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Office of General Studies
The University of Mississippi

Bachelor of University Studies

About B.U.S.  |  Eligibility  |  Degree Requirements  |  Emphasis Areas

Interdisciplinary Courses  |  Special Grade Provision  |  Career Prep


Program Description

Did you start college a while ago, earn a lot of credit hours but had to stop out before completing your degree? Has completing your original degree been an unattainable goal because the courses you need aren’t available online and you can’t attend in-person classes due to your job or where you live?

Our Bachelor of University Studies program might be the solution for you to complete a general bachelor’s degree.  For students who meet the eligibility requirements, this degree maximizes the way we can use all of the previous courses you’ve taken into our very flexible general education core curriculum as well as one, two or three emphasis areas.  Half of the degree consists of elective courses, which is another way we can use a lot of those courses you have taken in the past that might not fit into a major, a minor, or an emphasis.

Are you eligible to enroll in the Bachelor of University Studies degree program?

Eligibility requirements to enroll in the B.U.S. degree program are as follows:

  1. Must be admissible or re-admissible to the university
  2. Cannot have attended any college or university for the past 24 consecutive months
  3. Cannot already hold a bachelor’s degree
  4. Must have completed a minimum of 90 degree-applicable credit hours (no more than 60 can be used from a 2-year college; repeated courses only count once)

Exceptions for students who do not meet requirement #2 above:

  • Student has not been out of school for two years but earned 90 degree-applicable hours by the end of 2017 (no more than 60 can be used from a 2-year college; repeated courses only count once)
  • Student has not been out of school for two years but earned 90 degree-applicable hours 2 years ago ((no more than 60 can be used from a 2-year college; repeated courses only count once). Important note: Students who meet this exception may enroll in the Bachelor of University Studies degree program but are not eligible for the special grade provision (removal of all prior F’s from the GPA).  {Link red text to new page for “special grade provision.”}

If you believe that you meet these requirements and would like to learn more about this degree program, please contact the Office of General Studies at generalstudies@olemiss.edu or 662-915-3787.

Degree Requirements

  1. Complete 30-hour general education core curriculum
    • 6 hours English Composition (I and II)
    • 3 hours Math (Quantitative Reasoning, College Algebra, Statistics or more advanced)
    • 6 hours Humanities
    • 6 hours Social/Behavioral Sciences
    • 3 hours  Fine Arts
    • 6 hours Science
  2. Complete 1 to 3 emphasis areas from the following:
    • Business
    • Creative Arts
    • Health & Human Services
    • Social Sciences
    • Humanities
    • Education
    • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
    • Option 1. Complete minimum of 30 hours in one emphasis area with a minimum of 18 of those hours being taken at the 300 level or higher—Emphasis will be listed on transcript.
    • Option 2. Complete minimum of 15 credit hours in two emphasis areas with a minimum of 9 of those hours in each emphasis being taken at the 300 level or higher—2 areas of emphasis will be listed on transcript.
    • Option 3. Complete minimum of 10 credit hours in three of the emphasis areas with a minimum of 6 of those hours in each emphasis being taken at the 300 level or higher—no emphasis is listed on the transcript.
  3. Complete elective credit hours to bring total earned degree applicable hours to 120. 
  4. Additional degree requirements
    • A minimum of 30 credit hours for the degree must be taken from The University of Mississippi.
    • A minimum of 30 credit hours across the curriculum must be at the 300 level or higher.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in residence (just in courses taken through UM) as well as overall (UM course work in addition to transfer work).
    • Courses can only satisfy one requirement (i.e., the same course cannot be used toward both an emphasis area and the core curriculum or toward more than one emphasis area).

University Studies Emphasis Areas

Business Creative Arts Health & Human Services
ACCY BUS ECON ENT FIN GB MANF Math 267, 268, 269, 271, 272 MGMT MKTG MIS NHM 215, 310, 312, 314, 360, 363, 371, 373 LA (202, 310, 401, 403, 404, 405, 410) SRA (270, 311, 330, 370, 380) IMC (304, 306, 404) ART AH ENG (creative writing courses—300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405) MUS (includes all prefixes) THEA DANC JOUR IMC CJ COUN LA ES HP NHM SW SRA (Exclude: 270, 311, 330, 370) CSD
Social Sciences Humanities STEM
AAS 351(and any AAS courses cross-listed with social science prefixes)* ANTH AS INST ISS LDRS MSL NSC POL PSY SOC PPL GEOG ECON AAS (201, 202, 350, 352, and any AAS course that is not cross-listed as a social science)* CINE CLC DMS 101 ENG (Exclude: creative writing courses—300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405 ENVS 101) G ST (those that are not cross-listed as social science)* HON HST LING MLLL PHIL REL SOHE 329 SPCH S ST (101, 102, 401, 402, and any others that are not cross-listed with social science)* Modern/Ancient Languages (includes ASL, LAT, GR) TESL WRIT (exclude 100, 101, and 102) ASTR BISC CHEM CSCI (Excluding: 103, 191, 192, 193) GEOL PHYS ENGR (and any course codes that come under ENGR)—C E, Ch E, EL E, ENGS, G E, M E, TC, BME MATH (not math 245, 246 or 390) MANF NEU TC Any courses with pharmacy prefixes
Education  
ARED COUN EDAE EDCI EDHE 301 & 333 EDLD EDLE EDLS EDRS EDSP TESL EDEC EDDE EDFD EDEL EDUC EDWP EDAV EDRD (excluding EDRD 100) MATH 245, 246 & 390 MUS 311, 329, 371, 376 & 422

Interdisciplinary Courses

(African American Studies, Gender Studies and Southern Studies): How they count toward the Bachelor of University Studies degree.

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES COURSES
Social Science Humanities
AAS 302 AAS 308/POL 308 AAS 315/POL 323 AAS 316/ANTH 315 AAS 320/POL 320 AAS 328/SOC 328/GST 328 AAS 330/SOC 330/REL 330 AAS 337/ANTH 337 AAS 351 stand-alone AAS 413/SOC 413 AAS 414/SOC 414 AAS 201 stand-alone AAS 202 stand-alone AAS 170/HST 170 AAS 310 AAS 325/HST 414 AAS 326/HST 415 AAS 334/SST 334/SOC 334 AAS 341/ENG 361 AAS 342/ENG 362 AAS 350 stand-alone AAS 352 stand-alone AAS 362/GST 418/HST 418 AAS 363/ENG 363 AAS 364/ENG 364 AAS 366/ENG 366 AAS 367/ENG 367 AAS 373/ENG 373 AAS 374/ENG 374 AAS 375/ENG 375 AAS 392/HST 370 AAS 393/HST 371 AAS 412 AAS 414/GST 414/SST 314 AAS 421/GST 421 AAS 438/HST 422 AAS 440/HST 420 AAS 442 AAS 443/HST 424 AAS 468/ENG 468 AAS 469/ENG 469 AAS 473/ENG 473 AAS 479/ENG 479 AAS 481/ENG 481 AAS 483/ENG 483 AAS 493/ENG 493 AAS 509/HST 509 AAS 593
Creative Arts Case-by-case per College of Liberal Arts
AAS 386/AH 386 AAS 395/AH 369 AAS 517/MUS 517 AAS 518/MUS 518 AAS 360: Topics in African Amer. Studies Abroad AAS 480: African American Studies Senior Seminar AAS 498: AAS Directed Study AAS 501: African American Studies Seminar AAS 504: Research in African American Studies
GENDER STUDIES COURSES
Social Science Humanities
G ST 303/SOC 301 G ST 324/SOC 324 G ST 325/SOC 325 G ST 327/SOC 327 G ST 328/SOC 328/AAS 328 G ST 344/POL 346 G ST 363/INST 363 G ST 414/SOC 414/AAS 414/SST 314 G ST 425/SOC 425 G ST 433/SOC 433 G ST 460/PSY 460 G ST 565/PSY 565 G ST 103/CLC 103 G ST 201 G ST 202 G ST 301 G ST 304 G ST 311/REL 311 G ST 326/REL 326 G ST 333 G ST 337/S ST 350 G ST 349/HST 349 G ST 350 G ST 352/MLLL 352 G ST 353 G ST 356 G ST 357/ENG 357 G ST 366/REL 366 G ST 368/REL 368 G ST 382/ENG 382 G ST 383/ENG 383 G ST 384/ENG 384 G ST 385/ENG 385 G ST 386/ENG 386 G ST 390/PHIL 390 G ST 391 G ST 418/AAS 362/HST 418 G ST 421/AAS 421 G ST 428/HST 428 G ST 429/HST 429 G ST 438/LING 538/TESL 538 G ST 454/HST 454/S ST 303 G ST 482/ENG 482 G ST 488/ENG 488 G ST 489/ENG 489/MLLL 489 G ST 490/ENG 490 G ST 491/ENG 491
Creative Arts Case-by-case per College of Liberal Arts
G ST 329/THEA 329 G ST 395: Topics in Gender Studies on Location G ST 399: Special Topics in Gender Studies G ST 402: Advanced Queer Studies G ST 496: Gender Studies Capstone G ST 497: Internship in Gender Studies G ST 498: Special Topics in Gender Studies G ST 499: Directed Readings in Gender Studies G ST 599: Directed Readings in Gender Studies
SOUTHERN STUDIES COURSES
Social Science Humanities
S ST 314/SOC 414/GST 414/AAS 414 S ST 101 S ST 102 S ST 301 S ST 303/GST 454/HST 454 S ST 350/G ST 337 S ST 401 S ST 402 S ST 406-599

Special grade provision

Students admitted to the Bachelor of University Studies degree program will have all previous F’s (transfer as well as in residence) removed from their GPA calculation. These courses will still, however, be counted as attempted hours for financial aid purposes. If the student changes to any other degree program within the university, the resident and overall GPA’s will be re-calculated to include all F’s that were excluded for the Bachelor of University Studies degree program.

Once admitted to the Bachelor of University Studies degree program, a student may employ the university’s grade forgiveness policy for courses taken AFTER enrollment in the B.U.S. degree program.

Important note:  Students admitted to the B.U.S. degree program who have been enrolled in an institution of higher education within the last 24 months and who did not earn 90 degree-applicable hours by the end of 2017 are not eligible for this special grade provision.