From the director:
Once the students have established their concentration areas, they are charged with developing a research project that incorporates aspects of these concentrations. Over a three-course research design process, the students design, implement, and present their research, while also honing writing and speaking skills. The faculty members in this program are committed to engaged learning opportunities, so whenever possible, students’ projects involve actually going out into the community and volunteering their talents to see how their learning can be applied to real-life settings.
Student research projects range from documenting gang activity in the region to designing a charity fishing tournament. Students have made films, and coached baseball. They have surveyed teachers and served people in need. Students have developed activities for children and adults, including a blues camp, children’s museum programs, and a professional presence seminar.
The opportunities for learning and serving are endless and every project is designed to help the student reflect on his or her own abilities and how those could best be utilized in the world of work. Come join this exciting program! Imagine your future and make it happen!
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) undergraduate program allows students to create interdisciplinary specialties in preparation for careers in a world where complex issues demand multi-faceted knowledge and skills. With the help of an Interdisciplinary Studies faculty advisor, students will select courses from two or more disciplines and focus their program on the basis of a unifying issue, theme, or topic as an area of concentration. Students will work closely with faculty from each selected discipline to design a program meeting their diverse educational and career goals.
Acceptance into the BIS program is determined by the following criteria:
Interdisciplinary Studies students will develop individualized, coherent, intellectually challenging, cross-disciplinary academic plans, utilizing courses selected from departments at The University of Southern Mississippi.
IDS 301. Foundations of Interdisciplinary Inquiry. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 and permission of department; required to enroll. Course for majors only. Students learn from a scholar-team how various disciplines complement one another to reach beyond the limitations of a single discipline.
IDS 401. Integrative Research Methods and Design. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: IDS 301. Students research and design an individualized project integrating disciplinary and interdisciplinary training to advance knowledge in their selected concentration area.IDS 402. Internship in Interdisciplinary Studies-Capstone. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: IDS 401. Students share research experiences and apply interdisciplinary knowledge and skills beyond the university setting.