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Office of Interdisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree provides educational opportunities not available through the existing, traditional degree programs. The Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies emphasizes an open learning experience and a wider perspective than traditional undergraduate majors. The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies offers the student the opportunity to participate in a flexible, coherent, academically sound, and goal-oriented education specific to the student's intellectual development and career aspirations. It is appropriate for those students who seek a thorough grounding in the traditional arts and sciences from an interdisciplinary perspective. The individualized focus and flexibility, of the program is ideal for students preparing to enter the workplace and for those who plan to continue their studies in graduate or professional school.

Within the framework of two foundation areas, a University-wide interdisciplinary studies sequence, and a multidisciplinary concentration, a student may draw upon the resources of all Schools of the University to create a degree program. In addition to organized courses, students must participate in the BIS Capstone to combine academic and practical experience.

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree is tailored to fit your dreams!

The BIS degree is intended for students whose academic interests might not be satisfied with existing majors. The BIS degree creates a specialized degree that bridges academic disciplines for a variety of career options. Students who graduate with this degree find employment in government, business and many unique fields. The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program allows students to combine coursework in two or more disciplines based on personal interest, the desire for self-improvement, career advancement or the need to prepare for study in a professional graduate program. Additionally, students who have taken a variety of courses at other colleges and universities but lack adequate credits for a traditional degree may find the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program allows them to use many of their previously earned credits.
Degree-seeking students will have their own professional BIS Advisor for their Area of Study for the duration of their program studies at Alabama State University.
The BIS degree is supervised by the Interdisciplinary Studies Director and the Interdisciplinary Studies Advisory Committee, which includes the dean of the college, and faculty and staff members who have academic and professional expertise in many fields.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS)

■ Enjoy a flexible degree program

■ Develop an individualized program of study

■ Use credit already earned

■ Earn a bachelor’s degree with greater career options and opportunities

■ Prepare for a career, a professional program or graduate school

■ Work closely with a faculty advisor to develop your own career path

Office of Interdisciplinary Studies Staff

Dr. Evelyn Hodge Dean
Dr. Parichart Thornton Director/Instructor
Mrs. Carolyn Davis Program Coordinator/Academic Advisor
Mrs. Thomasina Austin  Instructor
Dr. Shafonda Spain Instructor
Dr. Cynthia Steele Instructor
Ms. Jamica Croskery Writing Coach


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