Skip to Content (Press Enter)

Specialize Your Bachelor’s Degree To Fit Your Interests

The University Studies degree let’s you study multiple subjects tailored to your interests and career goals. If you have multiple interests and don’t want to pick just one major, or if you know that you need specific, diversified skills for your career, then a University Studies degree may be right for you. It lets you design your own bachelor’s degree.

University Studies gives you the flexibility to build off of your existing educational experience. You need 60 or more completed or in progress college credits to be eligible for a degree in University Studies and must fill out the BUS application.


Earn A Degree To Prepare For A Variety Roles

University Studies allows you to study the subject matter that will be most useful in your chosen career path. The flexibility in focus options means that a vast number of different career paths are possible. Some possible careers are:

  • Education
  • Museums or cultural institution work
  • Program administration
  • Writing editing

Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2017-2018 academic year.

University Studies

Campus Locations

globe This program is available Online
Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
BUS
120 units
Maximum Transfer Units
64
120
Additional Admission Requirements - Additional Application

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 36 units of major requirements, comprised of 2 minors.
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Mathematics Required MAT 114
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
University Honors Program Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required

Mission Statement

The mission of the B.U.S. degree program is to promote student success toward graduation and individual career goals through a flexible degree plan.

Purpose Statement

The Bachelor of University Studies (B.U.S.) degree program is designed for students interested in earning a degree that can integrate varied interests and specific career goals. Students synthesize the skills and objectives from their liberal studies and diversity requirements with two declared minors. Students also have the option of developing an individualized minor

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the B.U.S. degree, students will:
 
Develop skills in conducting interdisciplinary research

  • Select and define a problem, challenge, research question or project spanning multiple disciplines
  • Critically analyze the disciplinary insights into the problem, identify potential sources of conflict, and integrate relevant works to produce more comprehensive understanding of the problem studied
  • Use interdisciplinary processes to increase their understanding of the problem
Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of a problem, challenge or research question or project through an interdisciplinary approach
  • Design the project by assembling, arranging and reformulating ideas, concepts, designs and techniques
Demonstrate perspective-taking through written and oral communication
  • Evaluate rhetorical situations and produce writing, research, and presentations according to discipline-specific and stakeholder-specific needs
  • Use professional voice, tone, evidence, illustrations, and media
  • Adjust to conventions of usage, specialized vocabulary, format, and documentation used within selected fields of study
  • Understand the interactions between reading, critical thinking, writing and public presentation in their selected fields of study
  • Review work-in-progress, understanding the need for continuous revisions that focus on polishing grammar, syntax, and punctuation
  • Communicate effectively to general and specialized audiences through well-structured oral presentations that contain a clear central message and make appropriate reference to information or analysis that significantly supports the presentation
  • Use digital tools for revising, editing, designing, sharing drafted works, and in disseminating final products
  • Employ appropriate citations in their work
Demonstrate structural knowledge through analytic reasoning and critical thinking
  • Identify a creative, focused, and manageable topic that addresses potentially significant yet previously less-explored aspects of their selected fields of study
  • Synthesize inter-disciplinary theoretical frameworks are synthesized from across selected fields of study, Liberal Studies and Diversity areas
  • Organize and integrate evidence to reveal insightful patterns, differences, or similarities
  • Make judgments and draw appropriate conclusions based on the analysis of evidence, while recognizing the limits of this analysis
  • Use analysis as the basis for deep and thoughtful judgments, drawing insightful, qualified conclusions from the evidence
  • State a conclusion that is a logical extrapolation from the inquiry findings
  • Discuss, in detail, relevant and supported limitations and implications
Demonstrate skills in conducting and applying interdisciplinary research in a real world setting by:
  • Conducting a literature review using an interdisciplinary theoretical framework, identifying the disciplines relevant to the problem or research question, then reducing these sources to include only the most relevant
Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of a problem, challenge or research question through an interdisciplinary approach
  • Incorporate knowledge of human cultures, diversity, and global issues to intra/interpersonal situations
  • Incorporate knowledge of the physical/natural world and scientific literacy in appropriate contexts and to situations involving the interaction of any environment
  • Prepare and present a project, paper, exhibit, performance or other appropriate mediums
  • Complete an analytic narrative of the effects of learning within and outside of the classroom on the research or practical skills employed in executing the project

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • To be admitted into a BUS plan, you must have at least 60 units of college level coursework successfully completed or in progress. Advising, along with the BUS application to the program is housed in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and is subject to approval of the BUS Faculty Steering Committee. This degree is not eligible as a dual, second, or post-baccalaureate degree. 
Major Requirements
  • Take at least 36 units from:

    • The successful completion of two minors, one of which can be the BUS Individualized Minor if approved by the Steering Committee. 
    • A junior level writing course from a discipline or ENG 302W or ENG 305W (3 units)
    • University Studies Capstone including (3 units):
      • BUS 449C Capstone Proposal, with a grade of C or better (1 unit)
      • BUS 450C Capstone Project, with a grade of C or better (2 units)
  • The option of an BUS individualized minor is available only for students admitted into the BUS plan.

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
Start Your Future Today Fill out this form to receive more information.