Frequently Asked Questions about Interdisciplinary Studies

Who is my primary contact person?

Dr. Craig Robertson is the Director of the Department of Interdisciplinary and Professional Studies.  He is responsible for assisting students interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree program and he serves as the primary academic advisor for BIS students.  Contact information for Dr. Robertson is provided on this and all other pages on this website.

Can I complete all credit hours on-line?

UNA's general education requirements can be completed on-line. Within the BIS degree, on-line course completion will depend greatly on the area of emphasis selected.  Many courses in Business, the Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences are available on-line.  Courses that traditionally have involved studio or laboratory experiences are taught through in-class instructional methods.  Whether one chooses on-line or traditional in-class courses, BIS students are encouraged to become engaged with the University and to make extensive use of campus services.

What courses are required to earn the BIS degree?

Like all UNA students, BIS students must complete the general education requirements. BIS students will also complete 42 credit hours within their selected area of emphasis with 24 of those hours involving 300-400 level courses.  BIS students are required to complete IDS 199 (Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies, 1 credit hour) and IDS 499 (Capstone, 3 credit hours).  Both these requirements can be met on-line.

What is an "Area of Emphasis"?

The BIS degree program revolves around seven areas of emphasis.  Those are Arts, Business, Health, Humanities, Organizational Leadership (NEW TO UNA), Social and Behavioral Sciences, Technology and Women's Studies.  Students are generally drawn to a particular area as it matches their personal interests, current or future occupation or and graduate/professional school plans.  In close consultation with their academic advisor, students develop a program of study containing courses offered by multiple departments that clearly relate to the selected area and also expose them to important applied general or closely related specialized topics of study.  For example, a student may be very much interested in opening a fine arts studio that focuses on teaching art and music to developmentally disabled adults.  Such a student will benefit from the BIS degree program as a practical alternative to the traditional art and music degree because they would be free to take necessary classes in art and music while also taking valuable courses in physical education, behavioral sciences and business.

Revised 2/7/17