Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree


IMPORTANT Advising Announcement for current BIS students:   We are now advising for the summer and fall semesters.  Please contact the office at 256.765.5003 to schedule your advising appointment today.  

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree is designed primarily for non-traditional students returning to school and for those traditional students whose academic needs and occupational plans are not met with a current academic major or minor program. This degree program allows students a flexible and individualized path to completion of their Bachelor degree by offering areas of emphasis containing complementary courses from different academic disciplines across all academic colleges. Students will find that many courses in select areas of emphasis can be completed on-line. Oversight of the BIS degree program is provided through the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost as the program includes emphasis options from all four academic colleges in the University.

IMPORTANT The Department of Sociology and Family Studies recently received approval of their Family Life Educator Certificate Program. This is a solid interdisciplinary certificate program that can very easily become a featured element within the Interdisciplinary Studies student's Program of Study.  Please contact Dr. Robertson at 256.765.5006 if you have questions regarding this option.  


Why a BIS Degree?

Today's non-traditional student is often motivated to complete a bachelor's degree that complements their current occupation or prospects for advancement within that or a related occupation. Their work experiences have provided them with a skill-set but they may need an educational experience that exposes them to new concepts, applied technologies and practices related to their career trajectory. Additionally, they may seek improvement of important skill-sets such as writing, public speaking, critical thinking, computer programming or improved understanding of group behavior or intergovernmental relations.

Traditional students may also find the BIS degree attractive as they may want to pursue academic studies not currently reflected in a traditional major. They too may need a truly interdisciplinary experience that will better prepare them for a specialized graduate education or a unique entrepreneurial venture.

Consider how UNA's Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree may help you meet your goals for today and tomorrow. 



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