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The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) provides students with an outstanding multidisciplinary preparation in the Arts and Humanities, while allowing them the flexibility to pursue specific academic areas of focus aligned to their personal interests and/or future career aspirations.

The proposed program would require students to complete the same core curricular requirements as students in more traditional majors. In the upper division, students designate three unique disciplines as concentrations and earn at least 15 credits in each, 9 of which must be in the upper division. Students will be encouraged to complete internships as a part of the upper division coursework that demonstrates synthesis of their concentration choices.

Students learn to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; to develop critical thinking skills; to practice creative problem solving capabilities; and to meld these acquired abilities with ethical thought and application.

The degree is an excellent foundation for entrance into graduate school – to pursue a Master’s degree in any field, including Interdisciplinary Studies – as well as a range of careers involving creative leadership and knowledge management.

UNIVERSITY CREDIT HOUR AND RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

All Baccalaureate degrees offered by IU Southeast requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper-level coursework (300-level or above). No more than 64 credit hours earned in accredited junior/community colleges may be applied toward a Baccalaureate degree. The University Residency Requirement dictates that students must complete no less than 26 credit hours at IU Southeast during their senior year and no less than 10 credit hours of coursework in the major field of study.

DEPARTMENT RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program enforces the University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements with no additions.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE REQUIREMENTS

All IU Southeast Baccalaureate degrees require 30 credit hours of General Education Core coursework. Students must select a course(s) to satisfy each category listed below. View the list of courses that satisfy the General Education Core requirements.

First Year Seminar Requirement (1 credit)

  • COAS S-104 First Year Seminar

Written Communications I (3 credits)

  • ENG W-131 Reading, Writing & Inquiry I or HON H-103 Honors Seminar: Common Intellectual Experience I (grade of C or better)

Written Communications II (3 credits)

  • Any approved course

Oral Communications (3 credits)

  • SPCH S-121 Public Speaking or HON H-104 Honors Seminar: Common Intellectual Experience II

Ethical Reasoning/Diversity (3 credits)

  • Any approved course or HON H-103 Honors Seminar: Common Intellectual Experience I

Central Issues, Ideas and Methods of Inquiry: Arts/Humanities (3 credits)

  • Any approved Arts or Humanities course

Central Issues, Ideas and Methods of Inquiry: Life/Physical Sciences (3 credits)

  • Any approved Life/Physical Sciences course with a lab

Central Issues, Ideas and Methods of Inquiry: Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)

  • Any approved Social/Behavioral Sciences course

Additional Course in Arts/Humanities (3 credits)

  • Any approved course from the B.A. list

Additional B.I.S. Requirements (6 credits)

Life/Physical Science (3 credits)

  • Any approved course from the B.A. list

Social/Behavioral Science (3 credits)

  • Any approved course from the B.A. list

Please note that several courses required for your Major may “double dip” with the general education core courses.

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Bachelor of Arts Distribution Requirements

In addition to the requirements stated in the General Education Core, students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete the following B.A. Distribution Requirements. There is no limit to the number of hours a student may take in any one discipline. In some rare instances, it is possible to "double dip" B.A. Distribution courses with some General Education Core courses and major courses. When "double dipping," the minimum grade required is the higher of the two. The additional distribution requirements are as follows:

  • Additional Ethical Reasoning/Diversity
    In addition to the three credit hours required for the campus general education Ethical Reasoning/Diversity requirement, choose one additional course for a minimum total of 6 credit hours in the Ethical Reasoning/Diversity. One course must be in Ethical Reasoning and one course must be in Diversity. (May not "double dip" with the General Education Core Ethical Reasoning/Diversity Requirement, the B.A. Distribution Historical Investigation Requirement, or the B.A. Distribution Social & Behavioral Science Requirement.)
  • Additional Natural Science
    In addition to the five credit hours (lecture + lab) required for the campus general education Natural Science requirement, choose one additional course for a minimum total of 8 credit hours in the natural sciences. One course must be in the life sciences and one course must be in the physical sciences.
  • Additional Social Science
    In addition to the three credit hours required for the campus general education Social Science requirement, choose one additional course in any discipline for a minimum total of 6 credit hours in the social/behavioral sciences. (May not "double dip" with General Education Core Social & Behavioral Science or the B.A. Distribution Historical Investigation requirement.)
  • Historical Investigation
    Two courses in Historical Investigation. (May not “double dip” with the additional Social & Behavioral Science for the B.A. Distribution requirements.)
  • Foreign Language
    All B.A. degree candidates must satisfactorily complete (D- or higher) four semesters of a single foreign language, or they must earn an achievement examination or placement test score sufficient for placement in foreign language classes at the 300 level or above.

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

Module Requirements (45 Credits; grade of C or better)

Upper Division Area of Focus 1
Two courses at the 200 level (6 credits) and three courses at the 300/400 level (9 credits).

Upper Division Area of Focus 2
Two courses at the 200 level (6 credits) and three courses at the 300/400 level (9 credits).

Upper Division Area of Focus 3
Two courses at the 200 level (6 credits) and three courses at the 300/400 level (9 credits).

General Electives (39 Credits, one must be at the 300-400 level)
12 courses at any level (36 credits) and at least one course at the 300/400 level (3 credits).

Campus Events

Bus Trip to IU Football vs. Michigan State (Kick-off TBD)

Bus Trip to IU Football vs. Michigan State (Kick-off TBD)

September 22nd, 2018

3:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Mental Health Screenings

Mental Health Screenings

September 24th, 2018

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Annual School of Business Golf Scramble

Annual School of Business Golf Scramble

September 28th, 2018

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention

Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention

September 29th, 2018

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Intramural Softball Registration Deadline

Intramural Softball Registration Deadline

October 3rd, 2018

5:00 PM - 5:01 PM

Common Experience Film Night: The True Cost

Common Experience Film Night: The True Cost

October 3rd, 2018

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Part-Time Job Fair

Part-Time Job Fair

October 4th, 2018

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Major and Career Exploration Workshop

Major and Career Exploration Workshop

October 4th, 2018

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Graduate Business Information Session

Graduate Business Information Session

October 4th, 2018

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Women's Self-Defense Class

Women's Self-Defense Class

October 4th, 2018

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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