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Bachelor of Arts in University Studies

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Program Overview

Create a unique degree plan tailored to your goals and prepare for career advancement by earning your Bachelor of Arts in University Studies online from UHV. Designed to be flexible and affordable, this 100 percent online program helps you graduate sooner and open doors to a broad range of professional opportunities. Plus, you can transfer up to 90 credit hours to maximize any previous college coursework you've already completed.

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$266 Per Credit Hour
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120 Credit Hours
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$266 Per Credit Hour
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120 Credit Hours

Our B.A. in University Studies online program features a diverse curriculum that covers multiple disciplines, with an emphasis on communication and management skills as well as foreign language studies. Tailor your program to fit your interests by completing lower and upper division courses of your choice.

The B.S. in University Studies online program prepares you to pursue a broad range of rewarding career opportunities.

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This program empowers you to:

  • Customize your degree program to fit your career goals
  • Become a persuasive communicator in both written and oral forms
  • Apply critical and creative thinking in professional and social settings
  • Analyze and problem-solve by drawing from a variety of disciplines

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Tuition

Our B.A. in University Studies online features pay-by-the-course tuition at an affordable rate, with all fees included. Total tuition will vary depending on your transfer credits.

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$266 Per Credit Hour
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$798 Per 3-Credit-Hour Course

According to Payscale.com, graduates with a bachelor’s in university studies earn an average salary of $62,000 a year.

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Fees

A $25 application fee is required; applications will not be processed without it.

Applicants are admitted to the University only for the semester for which they apply. Students who do not enroll in the semester for which they have been admitted and want to be considered for a different semester must reapply and pay the application processing fee again.

Applicants will be considered for admission under the policies in effect at that time. Admission is not automatic. If a student has attended another collegiate institution prior to updating the application, the student must provide an official transcript of all work attempted.

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The B.A. in University Studies program is delivered in a flexible online format ideal for working students. Accelerated 8-week courses and multiple start dates throughout the year help you finish your degree sooner. View the full calendar to see all upcoming start dates and deadlines.

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Admissions

We've streamlined the admission process so it's easier for you to get started on your degree. View the requirements for our B.A. in University Studies online, what additional materials you need and where you should send them. The requirements include:

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Students interested in the B.A. in University Studies online must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • Submit undergraduate application and $25 application fee
  • Cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Freshmen: SAT score of 940 or higher or ACT score of 18 or higher
  • Transfer students (12 or more credit hours from other institutions): official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Students may transfer up to 90 credit hours.

    Official transcripts, test scores and other materials that come from third-party sources may be emailed or mailed from the granting institution(s) to:

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    University of Houston-Victoria
    3007 N. Ben Wilson Street
    Victoria, TX 77901
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Courses

To earn the B.A. in University Studies online, students must complete a total of 120 semester credit hours. Courses include: Freshman Seminar (3 credit hours), University Core Curriculum (42 credit hours), University Studies Program Requirements (22 credit hours), Lower/Upper Division Courses (24 credit hours), and Upper Division Courses (24 credit hours), plus any other electives needed to equal 120 credits.

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This course is waived for transfer students with 30 credit hours or who have taken a similar course from another accredited institution.

UNIV 1300: First Year Seminar

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide an academic context for: (1) the understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of a college education; (2) study and life skills necessary for academic success; and, (3) opportunities for connection with peers, faculty and the institution. This course is required for freshmen students in all majors and any student entering the university with less than 30 SCH.

General education courses are required based on admission standing and transfer credits.

English – 6 credit hours

ENGL 1301: English Composition I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Composition course providing instruction in the writing and analysis of expository prose; emphasis on rhetorical principles and basic organizational modes.

ENGL 1302: English Composition II

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Continued Development of writing skills acquired in English 1301 and development of critical thinking skills in argumentation, analysis and interpretation of various types of literature.

Political Science – 6 credit hours

PSCI 2305: US Government

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to United States national government and politics; including constitutional basis, processes, institutions and policies of U.S. Government and politics.

PSCI 2306: Texas Government

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to Texas state and local government including constitutional basis, processes, institutions and policies of Texas government and politics.

History – 6 credit hours

HIST 1301: U.S. History I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Survey course of US history from 1492 to 1865 including social, political, intellectual, economic and military history will be explored.

HIST 1302: U.S. History II

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Survey course of US history from 1865 to present, including social political, intellectual, economic and military history will be explored.

Math – 3 credit hours from the following

MATH 1314: College Algebra

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course will cover quadratics, polynomial, rational, logarithmic and exponential functions, system of equations, progression, sequences and series, matrices and determinants.

STATS 1342: Intro to Stats

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This introductory course prepares participants in many disciplines to utilize basic statistical methods and processes to effectively and efficiently organize, analyze, and utilize data.

Life & Physical Sciences – 6 credit hours from the following

BIOL 1308: Biology I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to cell physiology, molecular biology and genetics. Three hours lecture each week. This class is designed for non-science majors.

BIOL 1309: Biology II

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Emphasis on organismal diversity, ecology, behavior and evolution. Three hours lecture each week. This class is designed for non-science majors.

BIOL 1322: Human Nutrition

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to nutrition for students of science and non-science majors. Topics include fundamentals of nutrition, metabolism, digestion, absorption, nutrient storage and drug/nutrient interactions.

Humanities – 3 credit hours

HUMA 1301: Introduction to Humanities

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This stand alone course is an interdisciplinary survey of cultures focusing on the philosophical and aesthetic factors in human values with an emphasis on the historical development of the individual and society and the drive to create. This course will offer selected, interrelated topics in philosophy, literature, religion, and the arts and sciences from ancient times to about the year 1700.

Creative Arts – 3 credit hours

COMM 1335: Introduction to Radio & TV

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Survey course focusing on historical, technical, and governmental aspects of the broadcast industry. Topics such as programming, sales, rating, and public broadcasting will be introduced.

Social/Behavioral Science – 3 credit hours

PSYC 2301: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Survey of Introductory topics such as learning, memory, sensation and perception, personality, life-span development, psychological basis of behavior, stress and health, psychological disorders, social psychology and research methods.

Additional Courses – 6 credit hours

COSC 1301: Technology & Problem Solving

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to technology, algorithmic problem solving and their applications for students in sciences, humanities, social sciences and business.

SPCH 1315: Introduction to Public Speaking

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction of the basic principles and techniques in research, composition, organization and delivery of speeches for various purposes appropriate for purpose, occasion and audience.

Students earning their B.A. in University Studies must take the following courses.

ENGL 3430: Professional Writing

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Study of Professional writing, including correspondence, proposals, research reports, resumes and job letters. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302

MGMT 3303: Principles of Management

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

General systems theory; evolution of management theory; interpersonal behavior in business organizations to include motivation, leadership, value attitudes, and organizational development.

HIST 4300: Selected Topics in U.S. History

Prerequisite(s): HIST 1301, HIST 1302 or approval of instructor.

Topical courses in U.S. history. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

HUMA 4316: Critical Studies in Race, Class, Gender

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduces students to concepts from theoretical and cultural discourse on gender, race, and class through interdisciplinary investigation of histories, literatures, and arts with the intention of improving cultural literacy in global contexts.

COMM 4314: Intercultural Communication

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Theories and research relating to how people of different cultures communicate, the cultural factors which influence communication styles, and conflicts caused by differences. ENGL 1301 is preferred to be taken before COMM 4314.

SPAN 1301: Elementary Spanish I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduces the fundamental elements of the Spanish language within a cultural context. Emphasis is placed on the development of basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

SPAN 1302: Elementary Spanish II

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Continues SPAN 1301 by focusing on the fundamental elements of the Spanish language within a cultural context. Emphasis is place on the progressive development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

SPAN 2301: Intermediate Spanish I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Development of the integration of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills on an intermediate level. Prerequisites: SPAN 1301 & 1302 or instructor permission

SPAN 2302: Intermediate Spanish II

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Continuation of Intermediate Spanish I with focus on the integration of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills on an intermediate level. Prerequisites: SPAN 2301

Students must choose any 24 hours of lower or upper division coursework.

Students must choose any 24 hours of upper division coursework.

Students may choose electives to meet the 120-credit-hour requirement.

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