Educational Studies (BS)
Educational Studies Degree Program
The Educational Studies degree prepares individuals to work with children, adolescents and adults in a wide variety of non-traditional educational settings, such as education departments in museums, zoos, hospitals, places of workshop, mental health facilities, non-profit organizations, and more, where teacher certification is not required. In addition to the General Education courses required for all U.S.A. students, the program requires an Educational Core focusing on human growth and development, diversity, interdisciplinary studies and effective communication.
Students select from one of four areas of Concentration: Arts Education, Disability Studies, Language and Literacy or Teaching and Learning. Students will declare a minor from any offered by the university.
|Degree Requirements (120 Hours)||Credit Hours|
|General Education Requirements|
|Area I - Written Composition (2 Courses)||6|
|EH 101||3 hrs|
|EH 102||3 hrs|
|Area II - Humanities & Fine Arts (4 Courses,)||12|
|CA 110||3 hrs|
|EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236||3 hrs|
|ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101||3 hrs|
|H 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236 or advisor approved humanities or fine arts elective.||3 hrs|
|Area III - Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3 Courses)||11|
|MA 110, MA 112, MA 113, MA 115, MA 120, MA 125||3 hrs|
|BLY 101, 121; BLY 102, BLY 122; CH 101, CH 103, CH 131, CH 132; GEO 101, GEO 102, GY 111, GY 112; PH 101, 104, 114, 115, 201, 202 (Or NS transfers)||8 hrs|
Area IV - History, Social, & Behavioral Sciences (4 Courses,)
(Students will only receive credit for 2 history courses.)(Sequence required in either English (EH) or History (HY)
|HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136||3 hrs|
|AN 100, AN 101, ECO 215, ECO 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, PSC 130, PSY 120, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112||6 hrs|
|AN 100, AN 101, ECO 215, ECO 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, PSC 130, PSY 120, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112, HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136||3 hrs|
|Health/Physical Education (2 Courses)||4|
|KIN 100 Concepts of Health and Fitness||3 hrs|
|PE 101-157 PE Activity Course||1 hr|
|Educational Studies Core||33|
|EDM 310 Microcomputing in Education||3 hrs|
|EDU 400 Educ for Exceptional Child & Youth||3 hrs|
|EPY 351 Human Growth and Development OR *PSY 350 Child and Adolescent Development||3 hrs|
EDF 315 Education in a Diverse Society OR EDF 325 Social Issues in Education: Global Gender
|IST 302 Interdisciplinary and Critical Thinking||3 hrs|
|IST 320 Cultural Competency||3 hrs|
|IST 330 (W) Analytical and Information Literacy
(Satisfies University Computer Proficiency Requirement; Satisfies University Writing Requirement)
|IST 350 (W) Advanced Verbal and Written Communication
(Satisfies University Writing Requirement)
|IST 494-Directed Study-Service Learning||3 hrs|
|IST 498-Internship (W)
(Must apply for IST 498 one semester in advance.)
Choose one of the Educational Studies Concentrations:
All concentration courses must be advisor approved.
Students will complete a minor from any offered by the university.
Allied Health Professions: Biomedical Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences: Air Force Studies, Anthropology, Studio Art, Art History, Biology, Classics, Chemistry, Communication, Composite Sciences, Criminal Justice, Dramatic Arts, English, Forensic Science, Gender Studies, Gerontology, Geography, History, International Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics, Meteorology, Military Science, Museum Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Related Sciences, Sociology, Statistics
College of Education: Hospitality and Tourism Management, Interdisciplinary Studies, Leisure Studies
School of Computing: Computer Sciences, Information Systems, Information Technology
Mitchell College of Business: Economics, Finance, General Business, General Management, Marketing
|Electives||number to reach minimum required for degree|
|Additional credits may be necessary to reach the minimum of 120 hours required for a bachelor’s degree. Consult with your advisor to verify if additional credits are needed.|
University and College Requirements:
The University requires that a candidate for graduation must have completed two designated writing credit courses at USA, with at least one course chosen from offerings in the candidate’s major or minor. Courses meeting this requirement are designated with a (W) after the course title in the “Courses” section of the University Bulletin. Individuals who transfer in credit to substitute for a course(s) designated as a (W) course must meet the writing requirement by taking a (W) course(s) at USA.
Students must have prior approval (obtained in the Advising Center) to enroll as a transient student at another institution. A maximum of 60 semester hours (or 50% of total hours required for the program) may be accepted from a two-year institution.
A candidate for graduation must complete a minimum of 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree through instruction offered by the University of South Alabama in upper-division course work (300 and 400 levels).
|Department of Integrative Studies Staff
|Chair||Dr. Paige Vitulli|
Diane F. Harvey
|Academic Advisor||Melanie McLain|
The Department of Integrative Studies (INGS) includes the Educational Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies programs. Faculty are professionals from various backgrounds including business, political science, instructional design, teacher education, interdisciplinary studies, community counseling, educational research, and child development.
The Educational Studies degree prepares individuals to work with children, adolescents and adults in a wide variety of non-traditional educational settings, such as education departments of museums, zoos, hospitals, places of worship, mental health facilities, non-profit organizations, and more, where teacher certification is not required.
The Interdisciplinary Studies degree is a customizable program which can be taken fully online, offering a BA or BS which builds skills in communication, cultural competency, analytical thinking, leadership, and teamwork. Diversity is valued among learners and emphasis is on the importance of becoming an active leader, effective team member, and engaged global citizen.
The Interdisciplinary Studies (IST) degree is designed to give students a variety of options in earning a Bachelor’s degree tailored to meet their needs and interests. The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (IST) offers a fully on-line degree.
|General Education Requirements (41 Credit Hours)||Credit Hours|
|Area I - Written Composition|
|2 courses||EH 101,
|Area II - Humanities, Fine Arts, Oral Communication|
|Any (1) of*||EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, or 236||3|
|Any (1) of||ARH 100, 103, 123;
|1 course||CA 110||3|
|Any (1) of||EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, or 236;
ARH 100, 103, 123;
LG 111, 112, 131, 132, 151, 152, 171, 172, 211, 212, 231, 232, 251, 252, 271, 272;
LGS 101, 102, 106, 107, 121, 122, 141, 142, 201, 202, 206, 207, 221, 222, 241, 242;
PHL 110, 121, 131, 231, 240
|Area III - Natural Sciences and Math|
|2 courses w/ labs||BLY 101/101L, 102/102L, 121/121L, 122/122L;
CH 101/101L, 103/103L, 131/131L, 132/132L;
GEO 101/101L, 102/102L;
GY 111/111L, 112/112L;
PH 101/101L, 104/104L, 114/114L, 115/115L, 201/201L, or 202/202L, MET 140/140L
|Any (1) of||MA 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 125, 126, 227, 237, or 238||3|
|Area IV - History, Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|Any (1) of*||HY 101, 102, 135, 136||3|
|3 courses||IST 201;
AN 100, 101;
CA 100, 211;
ECO 215, 216;
GEO 114, 115;
PSY 120, 250;
SY 109, or 112;
HY 101, 102, 135, 136
|*As part of the General Education Requirements, students must complete a 6-hour sequence in Literature or History|