May 25, 2024  
2022-23 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-23 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Studies

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Matthew Duncan, Interim Chair

Alley, Baird, Boyle, Clark, Cobb, Elliott, Fisher, Gray, Haber, Hatfield, Higgs, Hinsey, Johnson, Jones, Korstange, McCluney, McDaniel, Morris, Nelson, Otts, Puckett, Raines, Rust, Schmidt, Stephens, Stickle, Torku

The University Studies department of the University College is committed to serving first-year and transfer students newly admitted to MTSU. The department’s objective is to work with students to determine their ideal academic placement, to assist them in their transition to the University, and to provide academic support and instruction where appropriate.

For students electing a broad-based education, the department offers the Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies degree with concentrations in Applied Leadership and Public Safety and the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies degree with concentrations in Health Administration, Information Technology, International Organizational Leadership, or Organizational Leadership. The flexibility in course requirements for these programs of study may be particularly attractive to students who have earned numerous prior credits that can be applied to a four-year degree, have military or other significant training experiences that may qualify for prior learning assessment, and/or may need to study online. The department also offers a Master’s Degree in Professional Studies.

The overarching mission of the University Studies department is to provide a firm and stable foundation enabling students to work confidently and persistently toward achieving their goals. The department is able to achieve this mission with the support of dedicated faculty and staff committed to empowering students to fulfill their academic ambitions.

Additional information about the Integrated Studies and Professional Studies majors is available from University Studies or

University Seminar (UNIV 1010)

UNIV 1010 is designed to equip students to be successful in their first year of college, helps students ease their transition to the University, and facilitates the development of effective strategies critical for college success. This three-hour elective course focuses on helping students enhance their academic skills, clarify their career goals, develop time and financial management skills, strengthen critical thinking and communication skills, and learn about essential campus resources devoted to student success. Course sections are capped at 25 students to provide students community and to deliver a “home base” for students during their first year. Sections of UNIV 1010 have been developed to meet the unique needs of Honors, International, and Scholars Academy.

Successful Transitions (UNIV 2020)

UNIV 2020 is a one-hour elective course designed to assist new transfer students as they transition to MTSU and maximize their success. Learning modules cover the development of essential strategies for success in college, including the development of effective and efficient academic processes, the identification and use of critical campus resources, and the identification of vital social support. Class sections are kept small to promote community.

Academic Assessment Placement Testing

All entering degree-seeking students less than 21 years of age will be assessed initially for prescribed course placement according to valid ACT/SAT scores. Permissible scores are less than five years old. Students with ACT scores lower than 19 in reading or math or lower than 18 in English are generally required to enroll in prescribed courses. Although they are not required to take the Academic Assessment Placement test, students are invited to verify their placement by taking the test prior to registration.

Applicants who will be 21 years of age or older at the time of admission have the option to take an academic assessment placement test, provide ACT/SAT scores that have been taken within five years, or be placed in the first level of the appropriate required prescribed courses. For these purposes, academic assessment includes (1) a test in writing; (2) a test in reading comprehension; and (3) a test in mathematics covering algebra skills. The assessment exam is administered at MTSU, virtually, or in select remote locations. All test scheduling is managed through the University Studies department. Additionally, transfer students who have not earned college-level, algebra-based mathematics, reading intensive credit, or English composition credits have the option to take the academic assessment test or be placed in the first level of the appropriate prescribed area.

Students admitted as Adult Special who have not completed the first college-level course in English composition, a reading intensive course, or algebra-based mathematics may elect to take the Academic Assessment Placement Test or be placed at the first level of the appropriate prescribed subject area. Adult Special students must also enroll in the prescribed courses prior to enrolling in any course that has the needed prescribed course as a prerequisite.

Below is a list of the required courses for students who either test into or are being placed according to ACT/SAT scores. Please note if you are required to take READ 1000K you will also be required to take HIST 2020L concurrently. The K sections of University seminar UNIV 1010 have a special focus on academic skills and are required of any student who initially places into two subject areas. Students are encouraged to discuss their test scores and prescribed course placement with their assigned advisors.

  • ENGL 1010K -  Introduction to University Writing
  • MATH 1000KC - Essentials of Mathematics
  • MATH 1010K -  Mathematics for General Studies
  • MATH 1530K - Applied Statistics
  • MATH 1710K - College Algebra
  • READ 1000K - Reading Skill Enrichment (paired with HIST 2020L, Survey U.S. History II)
  • UNIV 1010K - University Seminar

Academic Support

A number of support services provide tutoring to help students achieve the objectives in their courses. These are (1) the University Writing Center, (2) the Prescribed Course Reading Lab, and (3) the Prescribed Course Mathematics Lab. Free tutoring provided in the labs reinforces the curricula and objectives of the courses. In addition, advisors are available to assist students in all matters related to their academic standing. Each student is assigned an advisor who assists with scheduling and other concerns affecting academic success. Students should make appointments with their advisors before registration and should see their advisors at least twice during the semester.

Mandatory Enrollment

Students with prescribed course requirements must be continuously enrolled in the courses(s) until all have been successfully completed. Those failing a prescribed course must retake the course the next semester they enroll. They may not drop a prescribed course without the approval of the chair of University Studies. Students are expected to attend all class sessions. Strict attendance policies are in place. A student may not take any course that requires skill in any area in which deficiency has been determined by the assessment tool.


To successfully complete some prescribed courses, students must earn a grade of C- or better. The grade of D is not assigned for those courses. Prescribed courses carry elective credit or satisfy General Education requirements and are also used to compute the overall GPA.

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