Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree
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IMPORTANT Advising Announcement for current BIS students: We are now advising for the summer and fall semesters. Please contact the office at 256.765.5006 to schedule your advising appointment today.
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree was 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 traditional academic major or minor program. After all, the world is rapidly changing and education has to change with it. Interdisciplinary degree programs have developed in response to new demands from employers and students that college graduates have diverse "ready-to-work" skills, the ability to think across traditional academic lines during periods of change and excellent communication and people skills. The BIS degree program stands ready to meet these demands. We offer 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. Our responsiveness to student and employer needs explains in part why UNA's BIS degree program is THE choice for so many adult learners today and for traditional students who need a unique academic program of study. "Start-to-Finish" is our motto and we stand ready to assist unique students with unique needs.
Apply with confidence that your BIS degree is developed with care around your goals and your interests. Since its inception in 2010, this fully accredited program has guided over 100 students to graduation. Approximately 30 BIS students, most over the age of 24, graduated during the Spring 2014 Commencement. "Start to Finish" is more than a motto, it's our organizational objective.
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.