University Studies: Multidisciplinary Studies, BUS

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2023-2024. Learn more about University Academic Regulation 3.1.

Minimum Overall Grade Point Average: 2.00
Total Hours: 120


The bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies is a four-year degree plan for students who find that current University degree programs will not allow them to meet their educational objectives and who wish to tailor course choices to meet individual goals. The program allows students to prepare for professional careers that require extensive knowledge in a broad array of subjects. The multidisciplinary program allows students to focus on two or three areas of study that are selected by the student.

Degree Requirements

  1. The student must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of which at least 40 hours must be upper-division.
  2. The major requires two or three areas of concentration. If the student selects two areas of concentration, each area will include at least 27 hours of coursework; for three areas of concentration, each area will include at least 18 hours of coursework. Of the 54 hours of concentration, at least 27 hours must be upper-division. A course may not be used to fulfill the requirements of more than one area of concentration. The remaining coursework, to total at least 120 hours, may be selected from different disciplines.
  3. Areas of concentration may include coursework from the requirements for a minor or certificate or a group of related courses approved by a departmental representative (faculty member or advisor). A study plan may use 18 hours of ‘major’ courses from an AA, AS or AAS degree to fulfill one of three areas of concentration. The other two areas of concentration will include at least 27 hours of upper-division coursework.
  4. All students who intend to present a program for multidisciplinary studies must enroll in one of the colleges of the University (select one of the colleges responsible for an area of concentration).
  5. The study plan must meet all General Education requirements of the University and the college of enrollment.
  6. A multidisciplinary studies faculty advisory committee will oversee program quality and conduct an annual curriculum review.

Area of Concentration

Concentration 127
Concentration 227
Concentration 118
Concentration 218
Concentration 318


Students who believe their educational objectives can best be fulfilled through a multidisciplinary studies program will be responsible for complying with the following procedures:

  1. Obtain the multidisciplinary studies declaration of major and plan of study forms from the Director of Student Academic Services in the college that will grant the degree, University College Advising or the Advising Center at OSU-Tulsa. The form will list the General Education requirements for the college.
  2. Meet with an advisor to determine the student’s educational objectives and the two or three areas of concentration.
  3. Obtain approval from a departmental representative (faculty member or advisor) if the area of concentration does not represent a minor or certificate.
  4. Submit the completed form to the Office of the Dean in the college of enrollment for approval. The form will be forwarded to the Office of the Provost.
  5. Any necessary changes in the approved program should be requested by the student through the student's advisor and dean.
  6. Fulfill the approved graduation requirements for the degree and apply for graduation before the final semester of coursework.

Additional State/OSU Requirements

  • At least: 60 hours at a four-year institution; 30 hours completed at OSU; 15 of the final 30 or 50% of the upper-division hours in the major field completed at OSU.
  • Limit of: one-half of major course requirements as transfer work; one-fourth of hours earned by correspondence; 8 transfer correspondence hours.
  • Students will be held responsible for degree requirements in effect at the time of matriculation and any changes that are made, so long as these changes do not result in semester credit hours being added or do not delay graduation.
  • Degrees that follow this plan must be completed by the end of Summer 2029.