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Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #1001 (WUR) West Hattiesburg, MS, United States
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) undergraduate program allows students to create interdisciplinary specialties in preparation for careers in a world where complex issues demand multi-faceted knowledge and skills.With the help of an interdisciplinary studies faculty adviser, students will select courses from two or more disciplines and focus their program on the basis of a unifying issue, theme or topic as an area of concentration.
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Students will work closely with faculty from each selected discipline to design a program meeting their diverse educational and career goals.B.I.S. students are required to cultivate relationships with assigned or designated faculty, taking initial responsibility in developing their individualized programs.
Interdisciplinary studies students will develop individualized, coherent, intellectually challenging, cross-disciplinary academic plans, utilizing courses selected from departments at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Student Learning Outcomes / Program Objectives

  • Students will learn to design effective research projects. Their projects will reflect individual research on issues related to our campus, our community, and our future.
  • Our students will learn that research is a collaborative process and that learning appropriate processes for critiquing research and critical and analytical thinking help improve research design and lead to new avenues for questions and answers.
  • Students will demonstrate that they have mastered the skills necessary to present and defend their individual research and their choice of a degree in interdisciplinary studies.
  • Students will design a professional portfolio to highlight their research project and career goals. This will also contain materials related to their own post-graduation goals.
  • Students will participate in self evaluation and peer evaluation processes to critique their own performance and that of the other students at every level.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • 304. Issues in America.
  • 403. Seminar in American Studies
  • 404. Issues in America
  • 181. Explorations in Service Learning.
  • 201. Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar.
  • 301. Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • 350. Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • 351. Leadership Development for Community Living.
  • 401. Applied Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • 402. Integrative Capstone Experience.
  • 491. Practicum in Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • 492. Special Problems in Interdisciplinary Studies.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Freshman applicants must complete a required core curriculum of courses during their secondary school education to be admitted to the university. The basic core requirements are:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of mathematics
  • 3 units of sciences
  • 3 units of social studies
  • 2 units of advanced electives
It is understood that most foreign education systems do not follow the same core curriculum as taught in U.S. high schools. Therefore, each applicant will be evaluated on criteria particular to the educational system of the country in which they completed their studies.First-time freshman applicants should submit the following:
  • International application form
  • $35 application fee
  • Official copy of TOEFL or IELTS score from examing board
  • Official copy of ACT or SAT score
  • Official high school transcript (or exam certificate) which indicates the date of graduation or completion of studies
  • Recommendation letters (if applying for a freshman scholarship)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    301 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 301 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    301 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 301 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for West Hattiesburg

  • 800 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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