Students who pursue a University Studies major create an individual plan of study, so the jobs or careers they qualify for vary widely. Please contact the Career Center for assistance in exploring careers. While some employers may require specific majors, Accounting or Elementary Education for example, others will look at your work experiences and the skills you have acquired as well as your academic record. Earning the best possible grades is helpful since many employers screen applicants by GPA.
The University Studies major is not designed to prepare students to pursue graduate study; many graduate programs prefer students with a traditional undergraduate major. Please contact the graduate programs which you would like to attend to find out their perspectives and expectations. Please remember that graduate programs are typically competitive, and eligibility to apply does not guarantee admission. The higher your overall GPA, the more likely graduate programs are to seriously consider you as a candidate.
Yes. You must complete all degree requirements, including:
In order to graduate you must complete General Education, and each of the General Education programs requires appropriate math coursework. If you have not completed this requirement, you should immediately discuss your situation with an advisor. Some students will need to take two developmental math courses before taking an approved General Education math course. If you have not taken the Illinois State University COMPASS math placement exam, or your test scores are more than two years old, you may phone 438-2100 to schedule a placement exam. You are strongly encouraged to review math before testing.
No. University Studies majors may take courses that are open to all students, providing they meet the prerequisites. Courses restricted to specific majors are limited to those majors because departments have a commitment to their declared majors and do not have staff or funding to teach additional sections.
No. University Studies is not an approved teacher certification program and it is not designed to prepare students to teach. Students who have completed a University Studies degree (or any other degree) may explore post-graduate programs that certify teachers, but those programs are competitive. Contact specific graduate programs for information.
No. For example, if you do a Specialized Studies major using Psychology courses, you may not also have a Psychology minor. However, you may have a minor in a different field, using different courses.
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