Interdisciplinary Studies B.I.S.
Degree Requirements: 126 Credit Hours
See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) degree with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies provides opportunities for non-traditional college students who are interested in combining a liberal arts background with some degree of specialization. It offers a solid core curriculum program along with the freedom to choose from a wide range of concentrations.
While the Interdisciplinary Studies degree allows for study in several areas, it is organized to provide an academically sound program with carefully planned concentrations. The student who earns this degree will have achieved a broad-based education in a fully accredited program.
|Area A1 - Communication Skills|
|Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum||6|
|Area A2 - Quantitative Skills|
|Select 3 credit hours from Area A2 of the Core Curriculum||3|
|Area B - Global Engagement|
|Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum||4|
|Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics|
|Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum||6|
|Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology|
|Select 11 credit hours from Area D of the Core Curriculum||11|
|Area E - Social Sciences|
|Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum||12|
|Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major|
|Select 18 credit hours of courses appropriate to Concentration and Minor programs of study, as approved by advisor||18|
|Health and Physical Education Activities|
|HLTH 1520||Healthful Living||2|
|Physical Education Activities||2|
|FYE 1220||First-Year Seminar||2|
|For the major, students may choose one of the following two options: 1||51-54|
Three (3) concentrations of 18 credit hours each from the list of approved concentrations below.
Two (2) concentrations of 18 credit hours each from the list of approved concentrations below and one (1) 15-credit hour minor (refer to minors and interdisciplinary minors in Catalog).
|Approved Concentrations: 2|
Africana Studies, American Studies, Business, Communication Arts, Culture and Society, Education, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Sustainability, Individual Emphasis, International Studies, Irish Studies, Justice Studies, Modern Languages (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Latin, Spanish), Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Sociology, Southern Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Writing
|Required Capstone Course|
|IDS 4111||Capstone in Interdisciplinary Studies||1|
|Select 5-8 credit hours of Electives||5-8|
|Total Credit Hours||126|
Of the total number of credit hours for the major, 42 of the credit hours must be at the upper division level.
Note: Please check with B.I.S. advisor for detailed information on Approved Concentrations.
Other Program Requirements
- Students must have a 2.0 total institutional GPA overall and a total GPA of 2.0 in each concentration (or minor).
- Students must choose concentrations and minors from different disciplines.
Other Program Information
- Foreign Language - Although foreign language is optional in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree, students who wish may include Foreign Language in Area F, as well as choose a minor or concentration in Foreign Language.
The program is administered by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Students are advised in the CLASS Advisement Center, located in the Carroll Building, Room 2244. Contact: CLASS Advisement Center at (912) 478-7740.