University Studies - BS, Race, Gender, Ethnicity Concentration

This area of concentration is purposefully designed to require that students complete an individualized body of coursework that educates them in interdisciplinary knowledge. Four inquiry-rich, research-based courses; an introduction to each discipline; and one a capstone senior seminar provide students with introductory and concluding courses in the methodologies appropriate to to interdisciplinary studies in the Race, Gender, Ethnicity Concentration. Other courses in the core are drawn from areas such as Africana Studies, Latino/a and Mexican-American Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies. 

The BS degree differs from the BA in being more focused on problem solving and analysis of data in examining major social and cultural issues. The BS degree therefore requires more courses in science and encourages statistics and mathematics, as opposed to the foreign language requirement of the BA version of the degree.

In the addition to a core of courses focused on race and ethnicity and gender, each student must complete two minors for the degree. It is expected that two minors are required for the degree, and at least one minor will must be from outside the College of Liberal Arts.

A student enrolled in the University Studies concentration of Race, Gender, Ethnicity may not pursue a double major or a double degree.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Africana Studies  
Introduction to Latino/Mexican American Studies  
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies  
Course approved by CLLA
 
400-level Capstone course meeting University Writing Requirement
 
American history 3
Communication 3
Government/Political science 1 3
Mathematics 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
American history 3
Communication 3
Government/Political science 1 3
Mathematics 3
Social science directed elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Minor 3 3
Minor 3 3
Humanities directed elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Life and physical sciences 3
Minor 3 3
Minor 3 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Social science directed elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
Creative arts 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Minor 3 3
Minor 3 3
Humanities directed elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Minor 3 3
Minor 3 3
Humanities/Social science directed elective 5 3
Science directed elective 6 3
General elective 3,7 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
Minor 3 3
Minor 3 3
Minor 3 3
Humanities/Social science directed elective 5 3
Science directed elective 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Africana Studies  
Introduction to Latino/Mexican American Studies  
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies  
Course approved by CLLA
 
400-level Capstone course meeting University Writing Requirement
 
Minor 3 3
Minor 3 3
General elective 3,7 3
General elective 3,7 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Graduation requirements include 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. The required 6 hours may be met by courses satisfying other areas of a degree program.  See your academic advisor for further information.