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Do you want a set of individually-tailored courses that will lead to a bachelor’s degree in a field you are passionate about? Or, do you already have credit hours in a field you want to pursue, but need a flexible path to your degree?
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) is a distinctive degree plan designed to serve students with unique needs or academic interests. The flexibility of the program makes it ideal for students returning to the university to complete a degree or those who have completed significant credit hours at another institution, military service school, or in another degree plan.
We want you to succeed in your Interdisciplinary Studies program, so you have a choice: an individually-tailored plan of study that aligns your interests with your future pursuits OR one of these concentrations that will help you focus your custom degree plan in a multidisciplinary area of study:
Here’s what Interdisciplinary Studies graduate Christine Buntyn had to say about her experience:
“When I first met with my advisor, I was able to really map out my degree plan, and I felt like my advisor really listened to me. It was like having a weight lifted off you and having that renewed sense of knowing where you’re going and why you’re doing it.”
The Know How
What you will know with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree from AUM
As a graduate of this program, you’ll have the knowledge to sample different career paths until you discover one you’re passionate about. Then, you’ll have the option of developing deeper expertise with an advanced degree.
The Interdisciplinary Studies program allows you to customize your education, develop a broad multidisciplinary perspective, and cultivate skills that transfer across careers and educational pathways.
Many employers are not looking for you to have a specific type of bachelor’s degree. Instead, they are looking for someone who can think critically, write proficiently, and communicate clearly. You’ll learn these skills and more in this program.
An interdisciplinary approach looks at ideas, big questions, and content from two or more disciplines (biology and psychology, for instance).
Points of Pride
Customize Your Concentration
Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth
You may just have too many interests to focus on one discipline, or, you may have switched degrees a couple times and collected various credits that don’t automatically fit into an existing degree plan. Many students are able to graduate on time by applying those credits to the BIS program.
Many of our students say “flexibility.” Not only is the curriculum flexible (because you have a big say in how it’s designed), but the career fields you can pursue are many and diverse.
Students are required to take 40 hours of upper level (junior- and senior-level) classes. You can take almost any course from any department, but there are two dedicated Interdisciplinary Studies courses, plus a capstone class in your final semester, resulting in your Interdisciplinary Studies Research Project.
Is a Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies Right for Me?
With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.
|Career/Job Title||Entry-level Education||Job Growth 2020-2030||Annual Median Salary|
|Social Media/ Public Relations Manager||Bachelor’s Degree||13% (Faster than average)||$118,430|
|Human Resource Manager||Bachelor’s degree||9% (As fast as average)||$121,220|
|Sales Manager||Bachelor’s degree||7% (As fast as average)||$132,290|
|Construction Manager||Bachelor’s degree||8% (Faster than average)||$98,890|
|Training and Development Manager||Bachelor’s degree||7% (As fast as average)’||$120,130|
Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Official Name of the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.
To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, communication, and electives. Contact the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.
|Course Number||Course Name||What you will know…|
|IDSE 4000||Interdisciplinary Capstone Course||In your final semester, this course will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your command of your subject matter and create an Interdisciplinary Studies Research Project.|