Online Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Overview of the Program
SUNO Online offers a 100% online Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree that provides students with a comprehensive, academically challenging liberal arts education curriculum. The Interdisciplinary Studies program allows students to adapt and combine courses from established traditional and non-traditional academic disciplines to fit their respective career plans. The curriculum provides students with core knowledge in the selected disciplines. The online degree is a 120 semester credit hour accelerated program that includes general education and minor courses. The following disciplines are available in the online BIS degree:
- Criminal Justice
- Addictive Behaviors Counseling and Prevention
- Political Science
- Health Information Management Systems
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the online Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, students have:
- the core knowledge, skills, and abilities required in the professions in the selected minors.
- the critical thinking skills that enable complex problem-solving.
- the communication skills necessary for advocacy and career advancement.
- the exposure to the various research methods.
- the exposure to the technology tools used in the 21st centurty professions.
- the exposure to the ethical principles and professional values in selected disciplines.
Career Opportunities, Professionalism, and Professional Development
The interdisciplinary approach to students’ development, and career plans links structured virtual field experiences with career exploration activities via guest speakers, cultural enrichment experiences, and professional/graduate school experiences. Students are encouraged to take advantage of early opportunities to build a professional network by joining professional associations, attending conferences and meetings. For specific professional organizations in the discipline areas, students should contact their departments.
Upon graduation, some students continue to graduate and professional programs. Interdisciplinary studies gives students more flexibility and choice when choosing graduate programs. Students interested in graduate school are strongly encouraged to participate in research opportunities at regional and national conferences in their minor areas.
Students must meet the University's requirements for undergraduate admission for first-time freshmen, transfer, or readmitted students. The requirements can be found at this link to the Undergraduate Admissions webpage. There are no separate requirements for admission to the Interdisciplinary Studies degree program.
To earn the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, students must:
- Complete 120 semester credit hours.
- Complete 63 semester credit hours of criminal justice core and elective courses.
- Complete 39 semester credit hours of the courses in the General Education curriculum.
- Complete 18 semester credit hours of general electives.
- Complete the minor courses with a grade of "C" or better.