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.

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core Areas A - E)42
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major18
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
Environmental Biology
Diversity of Life
Introduction to Business
Comprehensive General Chemistry
Family Economic Environment
Child Development
Lifespan Development
Lifespan Development
Elementary Chinese I
Elementary Chinese II
Intermediate Chinese I
Intermediate Chinese II
Advanced Business Applications
Human Communication
Public Speaking
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
Engineering Graphics
Computing for Engineers
Program Design for Engineers
Introduction to Cinema
Apparel I
Elementary French I
Elementary French II
Accelerated Elementary French
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
Accelerated Intermediate French
Physical Geography
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
Historical Methods
Design Appreciation
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
College Trigonometry
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
Calculus I
Foundations of Numbers and Operations
Calculus II
Introduction to Media Writing
Introduction to Journalism
Music Appreciation
Nutrition and Health
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
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
Elementary Statistics
Building Materials and Systems
Theatre Appreciation
Fundamentals of Acting
Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Technical Communication
Additional courses as approved by advisor.
Major Requirements51-54
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 Course1
Capstone in Interdisciplinary Studies
Select 5-8 credit hours of Electives
Total Credit Hours124

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.