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Bachelor Specialized Studies




By it's nature, the specialized studies degree is unique to each individual. Making a general statement regarding career preparation impractical. The application process, however, requires a statement of rationale for pursuing the major and for selection of the curriculum plan. This statement includes the student's educational and career goals. Many B.S.S. students design a major with a specific career or graduate program in mind. The B.S.S. major has an internship option, which can further students' preparation for their particular career objectives. 
A student must have earned no less than 45 quarter hours and have a cumulative 2.0 grade point average. The student must complete an application form and discuss his or her program with a Southern Campus counselor. If the student intends to complete the degree on the Athens campus, he/she must meet with Athens faculty advisers and a counselor in the University College.
University Wide Graduation Requirements
To complete this program, students must meet all University wide graduation requirements.
  • As a student in the Bachelor of Specialized Studies program, you may complete one or more academic minors, as long as the courses taken to meet the minor requirements are not included in the Bachelor of Specialized Studies area of concentration. You need to indicate your intention to complete a minor at the time you submit your Bachelor of Specialized Studies application. Curses required to earn a certificate may be included in the area of concentration.
  • Up to 32 hours earned through the Experimental Learning Program may be applied to the Bachelor of Specialized Studies degree program. A maximum of 44 hours from the College of Business may be included in a Bachelor of Specialized Studies degree program.
  • Bachelor of Specialized Studies students may earn departmental honors thought University College. Students must have an accumulated GPA within the top 20 percent of the B.S.S. students to be eligible to earn departmental honors. An honors thesis is required. Guidelines and an application are available from the college office or online at
To Graduate with a Bachelor of Specialized Studies degree, you must:
  • Earn 120 hours, of which at least 54 must be courses with catalog numbers at the 3000-level or above. This does not include graduate level courses.
  • Complete no fewer than 30 hours (the degree residency requirement) after being admitted to the specialized studies program. his total excludes any transfer credit, transient credit, Course Credit by Examination, Independent Study coursework, etc., fir which initial registration occurred prior to application to the specialized program. 
  • Complete a minimum of 30 hours in the self-designed area of concentration approved by the Bachelor of Specialized Studies review committee. The area of concentration can include courses that are completed, current and planned at the time of application. The courses included as current and planned in the concentration become requirements for graduation subject to change only by prior permission from a University College adviser and, in some cases, the Bachelor of Specialized Studies review committee. At least 50 percent of the coursework take for the B.S.S. area of concentration must be completed at Ohio University.
  • Complete the University General Education Requirements. 
  • Complete the minimum of 32 hours of Ohio University coursework to satisfy the University residency requirement. 
  • Earn at least a 2.0 GPA in the area of concentration and overall. To have current credit hours included as part of the 30 hours B.S.S residency requirement, application must be submitted by the tenth week in the fall and spring semesters of the full summer semester.
For More Information Contact:

Kim T. Keffer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Instruction