Graduates with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies develop the ability to view complex problems from multiple points of view. To that end, graduates have a broad spectrum of employability.
In the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, students can design an academic path that incorporates their interests and skills. Students may:
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies is unique in that the student can choose from a variety of concentration areas. The faculty members in this program are committed to engaged learning opportunities, and we encourage projects that involve service learning and applying knowledge in real-life settings.
After completing the general curriculum, a student may select two concentrations from the many minors offered across campus; may select one 36-hour concentration; or may design their own approved concentration in IDS 201.
These concentrations can be related in numerous ways. Once you have established your concentrations, you will develop a research project that incorporates (and often redefines) knowledge from your concentrations. Over a three-course research design process, you will design, implement, and present your research, while also honing writing and speaking skills.
There are two Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degrees available with this major.
The degree includes a general curriculum, as well as a choice of concentration area(s). The available concentrations can range from criminal justice and economics, to interior design and sociology.
The degree plan was developed collaboratively by faculty in Business, Economics, Legal Studies, Geology and Geography. Students completing the Interdisciplinary Studies (Land Management) emphasis will complete specific coursework in each of these fields.
Working directly with the Mississippi Association of Petroleum Landmen, students are connected with relevant internships and other field experiences relevant to careers in land management.
Graduates may choose to continue their education in graduate programs, medical school, law school, or other pre-professional programs. Graduates may choose careers in academia, advocacy, social services, ministry, media and arts, politics and government, and business.
The BIS provides students with tools needed to make sense of our fast-paced world. The program emphasizes portable skills, preparing graduates to be adaptive to changing circumstances. This program prepares graduates to have a broad spectrum of employability, but also allows for focused study.
This one-credit hour class, taken during the student’s first semester in the major, introduces core interdisciplinary principles and culminates in the creation of the student’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree plan.
This variable-themed class introduces students to the nature of interdisciplinary theory and interdisciplinary research methods. (Prerequisites: IDS 201 and IDS 350)
Taught by faculty members from across the curriculum, this class gives students the opportunity to explore various topics from an interdisciplinary point of view. Can be taken concurrently with IDS 201.
In this course, students design a research project that integrates their concentration coursework. (Prerequisite: IDS 301.)
In this course, students execute and present the substantial integrative research project designed in IDS 401. (Prerequisite: IDS 401).
Favorite Course: IDS 401: Integrative Research Methods and Design
Expertise: Political communication and cultural studies
Favorite Course: IDS 350: Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies
Expertise: U.S. history, African American history, vernacular music, and transnational history
Favorite Course: IDS 301: Interdisciplinary Foundations
Expertise: Gender, justice, and unpaid labor
Favorite Course: IDS 402: Integrative Capstone Experience
Expertise: Philosophy and religion
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Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.
All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Hattiesburg campus.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.