLEGE SPECIFIC  3
UD COLLEGE SPECIFIC  3
UD COLLEGE SPECIFIC  3
UD ELECTIVE  2
  Semester total: 14
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
UD ELECTIVE 3
UD ELECTIVE  3
UD ELECTIVE 3
CORE SPECIFIC COURSE 3
UD ELECTIVE   3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
UD ELECTIVE 3
UD ELECTIVE 3
UD ELECTIVE  3
UD ELECTIVE 3
UVST 4930 CAPSTONE 2
  Semester total: 14
  Degree total: 120

Department

Name: University Studies
Location:  LA 210
Telephone: 801-863-6712
Email:

acadcounseling@uvu.edu

Web Address: http://www.uvu.edu/uc/students/degrees_offered_new.html
Dean: Forrest Williams
 
 

Mission Statement

University Studies within University College is students’ connection to success, providing an entry point for individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and supporting them throughout their academic experience.

Vision

Foster learning opportunities and collaborations

Purpose

  • Engage students and faculty in learning, scholarship, and creative endeavors
  • Encourage exploration, curiosity, and self-discovery
  • Challenge with high expectations and new ideas
  • Create and strengthen interdisciplinary learning and partnerships
  • Support an exceptional and diverse community of learners
  • Provide specialized academic experiences
  • Meet individual student needs
  • Facilitate the achievement of educational goals
 
 

University College

University College serves a unique role and mission within Utah Valley University. Based on a national model, the name University College signifies opportunities for student success through curricular and co-curricular offerings, academic services, and innovative programs. University College welcomes students at present levels of achievement and challenges them with higher expectations. The programs and departments of Literacies and Composition, Student Leadership & Success Studies, Developmental Mathematics, English Language Learning, Academic Counseling Center, Academic Standards, Writing Center, Academic Tutoring, Math Lab, and First Year Experience & Student Retention promote interdisciplinary partnerships as students transition into university academics.


  • Administrative Support:
     Beth Winkler
  • Office: LA 210
  • Telephone: 801-863-6712
  • Email: beth.winkler@uvu.edu

  • Associate Dean:
     Talitha Hudgins
  • Office: LA 210e
  • Telephone: 801-863-6963
  • Email: thudgins@uvu.edu


Degrees Offered

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • University Studies, BA
  • University Studies, BS

Programs

University College values student-centered learning and focuses on assisting students exploring the direction of their academic careers, seeking flexibility in degree choices, or undertaking an enhanced college experience.

 
 

Academic Counseling Center

Director: Adam Black

The Academic Counseling Center (ACC) is committed to meeting the career and academic needs of current and future students, faculty, staff, and community members. Our center is an ideal starting point for undecided students, with many working towards their Associate in Science (AS) or Associate in Arts (AA) degree in University Studies, or those pursuing professional programs requiring formal application such as Law and Medical school.

Academic Advising & Counseling

Academic counselors are available to assist students in determining and achieving their educational goals. Counselors are qualified to help students select majors and careers, review prior education, and plan educational programs.

The ACC provides advisement for general education requirements and is the advisement center for those majoring in University Studies. Students are referred to departmental advisors for help in meeting their major requirements. Other services provided include assisting students experiencing academic difficulties and enforcing academic standards.

The ACC also has counselors for students seeking admission into Law School, Medical, Dental, Nursing and many other health occupations.

Referrals are made to help students achieve their educational goals. Some of these include referrals to personnel in the Accessibility Services Center, Student Health Services, Testing Services, University Studies, and to academic departmental advisors.

Career Assessment & Counseling

Our counselors provide a full range of career assessment. These services include:

  • Career interest/personality testing
  • One-on-one career counseling sessions
  • Career workshops
  • Occupational information
  • Use of UtahFutures career and educational software
  • Career resource library
  • Vocational evaluation services
 
 

Faculty

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Careers

Careers:  
The UVST BA/BS is a degree that does not prepare students for a specific career path; rather it situates graduates for a range of future possibilities and may be less vulnerable to changes in market demand than more traditional degrees in that it focuses on intellectual and integrative learning outcomes that serve individuals well in a variety of careers.  Graduates will have a disciplinary focus broader than a single major, but most courses will come from within one of the 8 specific Colleges found at Utah Valley University. This is often beneficial when student interests are varied across a College, or the need for a variety of disciplines would be beneficial to application to professional program such as law or medicine. 
As many employers do not require a specific degree, the skills that are established with the completion of a Bachelor's degree allow for potential employees to become capable and adept in skills such as critical thinking, communication, and problem solving. The UVST BA/BS is designed to provide development of these skill sets plus many others, thus increasing the likelihood of employability in a broad range of in-demand professions in today’s fast-paced, ever changing economy. 
Also, many of the students seeking completion of the BA/BS UVST may be in a career path that they find satisfactory and rewarding. This degree provides the opportunity to complete a Bachelor's degree that may not have previously existed for non-traditional students who do not have the luxury of a traditional class schedule. The UVST BA/BS may facilitate advancement for these students who have progressed as far as possible in their chosen career path without a Bachelor's degree.

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