10. University College

The University College offers students the opportunity to realize their potential for academic success and ensure they have the opportunity to enrich their experience at the University through student development programs. The University College houses the Writing Program, the University Health Professions Office, the Institute for Law & Public Affairs, the Center for Civic Engagement, and the Office of Scholar Development. The University College also offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies, and partners with other University offices to offer coursework that is accessible to students from all majors.

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 and complete Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (AIS 1203). Students must meet the following criteria within their first year of studies to ensure successful transition to their respective colleges of major:

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

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.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) 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.

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)

Students seeking the B.A. 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 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1053Mathematics for Business3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1133Calculus for Business3
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
CHE 1083Introduction to the Molecular Structure of Matter3
CHE 1093Introduction to Molecular Transformations3
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
GES 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
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 2023Literature and Film3
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
GES 1023World Regional Geography3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
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 2013Basic Philosophical Problems3
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 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ARC 2413History of Architecture I3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
BBL 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
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 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2653Music in Culture3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683History and Styles of Western Art Music3
MUS 2693The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUS 2713History of Recorded Music3
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 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GES 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GES 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 component 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 B.A. 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. 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.
C. Multidisciplinary Studies Courses
MDS 2013Introduction to Multidisciplinary Studies3
MDS 4983Senior Seminar for Multidisciplinary Studies3
D. Free Electives
All candidates for this degree must complete 18 semester hours of free electives, at least 6 of which must be at the upper-division level.18
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

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
HIS 1043
United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core)
or United States History: Civil War Era to Present
or Texas History
3
MDS 2013 Introduction to Multidisciplinary Studies 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (Q) (core) 3
Mathematics core 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
CS 1033
Microcomputer Applications
or Business Information Systems Fluency
3
HIS 1043
United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core)
or United States History: Civil War Era to Present
or Texas History
3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (Q) (core) 3
Focus Area 1 lower-division course 3
Life & Physical Sciences core 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
COM 1043
Introduction to Communication
or Business and Professional Speech
or Public Speaking
or Technical Writing
3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Focus Area 2 lower-division course 3
Focus Area 3 lower-division course 3
Life & Physical Sciences core 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
POL 1133
Texas Politics and Society (core)
or Civil Rights in Texas and America
3
Focus Area 1 lower-division course 3
Focus Area 2 lower-division course 3
Creative Arts core 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
Focus Area 1 upper-division course 3
Focus Area 2 upper-division course 3
Focus Area 3 lower-division course 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences core 3
Component Area Option core 3
 Credit Hours15
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
 Credit Hours15
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
 Credit Hours15
Spring
MDS 4983 Senior 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
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) Courses

MDS 2013. Introduction to Multidisciplinary Studies. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction to Multidisciplinary Studies as an academic program. This course provides foundational skills from various academic areas and methodologies for approaching complex issues across the disciplines. Students develop and apply critical thinking, problem solving, and effective oral and written communication skills to social, political, scientific, and civic problems. The course includes a capstone project in which students plan a program of study appropriate within the Multidisciplinary Studies degree.

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.

Non-course Based Instruction (NCB) Courses

NCB 0200. Basic Math for TSI. (2-0) 1.25 Credit Hour.

The objective of this course is to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills they need in preparation for college level math courses.

NCB 0210. Intermediate Math for TSI. (2-0) 1.25 Credit Hour.

The objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need in preparation for college level math courses.

NCB 0300. Writing Review for TSI. (2-0) 1.25 Credit Hour.

This course will review basic skills for college-level and professional-level writing and reading. The writing process as well as critical reading and study skills that can be applied to this course and throughout your college career are discussed and practiced in class. Appropriate tone, Standard English grammar, paragraph construction, essay development, citation formatting, and other topics will be taught and practiced throughout the semester. These subjects will be taught with the application toward use with main ideas, supporting details, and inferences, as well as learning to read critically and analyze texts.

NCB 0500. Specialized Study for Math. (2-0) 1.25 Credit Hour.

This is a Non-Course-Based intervention and can be paired with any section of MAT 1073. This class is intended for those students who have been designated as not college ready (NCR) by the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) but who scored between 340 and 349 on the TSI Assessment.

NCB 0540. Specialized Study for MAT 1043 Corequisite. (2-0) 1.25 Credit Hour.

Non-course based corequisite for MAT 1043.

NCB 0550. Specialized Study for MAT 1053 Corequisite. (2-0) 1.25 Credit Hour.

Non-course based corequisite for MAT 1053.

NCB 0570. Specialized Study for MAT 1073 Corequisite. (2-0) 1.25 Credit Hour.

Non-course based corequisite for MAT 1073.

NCB 0600. Specialized Study for Writing and Reading. (2-0) 1.25 Credit Hour.

This course will review basic skills for college-level and professional-level writing and reading. The writing process as well as critical reading and study skills that can be applied to this course and throughout your college career are discussed and practiced in class. Appropriate tone, Standard English grammar, paragraph construction, essay development, citation formatting, and other topics will be taught and practiced throughout the semester. These subjects will be taught with the application toward use with main ideas, supporting details, and inferences, as well as learning to read critically and analyze texts.

NCB 0700. NCB Integrated Reading and Writing for TSI. (2-0) 1.25 Credit Hour.

This course will review basic skills for college-level and professional-level writing and reading. The writing process as well as critical reading and study skills that can be applied to this course and throughout your college career are discussed and practiced in class. Appropriate tone, Standard English grammar, paragraph construction, essay development, citation formatting, and other topics will be taught and practiced throughout the semester. These subjects will be taught with the application toward use with main ideas, supporting details, and inferences, as well as learning to read critically and analyze texts.

University College Studies (UCS) Courses

UCS 2011. UTSA Engage: A Service-Learning Experience. (1-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Students will be engaged in a minimum of 15 hours of pre-approved, unpaid service in a non-profit or public sector organization in the San Antonio region. Coupled with their service experience will be an online learning environment that will engage students in readings on the nature of service, community engagement, social issues prevalent in the region, and other prompts to engage students in critical thinking and reflection. The service must be performed within the semester that a student is registered. A student may not use another course requirement to complete this credit, it must be an independent experience. A student may repeat the course once for additional credit with the service experience being at a different placement than their previous experience.

UCS 2023. Principles of Recovery and Relapse Prevention. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course evaluates the knowledge, skills, values, and self-awareness required for addiction recovery, and explores theories of recovery, relapse prevention principles, and general wellness concepts. Required for Center for Collegiate Recovery students; open to all students.

UCS 2033. Personal Career Planning. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides knowledge of career development theories and decision-making models, current national and state-specific labor market trends, and provides career and occupational resources. Course includes opportunities for self-assessment and career assessment results, including interest, personality, values clarification inventories and skills identification as they relate to occupational choices. This course equips students with skills that help them make positive career decisions throughout their education at UTSA and their career trajectory. (Formerly COU 2103. Credit cannot be earned for both UCS 2033 and COU 2103).

UCS 3201. Graduate School Workshop. (1-0) 1 Credit Hour.

This course is designed to help students prepare for admission to graduate school and, particularly, for admission to Ph.D. programs. The course addresses a variety of pertinent topics, such as how one decides whether to attend graduate school, what type of graduate program one should select, how students can improve their chances of being admitted to the programs of their choice, how to choose select specific programs to apply to, how to prepare an effective application, and how to pay for graduate study. The course also will provide students with practical advice for preparing for the GRE. This course may be repeated for credit.