May 23, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Instructional Studies, BA

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A major in Instructional Studies provides a flexible path to a non-licensure education degree and provides a pathway to a broad range of instructional opportunities outside the traditional public school classroom. This major also offers students experiences in alternative settings, such as independent or private schools and non-profit organizations. The degree provides rigorous training and clinical experiences to prepare students for a career as an educator in non-public school settings. This major does NOT lead to a public school teaching licensure. The BA in Instructional Studies is a degree-only program option.

General Education Requirements (37 hours)

General Education Requirements  

Technical Requirements (3 Hours)

Choose One Area of Specialization (24-43 Hours)

(shaded courses are also in major)

Classroom Instructional Settings (Non-licensure): Elementary (34 Hours)

Classroom Instructional Settings (Non-licensure): Middle Grades (25 Hours)

Choose at Least 15 Credit Hours from One Area (15 Hours)

English/Language Arts

*Note that EDU 221  is required.

Social Studies

Classroom Instructional Settings (Non-licensure): Secondary Education (31 Hours)

Choose One 24-Credit Hour Specialty Below (24 Hours)

English/Language Arts

At Least 3 Additional Credit Hours from



Social Studies

Classroom Instructional Settings: Non-School Based (22-25 Hours)

Choose One Specialty Area Below


  • Select 15 elective credit hours from Natural Science courses

  • Select 15 elective credit hours from history courses

  • Select 15 elective credit hours from art courses

  • Select one of the following business minors: Management, Marketing or Finance
Create Your Own

  • 15-credit hour specialty area - Courses must be approved by the program coordinator.

Special Populations: Human & Community Education (30-32 Hours)

International Education Specialization (18 Hours)

General Elective Credits

(If Needed)

Total Credit Hours (Minimum) 128

On occasion, technical and/or program requirements may also meet specific core curriculum requirements. Please confer with your program advisor to determine which courses, if any, may be counted accordingly.

All Bachelors programs at Lenoir-Rhyne require at least 128 credit hours. If, in combination, core, technical, and program requirements do not generate at least 128 hours, additional credits must be completed to achieve 128 hours. These classes may be general electives, or a student may complete a minor or additional major

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