• Online courses
    are accessible

    in a variety of circumstances
  • Students who have prior credits can complete their degrees
  • At MTSU, advisors help students reach the goal of graduation
  • Scheduling flexibility
    allows students to pursue their interests

Integrated Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies degree, which replaced the Bachelor of University Studies degree in Fall 2014, is an excellent option for students seeking a broad-based educational experience. This program offers flexible course scheduling including online classes and particularly may help students with prior credits to complete their degree. Students who have accumulated a variety of course credits that are not easily applied to a particular degree program often find that they can be used in this program, allowing them to graduate earlier at reduced costs.  Academic credit might also be available for previous military experience or certifications. The degree is interdisciplinary and not intended for training for one vocation. However, some pre-planned areas of emphasis are offered (Communication Studies, Health and Human Performance, Leadership Studies), or students may design their own with an advisor's approval.

Counselor found calling through broad degree program

Julius Defour ('06) shares his experiences with the Bachelor of University Studies degree with undecided students as a counselor for Spokane Falls (Wash.) Community College. Defour, All-Academic conference high jumper at MTSU, transferred in with credits from another college as a junior without a declared major. "I didn't know what I wanted to study. I knew what I wanted to dabble in," he said. University Studies allowed him to essentially have three minors instead of a major, and he studied history, mass communication, and behavioral sciences. He discovered quickly a career in recording industry wasn't for him, but "through my dabbling I learned that I really like education." After MTSU, he got a teaching fellowship through Americorps and earned a master's in education.

Degree set up grad studies in multiple disciplines

Tim Oneal (Bachelor of University Studies, 2002) is writing his doctoral dissertation in educational leadership at the University of North Dakota. The B.Unv.S. has allowed him to pursue multiple disciplines in grad school. While waiting to apply for law school, Oneal realized he had enough credits to pursue his master's in Criminal Justice Administration ('05, MTSU/TSU). He then completed an Educational Specialist degree ('06, MTSU) after his thesis compared spending for incarceration and higher education. "When it came to grad school, I found that I wasn't held into one specific discipline," Oneal said. "The University Studies degree allowed the diversity to get enough courses for prerequisites that I could tailor my graduate studies."

Career possibilities are almost endless with the Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies. Here are some potential occupational pathways, which include some positions held by MTSU graduates with this degree:

  • Aircraft quality engineer
  • Analyst for Homeland Security
  • Bank vice president
  • Child protective services investigator
  • Contract specialist
  • Corporate trainer
  • Customer service specialist
  • High school achievement gap intervention specialist
  • High school teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Lead patient service representative
  • Manager
  • Marketing manager
  • National Guard helicopter pilot
  • Newspaper sports editor
  • Nuclear safety engineer
  • Sales representative
  • Social services worker
  • Software quality engineer
  • Support staffer 

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • American Red Cross
  • Boeing Corp.
  • Caterpillar
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Federal Express
  • GMAC Mortgage
  • LifeWay Christian Resources
  • Makita USA
  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • National Park Service / U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Pinnacle Bank
  • Princeton Review
  • State Farm Insurance Co.
  • Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command
  • United Parcel Service
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Williamson County Board of Education

The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies (B.S.) is an interdisciplinary degree offered through MTSU's University College. Students may choose from several pre-planned Areas of Emphasis through partnership with other university departments or design their own in consultation with an advisor.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Required courses for every student, to help transition from academic to professional environment courses, are Leadership Theories and Practice, Senior Career Development Seminar; and Senior Capstone (PRST 4010).

Students choosing this degree option may also select a minor and/or other course work to support their area of emphasis. The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies has several areas of emphasis.

The University College also offers a Bachelor of Science inLiberal Studies with a concentration in Applied Leadership, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with concentrations in Healthcare Administration, Information Technology, Organizational Leadership, and International Organizational Leadership.

Integrated Studies, B.S.

University Studies 
615-898-2568
Dianna Rust, program coordinator
Dianna.Rust@mtsu.edu

The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies degree program is for the person who wishes to pursue a broad-based educational experience rather than a program designed to meet specific vocational or professional job opportunities. This program offers flexible course scheduling and may be particularly appropriate for students with prior credits that can be applied to a four-year degree. The degree is offered by the University Studies department within the University College.

Additional information about the Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies can be obtained from the University Studies Department or at mtsu.edu/programs/integrated-studies/.

Academic Map

Integrated Studies, B.S., Academic Map 

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Major Requirements (31 hours)

  • PRST 3030 - Senior Career Development Seminar  1 credit hour credit hours  

    PRST 3030 - Senior Career Development Seminar

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisites: LEAD 3010 and junior or senior standing. Requires writing for the employment acquisition process including resumes, cover letters, business letters, and employment philosophy statements. Emphasis placed on effective written and verbal communications and media presentations. Explores the career acquisition and development process. Includes networking, effective listening, and business etiquette.

  • PRST 4010 - Senior Capstone  3 credit hours  

    PRST 4010 - Senior Capstone

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: LEAD 3010, PRST 3030, and senior standing. Coalesces the knowledge and skill sets developed in LEAD 3010, and PRST 3030 with the student's academic content areas of emphasis. Culminates in the creation of a capstone reflective electronic portfolio that demonstrates competencies and skills gained throughout the academic program of study.

  • Area of Emphasis electives 24 credit hours

Area of Support or Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives (30-33 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

Curriculum: Integrated Studies

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • Soc/Beh Sci 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Area of emphasis 3 credit hours

 

  • UNIV 1010 - University Seminar  3 credit hours  OR

    UNIV 1010 - University Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Provides information to ease the transition to college during the first semester on campus. Helps student develop strategies for a successful college career.

  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Sophomore

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Area of emphasis 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Area of support 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

 

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 hours

Junior

  • PRST 3030 - Senior Career Development Seminar  1 credit hour credit hours  

    PRST 3030 - Senior Career Development Seminar

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisites: LEAD 3010 and junior or senior standing. Requires writing for the employment acquisition process including resumes, cover letters, business letters, and employment philosophy statements. Emphasis placed on effective written and verbal communications and media presentations. Explores the career acquisition and development process. Includes networking, effective listening, and business etiquette.

  • Area of emphasis 6 credit hours
  • Area of emphasis (UD) 6 credit hours
  • Area of support 6 credit hours
  • Upper-division electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 28 Hours

Senior

  • PRST 4010 - Senior Capstone  3 credit hours  

    PRST 4010 - Senior Capstone

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: LEAD 3010, PRST 3030, and senior standing. Coalesces the knowledge and skill sets developed in LEAD 3010, and PRST 3030 with the student's academic content areas of emphasis. Culminates in the creation of a capstone reflective electronic portfolio that demonstrates competencies and skills gained throughout the academic program of study.

  • Area of emphasis (UD) 6 credit hours
  • Area of support (UD) 9 credit hours
  • Electives (UD) 9 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the degree programs offered by University College, faculty are drawn from every discipline offered at MTSU. This benefit allows University College students to gain from the expertise of all MTSU faculty and to have greater latitude in selecting their specific areas of interest.

The multidisciplinary nature of this degree program allows students, in consultation with their academic advisors, to choose courses from a variety of disciplines to fit their individualized academic plans. Click on the REQUIREMENTS tab to see a framework for planning and course selection to meet degree requirements; however, the academic map does not replace working with an academic advisor.

Contact and Student Information

Betty Rinaudo
betty.rinaudo@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-7714

Jay Reilly (A-D)
Jay.Reilly@mtsu.edu
615-898-3593

Megan Russell (E-J)
Megan.Russell@mtsu.edu
615-898-5200

Lauren Solina (K-Q)
Lauren.Solina@mtsu.edu
615-898-5230

Byron Lightsy (R-Z)
Byron.Lightsy@mtsu.edu
615-904-8398

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