Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

At Southern Miss, you can design an academic path that incorporates your interests and talents through the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS). In the BIS, you take charge of your own learning. You may select two concentrations from the many minors offered across campus; or select one 36 hour concentration; or design your own approved concentration in IDS 201.  These concentrations may be specific disciplines; or they may incorporate an organizing principle like gender studies or non-profit studies; or be organized by time period or geographic region like Southern Studies or Early American Studies.

Once you have established your concentrations, you will develop a research project that incorporates (and often redefines) knowledge from your concentrations. Over a three-course research design process, you will design, implement, and present your research, while also honing writing and speaking skills. The faculty members in this program are committed to engaged learning opportunities, and we encourage projects that involve service learning and applying knowledge in real-life settings.

Core Classes

All IDS Students are required to complete the following core classes:

  • IDS 201: “Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar”: This one-credit hour class, taken during the student’s first semester in the major, introduces core interdisciplinary principles and culminates in the creation of the student’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree plan.
  • IDS 350: “Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies”: Taught by faculty members from across the curriculum, this class gives students the opportunity to explore various topics from an interdisciplinary point of view. Can be taken concurrently with IDS 201.
  • IDS 301: “Foundations of Interdisciplinary Inquiry”: This variable-themed class introduces students to the nature of interdisciplinary theory and interdisciplinary research methods. (Prerequisites: IDS 201 and IDS 350)
  • IDS 401: “Integrative Research Methods and Design”: In this course, students design a research project that integrates their concentration coursework. (Prerequisite: IDS 301.)
  • IDS 402: “Integrative Capstone Experience”: in this course, Students execute and present the substantial integrative research project designed in IDS 401. (Prerequisite: IDS 401).


Interdisciplinary Concentrations