What is BSIS?
The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS) is a unique degree for the Delta region. It provides a program of study targeted toward students who desire a non-traditional approach to learning within a broad range of disciplines: the BSIS program allows students to prepare for careers requiring functional knowledge of multiple disciplines.
The BSIS is a university-wide degree program that enables students to create interdisciplinary specialties that prepare them for careers in a world that increasingly bridges academic disciplines. Students pursue two or three subject-area concentrations that represent academic interests they wish to integrate into a meaningful program.
A four-course core offers students the intellectual tools to identify connections between their concentrations and engage in interdisciplinary problem-solving. The interdisciplinary core is issues-driven and provides pragmatic and thought-provoking approaches to thinking, research, problem solving, and communication. Students, working with the program director, will choose two or three major areas of concentration.
For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies:
Go to the DSU 2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog and view pages 131-135 for description of the program and the four core classes; then go to page 53 for the general education requirements for every degree; then view pages 54-56 for the minors we have right now at DSU, which we are using initially as “tracks” or concentration areas. The minors are a great place for you to start to see if the classes you have will fit into a program; however, we are also working to develop “tracks” of concentration for you that may combine some of your previous or planned courses into a concentration that is not covered in the list of majors or minors. One thing to note: the courses that count towards your general education requirements cannot also be counted towards the tracks. You have to have 18, 18, 18 hours in three different areas, or 27, 27 in two areas, and they all have to be in addition to the general education requirements.
What else you should know about BSIS:
1. BSIS is a liberal arts degree (there are no specific careers or jobs that require a BSIS) – you will earn no certificates or licenses necessary for specific careers such as teaching or social work; you will have to convince employers of your skills (Career Services can help with that)
2. LIB 101 is now a Special Degree Requirement for BSIS.
3. You have the course work for three 18 hour concentrations or two 27 hour concentrations based on minors listed in the DSU Bulletin; you cannot “double dip,” i.e. hours in your concentrations are separate from your General Education requirements
4. There are four core courses for the degree (BIS 300, 310, 400, 410 – descriptions of the courses are in the DSU Bulletin)
5. You cannot take the core courses at the same time
6. You may be able to take the two 300-level courses at the same time and then the 400-level courses IF you have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher, you have satisfied the WPE or its equivalent requirement and you have completed the General Education English Literature and History courses
7. You must earn a 2.5 or above GPA in each concentration and in the BSIS core courses. If you earn below a C in a BSIS core course you must repeat it before taking the next in the sequence.
8. BSIS is ideal for students with a clear purpose and who are critical thinkers and independent scholars; those who are not are not well suited for BSIS as you are required to research, create and complete an original capstone project
1. Fill out the intake form (PDFFiles/Interdisciplinary Studies/BSISStudentInfo.pdf) and attach a copy of your unofficial transcript(s) (due to privacy laws, the director of BSIS cannot access students’ transcripts unless they are advisees); leave it at the BSIS office (BA 211) so that the director can evaluate the transcript(s)
2. Wait 24-48 hours for the transcript evaluation to be emailed to you
3. Once you have received the transcript evaluation, think it over. If you are still interested in pursuing the BSIS degree, go to the BSIS webpage, and fill out the appointment form to make an appointment with the director of BSIS; wait for confirmation of the appointment and then attend the appointment