Interdisciplinary Studies Areas of Emphasis

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Arts – Students seeking a BIS degree with an arts emphasis will benefit from an array of courses in related fields such as graphic design or visual and performing arts that develop creative and critical thinking skills.  English classes focused on improving reading comprehension, creative and technical writing are also recommended.  As many students in the Arts must, by necessity, be entrepreneurs, courses focused on marketing and business administration can be extremely beneficial.

Business – Students seeking a BIS degree with an emphasis in Business will obtain knowledge from traditional business courses but are expected to take that knowledge and apply it to professions one may find in higher education, the non-profit sector, social and human service agencies or government (e.g., emergency management, criminal justice, business development, tourism). Students selecting an area of emphasis in business may complete a maximum of 30 semester hours from courses offered by the College of Business and a minimum of 12 semester hours of supporting coursework offered outside the College of Business.

Health – Students seeking a BIS degree with an emphasis in Health investigate health-related issues from a number of perspectives – including natural sciences, social sciences, education, and traditional health professions.  It is not designed to prepare students for any specialized or licensed health profession. Some students will find this program an attractive route to preparation for further study in the health professions such as Health Care Administration or Public Health Education. Courses in this area may require background clearance checks.

Humanities – Students seeking a BIS degree with an emphasis in Humanities draw from a number of disciplines that study the human condition through literature, history, philosophy and the arts. Students gain an understanding of the vast array of topics within these disciplines. The degree can satisfy personal interests, prepare one for graduate studies or for work in careers built on a liberal arts base.

Organizational Leadership (NEW TO UNA) - Students seeking a BIS degree with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership will progress through a curriculum that integrates knowledge and skill-sets from multiple academic departments and is organized around interpersonal relations, globalization, data management and analysis and a direct professional experience or internship

Social and Behavioral Sciences – Students seeking a BIS degree with an emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences gain exposure to multiple disciplines and bases of knowledge common to human and social service occupations as well as knowledge related to legal studies, public policy and counseling. A broad array of courses from natural sciences, social sciences, education, and health professions are included to provide student maximal flexibility and opportunities.

Technology - Students seeking a BIS degree with an emphasis in Technology receive training in a diverse range of related fields with technological applications.  With proper training in computer science and information systems, students may pursue upper-level credit through courses offered at the Robotics and Technology Park of Alabama (an AIDT Training Center).

Women's Studies  - Students seeking a BIS degree with an emphasis in Women's Studies will develop a program of study that crosses a number of disciplines addressing women’s struggles and achievements, locally and globally, historically and ongoing. Required enrollment in WS 100 (Introduction to Women’s Studies) and WS 495 (Senior Seminar in Women’s Achievement and Theory) will enhance the student’s individualized program of study and result in an applied community-building outreach opportunity. Students will learn to embrace and celebrate the diversity of women’s identities and experiences across categories that include ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, social class, and abilities. Disciplines appropriate for the interdisciplinary Women’s Studies emphasis include literature, history, psychology, political science, nursing, education, sociology, criminal justice, and the arts. The degree can satisfy personal interests, prepare one for graduate studies or for work in a number of careers.  Such careers may involve the health professions, public recreation, human resources management, entrepreneurship, social services, counseling and the legal system.

Students interested in this Area of emphasis are encouraged to visit the Women's Center on the UNA campus.  The Women's Center also supports and maintains an informative campus website ( with valuable links to campus and community resources organized around issues facing contemporary women.  Finally, you will find more information about the Women's Center and Women's Studies from the Center's informative newsletter ( that is published for both UNA students and the larger community.

Again, don't feel that you're alone in reaching an understanding of this information.  Call Dr. Craig Robertson (256.765.5006) or e-mail him ( to schedule a phone consultation or in-office visit.

Revised 2/7/17