Interdisciplinary Degrees

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.)

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) degree concentration provides educational opportunities not available through existing, traditional degree programs. The purpose of the B.I.S. concentration is to offer students an avenue by which they may be prepared academically in instructional areas that reflect cross-collegiate and cross-disciplinary collaboration. The university-level Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program provides concentrations that require curriculum typically offered across multiple colleges while college-level Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies concentrations offer curriculum typically offered across multiple departments/institutes within their college.

Several colleges on campus are working across discipline and even colleges to create innovative B.I.S. degrees. The College of Arts & Sciences is the only college on campus to offer a student-planned B.I.S. major or interdisciplinary minor. For more information about specific BIS majors or minors, check out the list below.

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (M.I.S.)

The specific purpose of the the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (M.I.S.) Program at Georgia State University is to address emerging, interdisciplinary areas of study by offering a limited number of new M.I.S. concentrations at the graduate level, with an emphasis on responding to the evolving workforce needs of the city, state and region. The M.I.S. is not offered as a generic degree or individualized for individual students. Instead, Georgia State offers a limited number of specific concentrations within the M.I.S. degree, with each concentration emerging from regional and global industry needs or from one of the university’s major strategic undertakings. In particular, M.I.S. concentrations target workforce demand by producing job-ready graduates with advanced comprehensive understandings, multidimensional views, and practical skills. Each concentration will have a capstone project that provides professional readiness or transition into a subsequent program via an internship, practicum, or course-based experience.

List of Current B.I.S. and M.I.S. concentrations

 

Program Department Sponsoring College Collaborating College(s) Degree Level
Arts Administration – Speech/Theatre College of the Arts Undergraduate
Asian Studies College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate
Biomedical Enterprise Institute for Biomedical Sciences Robinson College of Business, College of Law, College of Arts and Sciences Graduate
Clinical Health Informatics Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions Robinson College of Business Undergraduate
Environmental Science College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate
Entertainment Media Management Creative Media Industries Institute College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate minor
Game Design and Development Creative Media Industries Institute College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate
Gerontology Gerontology Institute College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate
Global Studies Global Studies Institute College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate
Human Learning and Development Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders College of Education and Human Development Undergraduate
Interdisciplinary – Student-planned College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate
Italian Studies College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate
Law and Society College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate
Media Entrepreneurship Creative Media Industries Institute College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate
Middle East Studies World Languages and Cultures College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate
Social Entrepreneurship Public Management and Policy Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Robinson College of Business Undergraduate
Sport Administration Kinesiology and Health College of Education and Human Development Robinson College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate
Theater (Design or Performance) College of the Arts Undergraduate

 

New Program Proposal Guidelines

Are you an administrator or faculty member that is interested in proposing a new B.I.S., M.I.S., or minor? All proposals must go through the sponsoring school’s new program process, have support from collaborating colleges, and must go through CAP. Guidelines for the information that should be included in a proposal can be found on the Senate website.