Degree Requirements

The University Studies program is most appealing if you have earned academic credit hours and are seeking a flexible degree plan to complete your Bachelor's degree.

In order to obtain a University Studies degree, you must earn 120 semester credit hours of applicable credit in the following categories:

General Education Core Curriculum 

  • Forty-two hours (See Lamar's General Catalog for more details).
  • A grade of “C” or better must be earned in both ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302.

Advanced Courses 

  • 42 hours
    • AASC 3301/UVST 3301 Lifelong Learning (3 hours)
    • AASC/UVST 4301 Senior Seminar (3 hours)
    • ENGL 3311 Professional Writing (3 hours)
    • Advanced Electives (33 hours, nine of which must be 4000 level)
  • Advanced Electives are junior (3000) and senior (4000) level courses
  • A grade of "C" or better must be earned in all advanced elective courses
  • Optional AASC/UVST 3102 Prior Experiential Learning (1 hour)

General Academic Electives 

  • 36 hours
    • General electives can be freshman (1000), sophomore (2000), junior or senior level. 

Grade Point Average

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0

Coursework Options


15-week coursework schedule

Online On Campus
online or on-campus



8-week coursework schedule

online only