10. University College

“UTSA’s classes are designed to expose you to every aspect of the field, and the professors make sure you truly understand how important this career path is. Instead of working with a single patient, I will be able to work with communities, states and even entire countries to improve health.”

Jose Christian Arredondo ’13
Brownwood, TX

The University College offers students the opportunity to realize their potential for academic success by becoming involved in the comprehensive First Year Experience Program. Additionally, the University College includes the Writing Program and the Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC programs. The University College also offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies.

All first-year college students are admitted into University College and participate in a comprehensive First Year Experience Program designed to help transition to university life. In UTSA’s First-Year Experience Program students will participate in a peer mentor program; complete Academic Inquiry & Scholarship, a core curriculum course designed to introduce students to undergraduate research skills, critical thinking skills, and inquiry within three broad academic cultures; have the opportunity to enroll in linked courses; and participate in various campus events designed to enhance the success of first-year students. Students must meet the following criteria in order to exit University College and transition to their respective colleges of major.

  1. Complete 30 UTSA semester credit hours1
  2. Have no Texas Success Initiative (TSI) deficiencies
  3. Meet requirements to declare a major
  4. Earn credit for AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship
  5. Earn credit for WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (Q)
  6. Earn credit for the Core Curriculum Mathematics requirement
  7. Complete the First-Year Experience Program

Students will remain in University College until all seven exiting requirements have been met. Students within the University College may be required to register with the freshman cohort, regardless of hours earned, unless they have a designated priority registration.

Transfer students with 30 or more hours majoring in selective programs and undeclared majors will be admitted into University College and remain in the College until they have met all requirements to declare a major. At that point, such students will transition to their appropriate college of major.

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There is a distinction for freshmen and freshmen transfers entering UTSA with 15 or more credit hours. Such individuals may satisfy this requirement by completing 30 total hours, 15 of which must be UTSA hours with a UTSA grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher. Freshmen and freshmen transfers entering UTSA with 15 or more credit hours may be designated as University College Accelerated Students as soon as they meet the first six exiting requirements above. Upon completion of these first six requirements, University College Accelerated Students will be able to register with their appropriate cohort based upon hours earned (30-59 sophomore, 60-89 junior, etc.).

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies is a multidisciplinary degree which allows students much flexibility in designing degree programs that relate to their personal academic and career goals. Students will complete the University Core Curriculum requirements and take a cohesive set of courses from three different disciplinary areas.

The Multidisciplinary Studies major permits an interdisciplinary approach to education allowing students the opportunity to acquire a well-rounded educational background and problem-solving skills. The objectives of the program are to develop students that have a solid foundation in the content material of three different disciplines and are skilled in communication, critical thinking and analysis, investigating and solving problems, managing tasks, and relating to others. The program allows students to develop academic themes or topics that fall outside the usual disciplinary boundaries. The degree program will provide a vehicle to achieve baccalaureate degrees for those students whose interests lie in multiple areas.

This degree program is meant to encourage and support creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and integrative learning. The multidisciplinary nature of the program is designed to develop students’ ability to combine different fields into a structured format. Since the program involves coursework from departments across the University, it offers students opportunities to capitalize upon diverse personal interests and talents through a combination of study and academic experiences appropriate to meet their educational and long-term career goals.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 120, including Core Curriculum requirement hours. Thirty-nine of the 120 total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level.

Students receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies may not receive a double major or a minor.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements

First Year Experience Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

All students must complete the following course, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship3

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q)3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q)3

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1193Calculus for the Biosciences3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

ANT 2033Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
AST 1033Exploration of the Solar System3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 1243Contemporary Biology II3
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
ES 1113Environmental Botany3
ES 1123Environmental Zoology3
ES 1213Environmental Geology3
ES 2013Introduction to Environmental Science I3
ES 2023Introduction to Environmental Science II3
GEO 1013The Third Planet3
GEO 1123Life Through Time3
GRG 2613Physical Geography3
PHY 1013Universes3
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies3
AAS 2113African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues3
ANT 2063Language, Thought, and Culture3
ARA 1014Elementary Arabic I4
ARC 1113Introduction to the Built Environment3
ARC 1413Architecture and Culture3
CHN 1014Elementary Chinese I4
CLA 2013Introduction to Ancient Greece3
CLA 2023Introduction to Ancient Rome3
CLA 2323Classical Mythology3
CSH 1103Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I3
CSH 1113Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II3
CSH 1213Topics in World Cultures3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
ENG 2013Introduction to Literature3
ENG 2213Literary Criticism and Analysis3
ENG 2383Multiethnic Literatures of the United States3
ENG 2423Literature of Texas and the Southwest3
FRN 1014Elementary French I4
FRN 2333French Literature in English Translation3
GER 1014Elementary German I4
GER 2333German Literature in English Translation3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
GRG 1023World Regional Geography3
GRK 1114Introductory Classical Greek I4
HIS 2123Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2133Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2533Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
HIS 2543Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
HIS 2553Introduction to East Asian Civilization3
HIS 2573Introduction to African Civilization3
HIS 2583Introduction to South Asian Civilization3
HUM 2093World Religions3
ITL 1014Elementary Italian I4
ITL 2333Italian Literature in English Translation3
JPN 1014Elementary Japanese I4
LAT 1114Introductory Latin I4
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
PHI 1043Critical Thinking3
PHI 2023Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 2033Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 2123Contemporary Moral Issues3
RUS 1014Elementary Russian I4
RUS 2333Russian Literature in English Translation3
SPN 1014Elementary Spanish I4
SPN 2333Hispanic Literature in English Translation3
WS 2013Introduction to Women’s Studies3
WS 2023Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 13503
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 17503
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art3
ARC 1214Design I4
ARC 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
ART 1143Art for Non-Art Majors3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
ENG 1113Introduction to Creative Literary Arts3
HUM 2023Introduction to the Humanities I3
HUM 2033Introduction to the Humanities II3
HUM 2053History of Film3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MUS 2243World Music in Society3
MUS 2623Fundamentals of Music for the Non-Music Major3
MUS 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683Masterpieces of Music3
MUS 2693The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
PHI 2073Philosophy of Art3

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

HIS 1043United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era3
HIS 1053United States History: Civil War Era to Present3
HIS 2053Texas History3

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

POL 1013Introduction to American Politics3
and one of the following two courses:
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society3
POL 1213Civil Rights in Texas and America3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AMS 2043Approaches to American Culture3
ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 2043Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 2053Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
BBL 2243Globalizing the Local: Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools3
BIO 1033Drugs and Society3
CRJ 1113The American Criminal Justice System3
ECO 2003Economic Principles and Issues3
ECO 2013Introductory Macroeconomics3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GRG 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GRG 2623Human Geography3
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2513Personal Health3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 2013Social Problems3
SOC 2023Social Context of Drug Use3

Component Area Option (CAO) (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete either one of the following courses or any additional core curriculum course not previously used to satisfy a core competent area requirement, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

COM 2113Public Speaking3
CS 1173Data Analysis and Visualization3
EGR 1403Technical Communication3
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
PAD 1113Public Administration in American Society3
PHI 2043Introductory Logic3
Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement 3
Communication 6
Mathematics 3
Life and Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government-Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 3
Total Credit Hours 42

Degree Requirements

All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies must complete the following 78 semester credit hours.

A. Multidisciplinary Studies Foundation Courses
Technology Requirement. Select one of the following:3
Microcomputer Applications
Business Information Systems Fluency
Communications Requirement. Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Communication
Business and Professional Speech
Public Speaking
Technical Writing
B. Multidisciplinary Studies Fields of Study
All candidates for the degree must select courses to satisfy the requirements of the following three focus areas based on three distinct disciplines:48
1. Focus Area One: 18 semester credit hours of courses within a single discipline with at least 12 hours at the upper-division level.
2. Focus Area Two: 15 semester credit hours of courses within a single discipline with at least 9 hours at the upper-division level.
3. Focus Area Three: 15 semester credit hours of courses within a single discipline with at least 9 hours at the upper-division level.
Courses selected to satisfy a focus area must be approved by the Multidisciplinary Studies Program Director and Dean of University College. Furthermore, the courses used to satisfy each focus area must be completed with at least a 2.00 grade point average. At least one focus area must be selected from a discipline offered by the College of Liberal and Fine Arts or the College of Sciences. No more than one focus area can be selected from a discipline offered by the College of Business.
C. Seminar for Multidisciplinary Studies
MDS 4983Senior Seminar for Multidisciplinary Studies3
D. Free Electives
All candidates for this degree must complete 21 semester hours of free electives, at least 6 of which must be at the upper-division level.21
Total Credit Hours78

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Multidisciplinary Studies degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with their academic advisor for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies – Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
FallCredit Hours
AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q) (core) 3
Focus Area 1 lower-division course 3
Mathematics core 3
Spring
CS 1033 or IS 1403Microcomputer Applications 3
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q) (core) 3
Focus Area 2 lower-division course 3
Life & Physical Sciences core 3
Second Year
Fall
COM 1043, 1053, 2113, or ENG 2413Introduction to Communication 3
POL 1013Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Focus Area 1 lower-division course 3
Focus Area 3 lower-division course 3
Life & Physical Sciences core 3
Spring
POL 1133 or 1213Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Focus Area 2 lower-division course 3
Focus Area 3 lower-division course 3
Creative Arts core 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core 3
Third Year
Fall
Focus Area 1 upper-division course 3
Focus Area 2 upper-division course 3
Free elective 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences core 3
Component Area Option core 3
Spring
Focus Area 1 upper-division course 3
Focus Area 2 upper-division course 3
Focus Area 3 upper-division course 3
Free elective 3
Free elective 3
Fourth Year
Fall
Focus Area 1 upper-division course 3
Focus Area 2 upper-division course 3
Focus Area 3 upper-division course 3
Free elective 3
Free elective (upper division) 3
Spring
MDS 4983Senior Seminar for Multidisciplinary Studies 3
Focus Area 1 upper-division course 3
Focus Area 3 upper-division course 3
Free elective 3
Free elective (upper-division) 3
 Total Credit Hours: 120.0

Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) Courses

MDS 4911. Independent Study in Multidisciplinary Studies. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Program Director, and Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

MDS 4912. Independent Study in Multidisciplinary Studies. (0-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Program Director, and Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

MDS 4913. Independent Study in Multidisciplinary Studies. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Program Director, and Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

MDS 4933. Internship in Multidisciplinary Studies. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Consent of internship coordinator. Supervised experience relevant to the student’s program of study within selected community organizations. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of internship will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

MDS 4983. Senior Seminar for Multidisciplinary Studies. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Declared major in Multidisciplinary Studies and senior status. The seminar surveys topics in ethics, reinforces writing and communication skills through oral and written presentations and discussions, demonstrates student’s progress through a capstone portfolio, and culminates in a senior project approved by the instructor. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.