The Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS) is an interdisciplinary degree program that reports directly to the office of Academic Affairs.
The BIS degree best suits the student who has developed a sense of his or her educational and life goals, and who is looking for ways to explore those goals through an individualized inquiry-based program. The BIS program served the needs of students who want to:
- Create a personalized academic program
- Obtain a broad liberal arts education
- Prepare for specific career goals and/or graduate school
Repko (2012) defined integrated studies as a process of answering questions, problem solving, and using inquiry to investigate issues too broad or complex to be addressed by a single discipline. Students must integrate and meld content knowledge, methodology, and problem-solving skills in completing their degrees.
Thus, BIS students select three academic emphases for in-depth study and work closely with University faculty to conceptualize, draft, and create Capstone Projects that meld and synthesis knowledge, methods, and creativity into a cohesive whole.
The mission of the BIS Department to is recruit, advise, and support students as they identify three academic areas of study; facilitate communications between students and mentoring faculty; and to prepare students to craft inquiry or service-learning Capstone Projects.
Repko, A. (2012). Interdisciplinary research process and theory. Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.