The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree provides educational opportunities not available through the existing, traditional degree programs. The purpose of the program is to offer students an avenue by which they may take advantage of the rich offerings available in the several colleges at the university. An individual student, in consultation with a faculty adviser, may tailor a program of study that meets his or her particular educational needs, desires, and interests.
A student can pursue either a college-planned or a student-planned interdisciplinary program. The established college-planned programs address the needs of many students interested in a multidisciplinary, non-traditional education. Existing areas of concentration include Arts Administration-Speech/Theatre, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Environmental Science, International Studies, Italian Studies, Law and Society, Middle East Studies, and Theatre. Information about the B.I.S. program, including program options and the application process, is available from the college's Office of Academic Assistance, 418 General Classroom Building, 404/413-5000.
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree provides educational opportunities not readily available through traditional departmental degree programs. Students have flexibility in developing a course of study appropriate to their goals by selecting courses from several departments/schools/institutes in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students may also include courses from other colleges of this university in their interdisciplinary program.
It is not the function of the interdisciplinary program to pull together an assortment of course work as a last-minute effort to facilitate a student's graduation. A proposal should be planned by the time a student has earned 42 credit hours and should reflect a logical, consistent course of study that is based on acceptable and germane student objectives.
Applicants to the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program must satisfy the admission requirements for Georgia State University and, in addition, must have a Georgia State cumulative grade-point average of 2.0. Matriculation into the program can occur only after the B.I.S. Council approves a student's program of study. There is a special application procedure for this degree program and faculty advisement is a mandatory component of this process.
There are two options in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program, the student-planned option and the college-planned option. Descriptions are listed below.
No more than 12 hours of the requirements in an area of concentration (Area G), and no more than 6 hours of the requirements in an allied field (Area H), may be taken from the offerings of any single discipline in the university. Courses in the area of concentration (Area G) and allied field (Area H) must be at the 3000-4000 level. Also, a grade of C or higher is required in all courses in the area of concentration (Area G) and allied field (Area H). Electives are used to build the hours in Areas G-J to 60 hours, have 39 hours at Georgia State University taken at the 3000-4000 level for residency, and complete 120 hours required for graduation. The last 27 semester hours prior to graduation must be completed while formally enrolled in the program.
Students may choose the option to propose their own program of study for approval by the B.I.S. Council responsible for the oversight of the degree. Students may select their proposed courses from any college in the university, as long as at least 50 percent of the hours in the program are chosen from courses in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students should have their proposed student-planned programs reviewed by the B.I.S. Council by the time they have earned 42 hours.
To gain approval into the program, students must articulate a reasonable and educationally justifiable course of study. Proposed interdisciplinary degree programs cannot resemble current programs offered at the university. Students interested in initiating the application process must first schedule an appointment with an academic adviser in the Office of Academic Assistance (404/413-5000). Students must also select an appropriate faculty adviser to provide guidance in developing the interdisciplinary program.
Course of Study Outline for Student-Planned Programs:
Areas A-E: Core Curriculum (42)
All undergraduate students satisfy a common core curriculum. These requirements are printed in the "Academic Regulations" section of this catalog.
Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major Field (18)
Courses in this area should be included in the program proposal. The courses selected for this area must be at the lower-division level and judged to be programmatically appropriate to the intent of the proposed program. Foreign Language 1002 must be included in Area F of all student-planned programs, except for those in science.
Area G: Area of Concentration (similar to a traditional major area, except interdisciplinary in content).
Area H: Allied Field (similar to a minor, except interdisciplinary in content).
Area J: Electives
When developing a student-planned program, the student may choose one of the following structures:
Program Plan Structure One: An area of concentration (27-33 semester hours) with an allied field (15-21 semester hours) and electives (6-18 semester hours).
Program Plan Structure Two: An area of concentration (27-33 semester hours) with two allied fields (15-21 semester hours each).
Program Plan Structure Three: Two areas of concentration (27-33 semester hours each).
Students may choose a program designed by the College as follows: Arts Administration–Speech/Theatre, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Environmental Science, International Studies, Italian Studies, Law and Society, Middle East Studies, and Theatre. For information about the college-planned programs, see the alphabetical list of majors later in this chapter of this catalog. Environmental Science has specific core curriculum requirements listed.