Sample Programs for BIS
A Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree program can be devised from any combination of approved courses that reflect a student’s individual intellectual focus or career goal. The Statement of Educational Purpose should explain how these courses are linked together.
A BIS degree program may be developed from existing courses at UMSL, often including a Minor or a Certificate. Such programs of study may include Advertising, Environmental Studies, Evolutionary Studies, Exercise Science, Gender Studies, International Affairs, International Relations, Nonprofit Management, Pre-Optometry, Public Relations, Radio and Television, Trauma Studies, and Writing (Creative, Professional or Technical). Please click a link on the left to see a brief description of UMSL courses related to those subjects. This course list is subject to change; please consult the right-hand link to “UMSL Majors, Minors, Certificates” to see the current Bulletin description.
In other cases, a student may create a BIS degree program using courses that are not taught at UMSL, but are transferred in from other accredited colleges or universities. The remaining courses are selected from existing UMSL courses. In those cases, courses may be accepted for transfer credit even if they are not offered at UMSL, as long as they are justified by the student’s Statement of Educational Purpose.