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Interdisciplinary Studies

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary (B.S.I.S)

College: University College


The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS) degree is designed to offer highly motivated and self-directed students the opportunity to design their own major. As an alternative to traditional majors, the BSIS Program allows students to pursue their educational goals in areas not available within existing departmental curricula. With the help of a faculty sponsor, students select courses on the basis of a unifying issue, topic, theme, culture, period, or question which is considered the thematic study. Approved thematic courses must be interdisciplinary in nature, pull from at least two fields or disciplines, and may not duplicate an existing major. Courses may be chosen from any of the departments within the University.

Experiential learning is strongly encouraged. Students may seek national exchange and study abroad opportunities, internships, and independent studies as part of their thematic coursework. Each student’s program of study is developed with the advice and approval of both the student’s chosen faculty sponsor and a BSIS advisor. Students seeking a minor must use classes independently of those used in an area of emphasis. Students seeking a double major concurrently with their Interdisciplinary Studies degree or students who have completed a degree and are returning to complete a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies may only apply their general education courses toward additional second program of study.

Admission Process

Admission standards for students seeking to enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies are similar to those required of applicants who seek to enroll in other four-year programs of this university.

 Admission into the program requires a minimum of a 2.50 GPA, 30 earned credit hours, a completed application, and acceptance by the Dean of the University College. Students are also responsible for complying with the general academic regulations of the university as well as all other university policies and requirements. BSIS majors must complete ENG 1003 with a grade of "C" or better before enrolling in ENG 1013 and  complete ENG 1013 with a grade of "C" or better.

The requirements for the BSIS major are as follows:

  1. A formal proposal written during the student’s enrollment in Introduction to Interdisciplin­ary Studies (IDS 2013), a three credit class.
  2. Completion of  a 45 hour thematic study with at least 36 of the hours completed in related upper-level courses (numbered 3000 or above). Thematic study courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.
  3. Students must complete 6 hours of foreign language or cultural studies coursework.
  4. Completion of 18 hours of Interdisciplinary Studies core coursework.