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University Studies Degree

 

Bachelor of Arts in University Studies

Dr. Eric Romero, Director

505-454-3009

E-mail: ericromero@nmhu.edu


Major in University Studies (BA)

The Bachelor of University Studies Program is designed for students who choose to complete a course of study without having declared specifics major or minor. Students can design programs of study in alignment with particular career skills, areas of personal interest or creative compositions of content knowledge. This interdisciplinary and integrated design for study equips students with a variety of learning opportunities and develops a range of transferable skills applicable to all disciplines and to the work force.

A Track 1 Plan begins with UNST 200 course that describes the program and develops an understanding of Student Learning Outcomes (SLO). Students will then determine a personal Plan of Study that identifies 45 credit hours completion: They may choose 30 Credit hours in one specific theme area and 15 credit hours in three separate themes. Student may also choose a three (3) thematic area specialization of 15 credit hours in three separate themes. Students will meet with academic advisor to design a personal Plan of Study (POS) to be submitted to the Registrar’s office. This Track 1 Option will be attractive and viable for entry-level students that have not determined a particular Major/Minor plan of study. The UNST 400 Capstone course will finalize student’s specialization in their thematic areas of choice. The Capstone will emphasize a pragmatic service-learning or civic engagement projected that intends to align student learning with actual areas of employment, service and personal growth.

A Track II Plan allows transfer students to similarly design a Plan of Study that emphasizes the five University Studies Outcomes Objectives. Transfer students will begin their planning with a UNST 300 level University Studies course that sets the foundations for engaged learning and degree planning. Track II students will also have the options of 30 Credit hours in one specific theme area and 15 credit hours in a second theme area or may choose three (3) thematic area specialization of 15 credit hours in three separate themes. Many transfer students have already developed thematic specialization that can be considered as part of the 45 credit hours content areas. This option would be viable to NMHU Center students that have limited selection of onsite and online course availability.

In addition to the concentration and/ or emphasis area course requirements, all other university requirements for a bachelor’s degree must be met. The minimum total credit hours required for graduation is 120. Forty-Five of the 120 credits hours must be upper-division credit hours (300-400). The final year must be completed as a Highlands student with a declared BUS Plan of Study form completed and approved by the BUS Coordinator. An overall GPA of a 2.0 is required for graduation.

Highlands student with a declared BUS form completed and approved by the BUS Coordinator.  An overall GPA of a 2.0 is required for graduation.


Track I

UNST 200 Introduction to University Studies (3)

Thematic Area 1 (30)

Thematic Area 2 (15)

UNST 400 Capstone

OR

UNST 200 Introduction to University Studies (3)

Thematic Area 1 (15)

Thematic Area 2 (15

Thematic Area 3 (15)

UNST 400 University Studies Capstone (3)

Major Total: 51 Credit hours

Proficiency Total: 6 credit hours

Core total: 45 credit hours

Extended core: 5 credit hours

Electives to 120: 5 credit hours*

Total for degree: 120 credit hours

*A minor is not required. Additional credit hours may be required to meet the 120-credit degree requirement of proficiency or the required courses are waived for content only. The English and math proficiency courses do not count towards the university’s 120-unit degree. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.


Track II

UNST 300 University Studies Program Planning (3)

Thematic Area 1 (30 credit hours)

Thematic Area 2 (15 credit hours)

UNST 400 University Studies Capstone (3)

OR

UNST 300 University Studies Program Planning (3)

Thematic Area 1 (15)

Thematic Area 2 (15)

Thematic Area 3 (15)

UNST 400 University Studies Capstone (3)

Major Total: 51 credit hours

Proficiency Total: 11 credit hours

Core Total: 35 credit hours

Electives to 120: 5 credit hours

Total for degree: 120 Credit hours

Interdepartmental and Orphan, Courses in

Speech (SPCH), Courses in

SPCH 124. Beginning Speech (3); Var

A beginning course in public speaking with emphasis on the composition and delivery of the extemporaneous speech. NM Common Core: COMM1113.

UNST 101 Integrative Seminar A (3); Fa

Integrative Seminar A encourages students to envision themselves as professionals and to reflect on their own development as they move toward their life goals. Seminar activities are designed to be collaborative, active-learning activities and are aimed at providing a rich environment for students to make multiple connections — i.e., among their Learning Community courses, between course content and application in the real world, and between their own needs and goals and the demands and expectations of their courses and chosen fields. Such activities may include student reflective work, problem-based learning activities, and case studies; the seminar may also arrange off-campus visits to relevant sites and incorporate presentations by professionals in relevant fields.

UNST 101 Integrative Seminar B (3); Fa

Integrative Seminar B, for experienced college students entering NMHU for the first time, encourages students to envision themselves as professionals and to reflect on their own development as they move toward their life goals. Seminar activities are designed to be collaborative, active-learning activities and are aimed at providing a rich environment for students to make multiple connections — i.e., among their courses, between course content and application in the real world, and between their own needs and goals and the demands and expectations of their courses and chosen fields. Such activities may include student reflective work, problem-based learning activities, and case studies; the seminar may also arrange off-campus visits to relevant sites and incorporate presentations by professionals in relevant fields.

UNST 200 Introduction to University Studies (3); Fa

UNST 200 is an introduction to the theory of interdisciplinary studies. The course focuses on exploring common pathways and connections among disciplines. It enables students to develop a personal theory of interdisciplinary studies and culminates in a detailed plan for an individualized major. 

UNST 300 University Studies Program Planning (3); Variable

Planning a University Studies Program of Study (3) is a course designed for transfer and continuing students whom have already developed some content areas specialization. Course content will identify the 5 learning outcomes identified as drivers to the University Studies Degree program as drawn from their previous coursework and will help students plan out their Specialized Plan of Study.

UNST 400 University Studies Capstone (3); Sp

This multidisciplinary capstone course is designed to be a culminating experience for a general education. Students from a range of study areas will work in groups on various projects. They will explore connections among their various disciplines and between their own college and o -campus community experiences.