Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Program of Study
All BIS majors design a program of study organized around a theme and grounded in two disciplines. The degree plan is the specification of this thematic program of study and is developed by the student in consultation with an advising committee. A degree plan:
- articulates the theme, topic, or issue that will be the focus of the BIS major’s program of study,
- identifies two grounding disciplines,
- lists long-term goals and learning objectives,
- identifies 24 hours of coursework, including courses from the two grounding disciplines as well as Interdisciplinary Methods (XIDS 3000) and Interdisciplinary Capstone (XIDS 4000),
- describes an idea for a capstone project (research, performance, exhibition, service learning, etc.).
The student’s advising committee consists of an interdisciplinary studies advisor and two disciplinary mentors, each representing one of the grounding disciplines. Both the student and the committee sign the degree plan as well as any subsequent revisions of it. Any BIS major with at least 60 hours must have a signed degree plan.