The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies is an individualized and interdisciplinary program for students who cannot find a major at Virginia Commonwealth University that meets their goals. Some students pursue the B.I.S. degree to increase their chances for advancement in their jobs; some realize that the degree will provide personal or professional satisfaction; and others want to design a program that will help them change careers. Students in this undergraduate degree program are able to design an individualized degree compatible with their academic, career or personal needs.
This nontraditional program is designed for students who wish to create an individualized curriculum not available in traditional majors. Interdisciplinary studies is intended for students who have clearly articulated goals that cannot be met by existing university programs. The student defines a specific focus area that combines two or more areas of study. One way to accomplish this is to complete the requirements for two minors as designated in the Undergraduate Bulletin.
The first step in exploring the BIS degree is attending a BIS orientation. The orientation is an informational session that explains interdisciplinary studies and details the application process. Registration is required.