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UNCP’s new BIS degree is for non-traditional students

July 31, 2008

Non-traditional students interested in going back to school for a degree should consider the new Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree (BIS) now being offered at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

The degree is specifically designed for persons who have an Associate’s degree in Applied Arts or Sciences and want a four-year degree.

“Community college graduates used to lose the credits when they transferred,” said Dr. Ramin Maysami, UNCP’s BIS director. “Now, they have a new option.”

At UNC Pembroke, credits previously earned count towards a four-year bachelor’s degree, Dr. Maysami said.

“The BIS degree is geared toward a different kind of student: one who earned a two-year ‘vocational’ degree, but who needs the knowledge, practiced skills and credibility that a bachelor’s degree provides,” said Dr. Maysami.

“This type of student will bring a wealth of real-world experience to his or her studies, a maturity and a sense of purpose that is often missing in the typical 18-year-old freshman in traditional studies,” he added.

The new BIS degree takes advantage of UNCP’s reputation as the place ‘where learning gets personal,” Dr. Maysami said. “UNCP classes already incorporate the experiences and maturity of non-traditional students, understanding that what they bring to the classroom can contribute mightily to the learning experience for their classmates.

“To that end, UNCP classes are known to incorporate lots of actionable, real-life experience of professors and students alike,” he continued.

Students accepted into the broad-based BIS degree program would be able to choose among a variety of majors, some of which contain multiple tracks. 

Current majors and tracks include:

  • Applied Professional Studies - Advertising, Community Recreation, Economic Development, Health Promotion, International Studies, Office Administration, Theatre
  • Applied Information Technology - Operations Management
  • Criminal Justice - Forensics, Sociology
  • Cultural Studies – Spanish
  • Family Studies – Spanish
  • Hispanic Commerce - Community Emphasis
  • Hospitality - Hotel and Restaurant Administration
  • Public & Non-Profit Administration - Accountancy, Communications, Public Management, Spanish

Students accepted into the BIS program can take classes at UNCP, Cape Fear Community College or online through UNCP or UNC Online.

Anyone interested in more information about the new BIS program at UNCP should visit www.uncpbisdegree.com or contact Dr. James Robinson, BIS associate director, or Dr. Ramin Maysami, BIS director, at bis@uncp.edu.