Interdisciplinary Studies B.I.S.
Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours
See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) degree provides opportunities for 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.
|General Requirements (Core Areas A - E)||42|
|Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major||18|
|Select 18 credit hours of courses appropriate to Concentration and Minor programs of study from the following:|
|Survey of Accounting|
|Principles of Accounting I|
|Principles of Accounting II|
|Introduction to Anthropology|
|Elementary Arabic I|
|Elementary Arabic II|
|Intermediate Arabic I|
|Intermediate Arabic II|
|Art History I|
|Art History II|
|Diversity of Life|
|Introduction to Business|
|Comprehensive General Chemistry|
|Family Economic Environment|
|Elementary Chinese I|
|Elementary Chinese II|
|Intermediate Chinese I|
|Intermediate Chinese II|
|Advanced Business Applications|
|Media and Society|
|Introduction to Criminal Justice|
|Introduction to BASIC Programming|
|Introduction to Java Programming|
|Principles of Microeconomics|
|Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education|
|Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts|
|Exploring Learning and Teaching|
|World Literature I|
|World Literature II|
|American Literature I|
|American Literature II|
|The Language of Film|
|Computing for Engineers|
|Program Design for Engineers|
|Introduction to Cinema|
|Elementary French I|
|Elementary French II|
|Accelerated Elementary French|
|Intermediate French I|
|Intermediate French II|
|Accelerated Intermediate French|
|World Regional Geography|
|Dinosaurs, Extinctions and Disasters|
|Principles of Oceanography|
|Elementary German I|
|Elementary German II|
|Accelerated Elementary German|
|Intermediate German I|
|Intermediate German II|
|Accelerated Intermediate German|
|Introduction to International Studies|
|Introduction to Information Technology|
|Introduction to Web Technologies|
|Web Page Development|
|Elementary Japanese I|
|Elementary Japanese II|
|Accelerated Elementary Japanese|
|Intermediate Japanese I|
|Intermediate Japanese II|
|Accelerated Intermediate Japanese|
|Elementary Latin I|
|Elementary Latin II|
|Accelerated Elementary Latin|
|Intermediate Latin I|
|Intermediate Latin II|
|Accelerated Intermediate Latin|
|Legal Environment of Business|
|Foundations of Numbers and Operations|
|Introduction to Media Writing|
|Introduction to Journalism|
|Nutrition and Health|
|Introduction to Philosophy|
|Introduction to Ethics|
|Introduction to Psychology|
|Research and Analysis I|
|Cognition and Language|
|Introduction to Recreation|
|Introduction to Religious Studies|
|Introduction to Sport Management|
|Social Issues of Sport|
|Elementary Spanish I|
|Elementary Spanish II|
|Accelerated Elementary Spanish|
|Intermediate Spanish I|
|Intermediate Spanish II|
|Accelerated Intermediate Spanish|
|Building Materials and Systems|
|Fundamentals of Acting|
|Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies|
Additional courses as approved by advisor.
|For the major, students may choose one of the following two options: 1|
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|
Business, Communication Arts, Criminal Justice and Criminology, Culture and Society, Education, Entrepreneurship, History, Individual Emphasis, International Studies, Irish Studies, Latin American Studies, Modern Languages (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Spanish), Music, Nonprofit Management, Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Sociology, Sustainability, and Writing 3
|Required Capstone Course||1|
|Capstone in Interdisciplinary Studies|
Select 5-8 credit hours of Electives
|Total Credit Hours||124|
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.
The individual emphasis is for students who have previously earned credit that has been accepted by the University in an area of study at the 3000 level or higher that can be used as a concentration once approved and submitted by an academic advisor for approval to the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. The individual emphasis is not considered available for use towards graduation credit until fully approved. Students in the face to face or fully online BIS program may seek to have Individual emphasis approved on campuses where their specific, declared BIS major is offered.
Concentrations may only be available for students who have as their major the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies or the Online Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies.
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.
Undergraduate Academic Advisement at Georgia Southern is provided to all degree-seeking undergraduate students by professional advisors. Academic Advisors are located on all three Georgia Southern University campuses. Students are required to meet with their assigned Academic Advisor at least once a semester. For more information visit the Academic Advisement catalog page.