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 Education Studies

    • Learning and Development 
  • Applied Professional Studies
    • Advertising
    • Allied Health Leadership
    • Economic Development
    • Financial Administration
    • General (no track specified)
    • Office Administration
  • Applied Management Information Systems
    • Operations Management
  • Criminal Justice Studies
    • Applied Organization Management
    • Forensics
    • Sociology
    • Substance Abuse
  • General Studies
  • Hospitality
    • Resort, Hotel and Restaurant Administration
  • Public and Non-Profit Administration
    • General (no track specified)
    • Allied Health Administration
    • Financial Administration
    • Public Management
    • Substance Abuse

    BIS in Applied Education Studies

    The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Applied Education Studies is intended for those interested in obtaining a relevant and practical degree that provides practical experiences in educational and non-profit settings through field experience and internship opportunities and preparation for those interested in the field of education.  This flexible degree serves students with broad vision, who are interested in child and adolescent development, and who recognize the complexity of social problems. Grounded in the liberal arts, the programs’ major requirements include options for completion designed to enhance students’ interests and professional goals.

    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 six areas of specialization: General, Advertising, Allied Health Leadership, Economic Development, Financial Administration, and 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. 

    BIS in Applied Management Information Systems

    The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Applied Management Information Systems 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. 

    BIS in Criminal Justice Studies

    The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Criminal Justice Studies prepares graduates for a variety of criminal justice studies 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 four areas: Applied Organization Management, Forensics, Sociology, or Substance Abuse.  

    BIS in General Studies

    The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in General Studies is intended for those interested in obtaining a relevant and practical degree that provides advancement opportunities in their current employment, lifelong learning opportunities, and preparations for those who are starting or interested in changing their professional careers. The flexible degree serves students with broad vision, who are sensitive to values, and who recognize the complexity of social problems. Grounded in the liberal arts, the programs’ major requirements include two options for completion designed to enhance students’ interests and professional goals. 

    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. 

    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 five pre-set areas of specialization: General, Allied Health Administration, Financial Administration, Public Management, or Substance Abuse.  The program of study for the BIS in Public & Non-Profit Administration consists of five components.