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Interdisciplinary - DL

Don’t start over – start new! The Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) is a unique transfer-completer degree program that offers you the opportunity to apply previously earned credit and get to the graduation stage faster. Along the way, you choose from multiple disciplines and gain knowledge, methods, and theories that enhance your individual educational and career goals.

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Program Code

15BIS-INTR-DL

Duration

4 years

Admission Criteria

Selective

Location

Distance Learning Only

Department

Interdisciplinary Studies
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

Contact

P.O. Box 210037
French Hall - West
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0037
Dr. Lisa Holstrom
Email: lisa.holstrom@uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-9172

Student Success Factors

You can be successful in Interdisciplinary Studies if you are highly-motivated, goal-oriented and enjoy working independently. With support from an academic adviser, you will translate a career or personal goal into a solid academic plan that is broadly based and rounds out your degree plan.

Career Possibilities

You will be prepared to embark on a variety of pathways, including

  • new leadership positions with your current employer that require a bachelor’s degree.
  • new employment opportunities that showcase your critical thinking skills and your global perspective.
  • professional degree programs such as law or medicine.

Individualized plans of study can be constructed to prepare for many career paths.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

Like all students in the College of Arts and Sciences, you must satisfy the college’s core requirements and need 120 credit hours to graduate. Within this overall framework, and with the help of an advisor, program director, and/or mentor, you will design a customized plan of study that reflects your interests and goals, and is distinct from other defined majors. To guarantee breadth and rigor, you must incorporate into your plan two or three groupings of courses, each clustered in a single discipline or linked thematically, that demonstrate intellectual progression (from the introductory to more advanced, upper division coursework). Transfer credit is typically applied to meet most of these requirements. In addition, the student’s overall program must encompass at least 24 credit hours at the 3000 level or higher, including the Interdisciplinary Capstone (INTR5001). The 36 credit hour plan of study may include previously taken coursework and coursework outside the College, but at least 18 credit hours must be in Arts & Sciences disciplines. An adviser is available to help evaluate your credit and provide a pathway through the degree requirements to the graduation stage.

Curriculum

These tools assist students to identify course requirements and individual progress toward completion of academic programs. It is important to utilize these resources with personalized guidance from a UC academic advisor regularly to ensure timely graduation..

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

BIS-DL

Predominant Program

    McMicken College Core Requirements
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    Capstone
    • INTR5001, Interdisciplinary Capstone, 3
    Groupings:
    Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies
    • AFST1001, Introduction To Africana Studies, DC, 3
    • ANTH1019, Language and Globalization, DC, SS, 3
    • COMM2004, Communicating About Health, Environment and Science, SE, SS, 3
    • EUST1001, Introduction to European Studies, DC, HP, 3
    • EVST1011, Introduction to Environmental Studies I, SE, NS, 3
    • FILM1051, Introduction to Film and Media Studies, FA, HU, 3
    • GEOG1004, Introduction to Human Geography, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG1030, Great Earth Debates, SE, 3
    • GEOG2061, People and Environment I: Population and World Hunger, SE, NS, 3
    • HIST1016, Themes in World History, DC, HP, 3
    • OLHR2010, How to Change the World I, DC, SE, 3
    • PHIL1010, Critical Thinking, HU, 3
    • PHIL1025, Contemporary Moral Issues, DC, SE, 3
    • PHIL1032, How Science Works, QR, NS, 3
    • RELG1001, Introduction to the Study of Religion, HU, 3
    • WGS2002, Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, DC, SS, 3
    Upper Division Coursework
    • XXXX3xxx, 3000 level course(s) or above, 24
    Plan of Study
    • XXXX1xxx, 1000 level course(s) or above, 36

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 at most recent institution
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

In addition, to complete the degree online, you must have at least 61 credit hours of transfer credit. If you don’t have 61 credit hours, please ask about completing the degree on-campus.

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from UC's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:

 

  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.