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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:

  • Health Studies: Courses in nursing, anthropology, biology, kinesiology, philosophy, psychology, and sociology.
  • Leadership and Professional Studies: Courses in military science, organizational leadership, and up to 30 credit hours from the College of Business.
  • Liberal Arts and Social Sciences: Courses in liberal arts (Communications, English, History, International Studies, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theatre, and Visual Arts) and the social sciences (Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Military Science, Political Science, Sociology, and Social Work).
  • Teaching and Learning: Courses in education, sociology, philosophy, and psychology.

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.”

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The Know How

What you will know with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree from AUM

You’ll Be Prepared to Find a Career You Love

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.

You’ll Have Three Big Advantages

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.

You’ll Be Prepared For a Variety of Careers

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.

You’ll Learn Interdisciplinary Thinking For Your Life and Career

An interdisciplinary approach looks at ideas, big questions, and content from two or more disciplines (biology and psychology, for instance).

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Points of Pride

  • One of our recent BIS graduates, Amy LaPointe, said, “The smaller class sizes, amicable faculty and professors, and the friends I’ve made both in and out of classes are among my favorite parts of my experience at AUM.” Amy is pursuing a career as an artist or art tutor and intends to return to AUM soon to pursue either an additional undergraduate degree or a master’s degree.
  • aThe Interdisciplinary Studies program is led by Katie Waddell. Dr. Waddell has extensive experience in teaching, mentoring and advising college students. She earned her PhD in English from the University of Kentucky and formerly served as Assistant Professor of English at Florida SouthWestern State College.

Soaring Warhawks

  • Amber Horn, a 2020 graduate of the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program, concentrated her studies in Teaching and Learning with minors in Psychology and Sociology. She plans to pursue a career that allows her to work for a nonprofit in advocacy for children and women who are victims of domestic violence.
  • BIS graduate Airiana Carlos-Lee, age  23, won the Miss Alabama United States title in 2020.
  • Stacy Holley took a mix of psychology, sociology and social work classes in her Interdisciplinary Studies program and is now an HR professional.

Customize Your Concentration

  • Choose a minor in a field that might complement your BIS degree or deepen your expertise in a specific area. For instance, technology is used extensively in many fields, so a minor like Information Systems could enhance your resume and abilities.
  • Apply to the University Honors Program, a diverse community of students who take classes together, work on community service projects, and travel the U.S. and abroad.
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I was relieved when I switched to Interdisciplinary Studies.

Christina Buntyn
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Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth

Because you have so much freedom to “design your own degree,” you will have a wide range of career options. Contact us so we can get you the answers you need.

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.

Degree Options

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 TitleEntry-level EducationJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
Social Media/ Public Relations ManagerBachelor’s Degree13% (Faster than average)$118,430
Human Resource ManagerBachelor’s degree9% (As fast as average)$121,220
Sales ManagerBachelor’s degree7% (As fast as average)$132,290
Construction ManagerBachelor’s degree8% (Faster than average)$98,890
Training and Development ManagerBachelor’s degree7% (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.

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Quick Facts

Official Name of the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Modality

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.

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Required Courses

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.

The course listings below are only a few of the classes thisdegree requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Course NumberCourse NameWhat you will know…
IDSE 4000Interdisciplinary Capstone CourseIn 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.
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