Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.)
*Effective Fall 2020, this program is being phased out and has a 3-year teach out plan. More information can be found here.
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree focuses on the development of broad intellectual abilities and skills rather than a large concentration within a traditional academic discipline. This degree option may be of special interest to:
- students seeking a degree tailored to specific interests not accommodated in an established MWSU major;
- students who plan, upon graduation, to enter graduate or professional school; and
- students transferring into MWSU with an AS or AAS degree.
Students who choose this degree option will work with three faculty members to determine the courses that will constitute their BIS-degree programs. This three-person faculty committee will be selected by the chairperson of the department with the 24-credit concentration in consultation with the student. The committee must include:
- one representative from the department with the 24-credit concentration;
- one representative from the department with the 12-credit concentration; and
- one other faculty member.
The faculty member from the department of the 24-credit concentration will serve as the chairperson of the committee, will be responsible for scheduling necessary meetings, and will submit the BIS-degree proposal to the college dean. BIS-degree program proposals must be submitted to the college dean responsible for the department offering the 24-credit concentration. Submission deadlines are: the first Friday in October, the last class day of the Fall Semester, the Friday before Spring break, and the last class day of the Spring Semester. Prior to receiving final approval by the college dean, a committee composed of the Dean of the Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Dean of Professional Studies, and a total of four faculty, with at least two representatives from each college, will review and approve all proposed degree programs. Notice of program acceptance will be returned within three weeks of the submission deadline, prior to the next scheduled pre- registration or regular registration session.
|Students must complete General Studies courses||42-47|
|Select at least one course from each of the following areas:||21|
|Area One - Writing:|
|Creative Writing: Prose|
|Creative Writing: Poetry|
Course officially designated as Writing Intensive
|Area Two - Analytical and Critical Thinking:|
|Argumentation and Debate|
|Reasoning and Argumentation|
|History and Philosophy of the Natural Sciences|
|Area Three - Computer Literacy and Technological Innovation:|
|Technology and Society|
|Introduction to Music Technology|
and Topics in Computer Music Applications
Course officially designated as Computer Intensive
|Area Four - Appreciation and Tolerance for Diversity:|
|Literature in English: 1860-1945|
|Literature in English : 1945-Present|
|History of Latin America|
|Selected Topics in Religion|
|Selected Topics in Comparative Philosophy|
|Racial and Ethnic Relations|
|Area Five - Ethical and Moral Issues:|
|Media and Society|
|Contemporary Political Philosophy|
|Topics in Ethical Theory|
|Foundations of Professional Ethics|
|War, Peace, & Religion|
|Selected Topics in Peace & Conflict Studies|
|Area Six - Aesthetic Appreciation:|
|Aesthetics and the Arts|
|History of Theatre|
Applied Music or Music Ensemble 1
|Area Seven - Personal Growth and Welfare:|
|Small Group Communication|
|Psychology of Personal Adjustment|
|Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine|
|First Concentration 2||24|
|Second Concentration 3||12|
All three credit hours must be with one instrument or the same ensemble.
This concentration requires 12 upper-division credit hours in one discipline (one course must be an in-depth study of methods of investigation in that discipline). No more than 2 courses used to satisfy the 7 Areas may be used in either concentration. Students may substitute an A.S. or A.A.S. degree for this concentration.
This concentration requires 9 upper-division credit hours from a second discipline or 12 credit hours of one foreign language. No more than 2 courses used to satisfy the 7 Areas may be used in either concentration.
- Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
- Earn a minimum of 45 credit hours in upper-division courses. Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
- Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
- Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
- Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.00 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
- Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
- Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.