Acceptance into the BIS program is determined by the following criteria:

  • the student’s selection of a concentration area that does not reflect any existing major, linking clusters of courses and faculty where no structure or formal program exists;
  • the student’s selection of a concentration area that integrates knowledge and skills from at least two fields and disciplines resulting in an individualized program that is historical, regional, thematic or problem-based;
  • the student’s selection of a concentration that is supported and approved by a BIS faculty adviser and associated program faculty.

Students must take 38 hours from the General Education Curriculum and nine hours from the interdisciplinary studies core.

IDS 301: Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies (3 hours)
Students learn from a scholar-team how various disciplines can compliment one another to reach beyond the limitations of a single discipline. Students work on a seminar topic from a variety of perspectives to apply the tools and resources they have discovered and their concentrations.

IDS 401: Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3 hours)
Students research and design their own projects integrating their disciplinary and interdisciplinary training to advance knowledge in their areas of interest.

IDS 402: Capstone Experience in Interdisciplinary Studies (3 hours)
Students share their research experiences and learn how their skills can be applied beyond the university setting.

Interdisciplinary concentrations(36 hours)
Two concentrations at 18 hours each (or more as required) chosen from approved minors, certificates or programs and from at least two different disciplines across campus or one double concentration (36 hours) by time period, region or theme.

Existing concentrations:

  • American Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • International Studies
  • International Studies-Comparative Americas
  • Human Rights and Civil Liberties
  • Nonprofit Studies
  • Black Studies
  • Women’s Studies

Other possibilities:

  • Medieval Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Sustainability/ Environmental Studies
  • Katrina Studies
  • Latin-American Studies

Electives/third area (for a total 120 hours)
Students following a double concentration are required to study a disciplinary-based minor with their electives. All other students should consider more courses in their chosen concentrations or an additional minor in a related discipline.