Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Beyond the core curriculum, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies’ students have flexibility in choosing courses in interdisciplinary study areas that are of interest to them. This curriculum allows the student an opportunity to choose an array of courses that focus on a particular concentration, theme, or discipline. The degree program allows students to combine fields of study to create a unique educational experience, and one that will benefit graduates as career professions are becoming more interdisciplinary. This approach encourages a broad-based education that is built on a student's interests, and it offers the opportunity to tailor a student's degree toward one or several career fields.
The plan of study requires the BIS student to complete a minimum of 34 semester hours of junior and senior level courses, a capstone course, and either a foreign language sequence (such as SPAN 1010 and 1020) or a math sequence beyond the core (such as MATH 1610 and 1620). Students will complete a university approved minor, certificate, or 12 hours in Nursing or Education. A minimum 2.00 grade point average must be achieved in the junior-senior level credits, and students must complete a minimum of 26 semester hours as a BIS major.
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- The AUM core curriculum
- Interdisciplinary studies
- Course work at the junior and senior levels (3000-4000)
During the freshman and sophomore years, each student completes the AUM core curriculum. The goals are to enable the student to communicate in a clear and reasoned manner, to grasp and apply the scientific method, to understand the history and dynamics of our culture, and to appreciate the issues that face our society and societies around the world. The core includes course work in English composition, literature, fine arts, sciences, mathematics, history and the social sciences. In addition to the University core, the School of Liberal Arts adds course requirements in computer literacy and a foreign language.
Beyond the core curriculum, the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies students choose courses in four interdisciplinary study areas:
- Natural sciences/mathematics
- Social/behavioral sciences
- Complementary study areas, such as business and education, excluded from the three areas indicated above.
The plan of study requires the BIS student to complete a minimum of 37 semester hours of junior and senior level courses. Of this number, at least 9 hours must be in the humanities and at least 9 hours must be in the social/behavioral sciences. A minimum 2.00 grade point average must be achieved in these junior-senior level credits.
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This curriculum allows the student an opportunity to choose an array of courses that focus on a particular interest, theme, or discipline. Such courses can enhance valuable learning skills that are useful in career opportunities after graduation.
For more information, please contact Dr. Alex Kaufman, Program Coordinator and Adviser, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-244-3228.