Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree

Areas of Emphasis

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.

Business – Students seeking a BIS degree with an emphasis in Business will obtain knowledge in an array of business disciplines. While not a degree in business, the BIS degree, emphasizing courses in business and related business professions, seeks to provide students with knowledge and skill sets suitable for a variety of occupations in corporate, non-profit, educational and government settings. Students selecting an area of emphasis in business will 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 health professions. This program is designed to broaden and deepen the understanding of health issues and does not 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. Students must be aware that 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.

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.

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 (http://www.una.edu/womensstudies/) 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 (http://www.una.edu/womensstudies/newsletters.htm) that is published for both UNA students and the larger community.