College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2021-2022

Social and Behavioral Sciences

University Studies, Bachelor of University Studies

Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement

The mission of the B.U.S. degree program is to promote student success toward graduation and individual career goals through a flexible degree plan.

Purpose Statement

The Bachelor of University Studies (B.U.S.) degree program is designed for students interested in earning a degree that can integrate varied interests and specific career goals. Students synthesize the skills and objectives from their liberal studies and diversity requirements with two declared minors. Students also have the option of developing an individualized minor

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the B.U.S. degree, students will:
Develop skills in conducting interdisciplinary research

  • Select and define a problem, challenge, research question or project spanning multiple disciplines
  • Critically analyze the disciplinary insights into the problem, identify potential sources of conflict, and integrate relevant works to produce more comprehensive understanding of the problem studied
  • Use interdisciplinary processes to increase their understanding of the problem
Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of a problem, challenge or research question or project through an interdisciplinary approach
  • Design the project by assembling, arranging and reformulating ideas, concepts, designs and techniques
Demonstrate perspective-taking through written and oral communication
  • Evaluate rhetorical situations and produce writing, research, and presentations according to discipline-specific and stakeholder-specific needs
  • Use professional voice, tone, evidence, illustrations, and media
  • Adjust to conventions of usage, specialized vocabulary, format, and documentation used within selected fields of study
  • Understand the interactions between reading, critical thinking, writing and public presentation in their selected fields of study
  • Review work-in-progress, understanding the need for continuous revisions that focus on polishing grammar, syntax, and punctuation
  • Communicate effectively to general and specialized audiences through well-structured oral presentations that contain a clear central message and make appropriate reference to information or analysis that significantly supports the presentation
  • Use digital tools for revising, editing, designing, sharing drafted works, and in disseminating final products
  • Employ appropriate citations in their work
Demonstrate structural knowledge through analytic reasoning and critical thinking
  • Identify a creative, focused, and manageable topic that addresses potentially significant yet previously less-explored aspects of their selected fields of study
  • Synthesize inter-disciplinary theoretical frameworks are synthesized from across selected fields of study, Liberal Studies and Diversity areas
  • Organize and integrate evidence to reveal insightful patterns, differences, or similarities
  • Make judgments and draw appropriate conclusions based on the analysis of evidence, while recognizing the limits of this analysis
  • Use analysis as the basis for deep and thoughtful judgments, drawing insightful, qualified conclusions from the evidence
  • State a conclusion that is a logical extrapolation from the inquiry findings
  • Discuss, in detail, relevant and supported limitations and implications
Demonstrate skills in conducting and applying interdisciplinary research in a real world setting by:
  • Conducting a literature review using an interdisciplinary theoretical framework, identifying the disciplines relevant to the problem or research question, then reducing these sources to include only the most relevant
Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of a problem, challenge or research question through an interdisciplinary approach
  • Incorporate knowledge of human cultures, diversity, and global issues to intra/interpersonal situations
  • Incorporate knowledge of the physical/natural world and scientific literacy in appropriate contexts and to situations involving the interaction of any environment
  • Prepare and present a project, paper, exhibit, performance or other appropriate mediums
  • Complete an analytic narrative of the effects of learning within and outside of the classroom on the research or practical skills employed in executing the project

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