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Your CU Degree

There are five interconnected components to your CU degree that together allow you to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to lead change and accomplish personal and professional goals while earning the 120 credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree. These are your project, your major, five general education areas, free electives, and Big 10 leadership and change competencies.
This page describes these components, their purpose, and how you can demonstrate them. In addition, to complete your degree, you will need 30 semester credit hours at the 300 or 400-level, 30 semester credit hours at College Unbound, and a grade point average of at least 2.0. For degree requirements prior to Fall 2021, please see that year’s Academic Catalog.
Your CU Degree

1. Your Project

Your project sits at the center of your CU degree because all of your learning at College Unbound is in the service of advancing your project.


2. Your Major | 36 Credit Hours

Your major is about acquiring depth of knowledge in the area of leadership and change. At College Unbound, the major requirements mean that you will be able to use concepts and methods from the study of leadership, organizations, and change to develop yourself and others, to lead change and to transform organizations and communities. In your major, you have six required courses, three required areas, and nine credits for major electives.


3. General Education | 46 Credit Hours

General education is about acquiring breadth of knowledge. You can think of it as knowing a little about a lot so that when you want or need to know more, you know where to look. At College Unbound, the General Education requirements mean that you will be able to use concepts and methods from across the liberal arts to interpret experience, make meaning, and act in the world. We divide the liberal arts into five areas at CU: civics, arts & humanities, science & math, social & behavioral science, and integrative & applied learning. Each area has two to four requirements.


4. Free Electives | 28 Credit Hours

Free electives allow you to pursue current or discover new interests.


5. Big 10 Leadership and Change Competencies | 10 Credit Hours

The Big 10 Leadership and Change competencies define the skills and capacities necessary for today’s leaders and change agents. You develop these across your learning experiences at College Unbound. To learn more about the Big 10, click here. To learn about the Big 10 portfolio process, click here.


Map Your Path to Degree Completion

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