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Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

The College of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies

The College of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies emphasizes a broad and diverse view of liberal arts and education, empowering its students to become critically aware of human complexities, as well as social and educational institutions, and problems.

School of Education

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The School of Education is a part of the College of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies.  The School of Education offers the baccalaureate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. This degree program allows students to customize their degree by taking advantage of prior college coursework. Students are further engaged in upper level coursework that is rigorous and comprehensive. Upon completion of the degree requirements, graduates are well-prepared for graduate and professional schools, as well as the global workforce.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies is awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed 120 semester credit hours, including the following:

  • 60 semester credit hours of University general education requirements
  • 8 semester credit hours of required departmental courses
  • 10 semester credit hours of electives
  • 18-21 semester credit hours in Minor One
  • 18-21 semester credit hours in Minor Two

Special Requirements in the Major Coursework

Students must complete 45 semester credit hours of the elective and minor courses from 300-400 level courses.

Minors Offered in the Online Degree Progam

Students in the BIS Degree Program are required to select two minors. The following minors are offered in the online program: 

Psychology Criminal Justice Sociology
Introduction to Psychology Criminal Justice Introduction to Sociology
Elementary Statistics Policing in America Introduction to Population and Human Ecology
Abnormal Psychology Corrections Social Psychology
Social Psychology Criminal Law The Urban Community
Developmental Psychology Criminology The Sociology of Black Americans
Substance Abuse & Human Behavior Victimology Minority Group Relations
The African American Experience Senior Seminar Problems in Marriage & Family

For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Interdisiplinary Studies and course descriptions, refer to the University Catalog.

Academic Standards for BIS Students

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all required minor courses. To graduate, students must have a G.P.A. of 2.0 in the minor courses.

Admissions Requirements

To apply,  submit the online application and pay the $25 application fee. For specific requirements related to ACT Scores and GPA, consult the Undergraduate Admissions Fact Sheet. For more information on transfer admission, refer to the Southern University Online Admissions webpage.


Tuition and Fees

Eligible students may receive financial aid to help cover the cost of tuition. For more information on paying for your education, visit the Office of Financial Aid and information on the Tuition and Fees on the Southern University Online web page.  

Contacts For Additional Information and Questions

Online Admissions College of Humanities Online Student Services

TBA, Coordinator

Southern University Online



Jennifer Robertson,
Director of Interdisciplinary Studies Program



TBA, Coordinator

Southern University Online