Interdisciplinary Studies

BIS Majors

This is truly a broad-based degree and you can go in many directions. We call these directions tracks, and here are the kinds of things you can major in (click on major to view description):

  • Applied Professional Studies
    • Advertising
    • Allied Health Leadershipmajors
    • Economic Development
    • Financial Administration
    • Health Promotion
    • Office Administration
  • Applied Information Technology
    • Operations Management
  • Criminal Justice
    • Applied Information Technology
    • Forensics
    • Sociology
  • Hospitality
    • Resort, Hotel and Restaurant Administration
  • Public and Non-Profit Administration
    • General (no track specified)
    • Allied Health Administration
    • Communications
    • Financial Administration
    • Public Management
    • Spanish

 
BIS in Applied Professional Studies

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Applied Professional Studies prepares graduates with core competencies necessary for successful careers in for-profit business. Combined with solid training in communication and writing skills, these competencies include basic understandings of economics, finance, statistics, decision sciences, management and marketing. Beyond these core competencies, students receive training in one of seven areas of specialization: Advertising, Allied Health Leadership, Economic Development, Financial Administration, Health Promotion, or Office Administration.

Similar to other majors within the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree program, the BIS in Applied Professional Studies is intended for those interested in obtaining a highly relevant and practical degree that provides advancement opportunities in their current employment, and for those who are starting or interested in changing their professional careers. The program of study for the BIS in Applied Professional Studies consists of five components: General Education Requirements (44 hours); Core Requirements (21 hours), Track Requirements (15 hours), 30 hours upon verification of the student holding an Applied Associate Degree, and Electives (10 hours).


BIS in Applied Information Technology

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Applied Information Technology builds upon computer programming skills as core requirements, and augments such proficiencies with management of information technology and communication skills.  Courses in decision sciences such as operations management, statistics, and project management enhance these skills.  Graduates will be ready for a variety of practical careers requiring application of computers and computing/statistical skills to managerial decision making. The program of study for the BIS in Applied Information Technology consists of five components: General Education Requirements (44 hours); Core Requirements (30 hours), Track Requirements (15 hours), 30 hours upon verification of the student holding an Applied Associate Degree, and Electives (3 hours).


BIS in CRIMINAL JUSTICE

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Criminal Justice prepares graduates for a variety of criminal justice careers, including traditional police, courts, and corrections jobs in the public sector and ever expanding opportunities in the private sector. This major gives students an overall understanding of the organization and administration of the American criminal justice system and an academic concentration to enhance specific knowledge and skills in one of three areas: Applied Information Technology, Forensics, or Sociology.  The program of study for the BIS in Criminal Justice consists of four components: General Education Requirements (44 hours); Core Requirements (27 hours); Track Requirements (24 hours for Applied Information Technology, 26 hours for Forensics, or 24 hours for Sociology); and 30 hours upon verification of the student’s holding an Applied Associate Degree.


BIS in Hospitality

BIS in Hospitality prepares students for a variety of rewarding careers in the growing hospitality industry.  Equipped with entrepreneurial skills in addition to management, marketing, and strong communication proficiencies, graduates will be well-positioned for employment at managerial ranks in resorts and spas as well as restaurant and hotels. The program of study for the BIS in Hospitality consists of four components: General Education Requirements (44 hours), Core Requirements (30 hours), Track Requirements (16 hours), and 30 hours upon verification of the student holding an Applied Associate Degree.


BIS in Public and Non-profit Administration

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Public & Non-Profit Administration prepares graduates for a variety of careers in local, state, and national government and a variety of not-for-profit organizations, like social service agencies, hospitals, schools, religious organizations, and philanthropic foundations. This major gives students an overall understanding of the organization and administration of public and non-profit organizations and their relations with other local, state, national and international entities. Beyond this foundation, students may craft a specialization to fit their future career goals or  choose to receive training in one of four pre-set areas of specialization: Accountancy, Communication, Public Management, or Spanish.  The program of study for the BIS in Public & Non-Profit Administration consists of five components: General Education Requirements (44 hours); Core Requirements (24 hours);Track Requirements (18  hours for General, Allied Health Administration, Communication, Financial Administration or Spanish; 15 hours for Public Management); 30 hours upon verification of the student holding an Applied Associate Degree; and 4 to 7 hours for Electives.