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College of Arts and Sciences

Interdisciplinary Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies major is designed for students who want to pursue interdisciplinary studies without a major in a single department or in one of the structured interdepartmental degree programs. Students who are accepted into the Interdisciplinary Studies major pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS) degree or a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS) degree.

 These degrees are not intended to be a substitute for approved traditional major and minor programs. The BAIS and BSIS degrees are not available for students who do not qualify for traditional majors.

Students who wish to explore diverse academic areas often pursue the BAIS or BSIS degree program. The program of study is designed individually by each student and a committee of at least four faculty members from the student's areas of interest. After this initial meeting, the Chair of that Committee serves as the student's advisor of record. The other Committee members serve as resources for the student.

Students must apply and be accepted for this major through the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, College of Arts & Sciences.

Career choices vary widely for Interdisciplinary Studies majors. Career preparation should be tailored to each student according to individual needs. Interdisciplinary Studies majors also provide strong preparation for certain graduate and professional school programs.

For additional information on this program, including details on how to apply, contact:

Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, College of Arts & Sciences, 803-777-2993,

 Or Dawn Hiller (BAIS program information),

Dr. Loren Knapp (BSIS program information),

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