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The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies degree (recently consolidated with the BS in Liberal Studies) is an interdisciplinary degree program with instruction offered on the MTSU campus as well as online. This degree is extremely flexible and is an excellent option for students seeking a broad-based educational experience or wanting to custom-design a degree program. Those seeking this accelerated path to graduation choose two areas of emphasis (12 hours each) to meet personal and professional goals. Sample study subjects include child and family studies, communication studies, criminal justice, cultural studies, English or writing, health, human sciences, information technology, journalism or public relations, leadership studies, nutrition, office management, political science, psychology, sociology, teaching and learning, and women’s studies. Some pre-planned areas of emphasis are offered in Communication Studies, Health and Human Performance, and Leadership Studies (click Degrees tab for more information). 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. Elective course requirements for adult learners are often fulfilled through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, which evaluates college-level learning you may have gained through work, training, certifications, licensure, military, and other programs. Details about the program should be discussed with your advisor.


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Suzanne French sitting at desk

Going back for degree increased earning power

Suzanne French took online courses to finish her college degree after her children grew up, transferring two years of credit from Colorado State. She said her earning power increased after completing the Liberal Studies degree in August 2012 (English and foreign language areas of emphasis). “I believe having it on my resume that I’m a college graduate has made all the difference,” French says. “In the past, people kind of second-guessed whether I was capable. As soon as they saw the degree, nobody questioned whether I was capable or not.” After working as an academic adviser at Bethel University in Nashville, she moved to Mission Health in Dickson for a shorter commute. She says she just gave up TV for two years to get her degree. “It’s never too late to go back and finish something you started a long time ago,” French says.

Tim Oneal

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."


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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. One concentration in Applied Leadership is also available.

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

Required courses for every student in the Integrated Studies program are Senior Career Development Seminar PRST 3030; Interdisciplinary Research and Problem Solving PRST 3995; and Culminating Project PRST 4995. Students pursuing the Applied Leadership concentration have different course requirements (see Requirements tab).

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 that are preplanned and students may design their own in consultation with an advisor.

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

Integrated Studies, B.S.

Integrated Studies, B.S.

University Studies 
615-494-7714
Dianna Rust, program coordinator
Dianna.Rust@mtsu.edu

The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies degree is an interdisciplinary degree program with instruction offered on the MTSU campus as well as online. This degree is extremely flexible and is an excellent option for students seeking a broad-based educational experience or wanting to custom-design a degree program. Those seeking this accelerated path to graduation choose two areas of emphasis (12 hours each) to meet personal and professional goals. Sample study subjects include child and family studies, communication studies, criminal justice, cultural studies, English or writing, health, human sciences, information technology, journalism or public relations, leadership studies, nutrition, office management, political science, psychology, sociology, teaching and learning, and women's studies.

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. Elective course requirements for adult learners are often fulfilled through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, which evaluates college-level learning gained through work, training, certifications, licensure, military, and other programs. Details about the program should be discussed with student's advisor.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

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)

  • First area of emphasis 12 credit hours
  • Second area of emphasis 12 credit hours
  • PRST 3030 - Senior Career Development Seminar

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisite: 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 3995 - Interdisciplinary Research and Problem Solving

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing; B.S. in Integrated Studies and Professional Studies majors only. Offers preparation for the senior capstone (PRST 4995) or practicum (PRST 4997). Explores and applies interdisciplinary research theory and processes. Emphasis on identifying interdisciplinary research problems, determining relevant disciplines, conducting a literature search, evaluating research, properly citing sources in writing, integrating disciplinary insights, and developing research proposal.

  • PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone  3 credit hours  OR 

    PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PRST 3995; senior standing. A capstone course in which students demonstrate skills and knowledge from the program of study. The capstone includes an academic research paper and an ePortfolio which should demonstrate synthesis of a student's coursework.

  • PRST 4997 - Practicum for Integrated and Professional Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PRST 3995; junior or senior level. Provides students with practical work experience in their areas of study. (A minimum of 90 hours is required.) Students will also research a problem and create an ePortfolio as a synthesis of their program of study. Application for the practicum must be made and approved the preceding semester.

Area of Support/Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives

  • To make 120 hours
  • UNIV 1010 recommended 3 credit hours
  • General electives 27-30 credit hours (discuss with advisor)

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  (Comm) 

    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. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours (UNIV 1010 for freshmen or UNIV 2020 for transfer students recommended)
  • Area of emphasis 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.

 

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. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • 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. TBR Common Course: 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. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

 

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Area of emphasis 3 credit hours
  • Area of support/minor 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Junior

  • PRST 3030 - Senior Career Development Seminar

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisite: 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 3995 - Interdisciplinary Research and Problem Solving

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing; B.S. in Integrated Studies and Professional Studies majors only. Offers preparation for the senior capstone (PRST 4995) or practicum (PRST 4997). Explores and applies interdisciplinary research theory and processes. Emphasis on identifying interdisciplinary research problems, determining relevant disciplines, conducting a literature search, evaluating research, properly citing sources in writing, integrating disciplinary insights, and developing research proposal.

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

Subtotal: 28 Hours

Senior

  • Area of emphasis (UD) 6 credit hours
  • Area of support/minor 9 credit hours
  • Upper-division electives 9 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

 

  • PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone  3 credit hours  OR 

    PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PRST 3995; senior standing. A capstone course in which students demonstrate skills and knowledge from the program of study. The capstone includes an academic research paper and an ePortfolio which should demonstrate synthesis of a student's coursework.

  • PRST 4997 - Practicum for Integrated and Professional Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PRST 3995; junior or senior level. Provides students with practical work experience in their areas of study. (A minimum of 90 hours is required.) Students will also research a problem and create an ePortfolio as a synthesis of their program of study. Application for the practicum must be made and approved the preceding semester.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Applied Leadership, B.S.

 

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 Information

Janet Bogle
adcp@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5236

Who is My Advisor?

Rodney Robbins (Applied Leadership)
Rodney.Robbins@mtsu.edu
615-898-5060

Jay Reilly (All Veterans and dependents and A-B for Integrated Studies and Professional Studies)
Jay.Reilly@mtsu.edu
615-898-3593

Megan Russell (C-G for Integrated Studies and Professional Studies)
Megan.Russell@mtsu.edu
615-898-5200

Lauren Solina (H-O for Integrated Studies and Professional Studies)
Lauren.Solina@mtsu.edu
615-898-5230

Byron Lightsy (P-Z for Integrated Studies and Professional Studies)
Byron.Lightsy@mtsu.edu
615-904-8398

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