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University Studies (UNVS)


Welcome back, Anchor Islanders! 

We looked forward to a successful Fall 2020 semester.  As we continue to navigate a world with COVID-19, we have made some changes in our student practices that you need to be aware of.  Students are seen by appointment only and the Anchor Team is not holding walk-in hours. Appointments will be either via phone or virtual (WebEx).  This is for the continued health and safety of everyone.

IF a student MUST be seen in person, the Anchor Team member will make arrangements to meet with the student in an alternate location (either our Faculty Center conference room or an outside area).  These are shared areas and it does takes time to book these spaces, so students must make an appointment with their Anchor Team member. Students will email the appropriate Anchor Team member and request a face to face meeting.  In the email, students will provide dates and times the student is available to meet, for the next three weeks.  The Anchor Team member will then attempt to coordinate his/her schedule with the student’s availability and the availability of the shared space.   Students need to understand that coordinating the student schedule, Anchor Team member schedule and schedule of alternate location may delay the availability of appointment time.  There are certain times of the year when many students try to book an appointment with an Anchor Team member.  Please keep in mind that most students want to meet with their Anchor Team member at the end of October, when the Spring schedules are released online.  It would be smart to plan and ahead and book a time with your Anchor Team member early!             

If a student MUST be seen in person, only the student will be allowed to attend the appointment.  If guests arrive with the student, they will be asked to wait either in the Anchor Suite Lobby (if there is enough room to maintain social distancing) or asked to find an alternate location to wait.  Again, this is for the health and safety of everyone involved.  Any student participating in a face to face meeting will always be required to maintain social distancing and wear a face covering.

You can make an appointment with the Anchor Team at the following link:

Your Anchor Team emails are:

Jessica Aleman (Spahr):

Shannon Chambers:

Bill Coari:


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The University Studies degree at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) is a flexible undergraduate program which allows students to design a course of study that best fits their educational and career goals rather than follow a specific track of coursework prescribed by a major degree.  The University Studies degree can be completed as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS).  With a University Studies degree, students will graduate with a breadth of knowledge in a range of academic disciplines, preparing them for the workforce, graduate school, or fulfilling their dreams of obtaining a degree.


In today’s marketplace, employers are looking for people who demonstrate leadership skills, who can plan and organize, set priorities and who are result oriented.  The University Studies degree at TAMU-CC highlights these skills.  Students work closely with an academic advisor to develop their educational path, based on their career goals, and select coursework that will best suit their individual needs.


Who should consider a University Studies degree? 

  • Current TAMU-CC students with over 60 hours and who are unsure about what major to pursue or whose career goals do not align with an established TAMU-CC major.
  • Current TAMU-CC students with over 60 hours who need to accelerate their graduation date and are unable to do so in their stated major due to major specific requirements, course sequencing and/or gpa requirements.
  • Former Islanders who would like to return to TAMU-CC to complete their degree.



Students must meet the minimum requirements to obtain a University Studies degree; they are as follows:

  1. Completion of the Texas core curriculum
  2. At least 24 hours in a primary concentration area; at least 18 of the hours must be upper division hours (3000 and 4000) and 6 may be lower division hours (1000 and 2000). Hours earned before changing majors can be used to satisfy degree requirements. Courses completed as part of the core curriculum may not be used to satisfy the concentration area requirements.
  3. 21 hours in a secondary concentration area; hours in the secondary concentration area may be lower or upper division hours. Hours earned before changing majors can be used to satisfy degree requirements. Courses completed as part of the core curriculum may not be used to satisfy the concentration area requirements.
  4. UNST 4350 (Capstone)
  5. 45 total upper-division hours; 30 upper-division hours must be taken at TAMU-CC (Students who wish to graduate with honors must have completed at least 45 undergraduate semester hours at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.)
  6. 120 hours overall
  7. Electives – upper and lower division electives to ensure that the student completes 45 total upper division hours and 120 hours overall for the degree requirements
  8. Two First Year seminar courses (Students with more than 24 hours of transfer work are exempt from this requirement.)
  9. Foreign Language (either 2 years in high school or 2 semesters in college)
  10. Overall and TAMU-CC GPA of at least 2.0


You may choose your primary and/or secondary concentration areas from the following:  Business; Education/ Human Development; Liberal Arts; Nursing/Health Sciences; and Science/Engineering.


           Please note that some departments have class, major or pre-requisite restrictions on some of the classes that may be taken.  When choosing your concentration areas and coursework, it is important to keep this in mind.


All students must complete the UNST 4350 course, which is the capstone course for the University Studies degree.  In this course, students will demonstrate, via class projects and assignments, their ability to identify skills which can be used in community settings to assist in problem solving, customer service and the workforce.   Students will begin with an in-depth look at the five main components of solving a problem and practice the skills through a series of a structured exercises.  During this process, students will discuss research, assessment of data, brainstorming and creative thinking, planning, time management, leadership and collaboration, effective communication, and evaluating results.  Students will then apply the skills learned to their area of interest in a final project.


If you are unsure of a career path, we encourage you to do some research.  Here are some possible places to begin:


For those students interested in doing internships in Atmospheric Science, Computer Science, or Environmental Science, please see the Internship forms below:

ATSC 4498 Atmos Science Internship Packet
COSC 4690 Contracted Field Experience Approval form
COSC 4690 Contracted Field Experience Employer form
COSC 4690 Contracted Field Experience Guidelines updated 10/20/2016
ESCI 4498 Env Science Internship Packet

To set-up an appointment to see me, use the timetap link below:

Program Contact Information:

Shannon Chambers
Title: Academic Advisor II
Dept: Academic Advising
Office: FC 143
Phone: (361) 825- 5931