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Proposal Instructions

The student, with the faculty advisor's guidance, must create and present a degree proposal to the University Studies Committee for approval. Once the student's proposal has been approved he or she is coded with the Registrar's Office in the faculty advisor's academic college. This procedure enables record keeping and determines the college in which the student will graduate.

The deadline to submit all final proposals is two weeks before the committee meets.

Suggestions for Getting Started

  1. Explore the reasons why a traditional major at the University of Utah does not satisfy your academic and/or professional needs.
  2. Develop a theme for your degree. Browse through the University of Utah catalog and mark the classes that you would find most helpful in reaching your academic aspirations. Then look for the two or three departments where most of those classes are coming from.
  3. Review degree options at other colleges and universities. The academic program you are looking for may already exist at a different institution. You may use those programs as guides to help you choose the types of classes that will best meet your goals.
  4. Tie it all together. How will your key departments build on one another to produce the program that you want? Do you have all the pieces you need to make this program useful, complete, cohesive, and rigorous? 

Proposal Instructions

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Page 1 (cover page):

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  • Title of the major as you would like it to appear on your diploma (must be no more than 25 characters in length)
  • Your name, complete address, phone number, student ID number, and your e-mail address
  • Faculty advisor's name, title, academic department, campus address, campus phone number, and e-mail
  • Date of submission

Pages 2 & 3:

Write a two-page statement which explains why a B.U.S. degree satisfies your academic needs better than any traditional major offered at the University of Utah. This statement should address the following issues:

  • Your plans after graduation and how you expect this degree to help you achieve them.
  • Why your proposed course of study cannot be substantially accomplished within majors or a combination of major and minor.
  • How your proposed clusters of courses provide the necessary knowledge or practical application of skills for your academic and/or professional goals. Also state directly and succinctly what each cluster contributes to the whole program and why this knowledge or skill is important.
  • Designate the general nature of your thesis or project, including procedures for collecting, evaluating, and applying the data.

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Provide a letter from the faculty advisor that expresses his or her understanding of and commitment to the proposal. The faculty advisor is also encouraged to comment on any issues or features of the program that should be brought to the B.U.S. Committee's attention.

Page 5:

  • List the major-emphasis courses in the following format:
    Code | Course Number | Course Titlte | Department | Credit Hours
  • The code is “+” for each course already completed, “t” for transfer courses and, “ip” (in progress) for courses currently being taken.  Leave the space blank if the course is yet-to-be taken.
  • State the total major-emphasis credit hours.
  • State the total number of hours at the 4000 level or above.

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  • Using the same format and code as above, list the courses that fulfill general education and graduation requirements. Some of these courses may be used to satisfy upper-division requirements.
  • Show separately on this page the courses that fulfill the American Institutions, writing, diversity, and mathematics or language requirements.

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  • Using the same format and code as above, list all other course work.
  • State the total hours of courses yet-to-be completed for graduation.
  • State the total hours of upper-division (3000+) courses.
  • State the total amount of hours overall counting toward graduation (need a minimum of 122 hours, not exceeding 40 hours from any one department).


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Attach a current unofficial transcript from the University of Utah and transcripts from any other colleges and universities you have attended.

NOTE: It is highly recommended that you have your proposal draft reviewed by the B.U.S. director before submitting your final copy. It is not uncommon for students to write several drafts before they submit the final proposal.

Last Updated: 3/12/18