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Bachelor of University Studies

The Bachelor of University Studies degree is a baccalaureate degree program offered through the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and is advised through the Advising Resource Center.  Each degree plan is designed by the student with assistance from an academic advisor and is later approved by a committee composed of campus-wide representation. Each plan is individually tailored to meet the unique needs of a particular student. On the average, NDSU grants between 35 and 45 such degrees annually.


The goal of the Bachelor of University Studies degree is to provide a unique, nontraditional degree option for students whose goals and objectives cannot be met via a traditionally established academic major. The program allows flexibility in designing a degree, allowing students to meet unique personal and career goals. This degree is not designed to replace any existing NDSU major, and all students should seek an existing campus major when such a major is available. The Bachelor of University Studies degree does not allow a designated major, instead a student will create an area or areas of emphasis that will  help him or her attain post-graduation goals. Each area of emphasis must include a minimum of 12 credits of study with at least 6 of those credits being upper division credits. In addition to the emphasis area a student may choose to declare an academic minor they feel will strengthen their plan of study. 


Deadlines for degree proposal submission are October 1 for Spring/Summer graduation and February 1 for Fall graduation. The proposal should be planned and thoughtful, and should to demonstrate to the Commitee how both a student's academic and career goals would be best met through an individualized degree program. A minimum of 15 credit hours must be proposed (left to be taken) after a degree proposal is approved, although more is encouraged.

If you have questions regarding the Bachelor of University Studies degree, please contact Jessie Bauer at 701-231-6313 or at

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Advising Resource Center
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7014
Campus address: Morrill Hall 112
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2800 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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