Aug 18, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Studies Major, B.S. (Liberal Studies Concentration)


Department Information


College of Graduate and Continuing Studies
PO Box 70659
Phone: 423-439-4223
Nell Dossett Hall, Third Floor

The Bachelor of Interdiscipinary Studies (BSIS) meets the needs of students whose academic interests are situated between two or more disciplines and gives students the opportunity to integrate personal and professional growth by means of the exploration of multiple subjects, perspectives, and methodologies in a variety of fields. Because the BSIS program can be completed entirely online or through a combination of online and on-campus courses, it is especially suited for students whose work-life situation requires more flexible scheduling.

Students enrolled in the BSIS program may not double-major at ETSU.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits


General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirements 79 credits
     Major Core     10 credits
     Liberal Studies Concentration    30 credits
     General Electives    35-36 credits
     Capstone    3 credits
     Non-course requirement: Individualized Learning Plan 
TOTAL 120 credits

General Education Requirements   

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Liberal Studies Concentration: 30 credits


Upper-Division Credits (15 credits)


Choose three upper-division credits in each category below, from a list of approved options maintained by the division:

  • Civics, Politics, and Law (3 credits)
  • History, Culture, and Ethnicity (3 credits)
  • Literature, Fine Arts, and Creative Production (3 credits)
  • Philosophy, Religion, and Spirituality (3 credits)
  • Science and Technology (3 credits)

Focal Area (9 credits)


Choose one of the above categories as a focal area, and select nine additional credits in that area from a list of approved options maintained by the division.

Free Electives: 35-36 credits


Senior Capstone: 3 credits


Prior Learning/Experiential Learning Portfolio


The prior learning portfolio is an option that allows students in the Bachelor of Applied Science, the Bachelor of General Studies, the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies programs the opportunity to earn credit for college-level learning that has taken place outside the traditional college classroom. In consultation with the advisor, students prepare a prior learning portfolio, which is submitted to the advisor to appraise form and content. Final approval is made by the appropriate departmental faculty. Credit may be awarded only for prior learning that directly equates with specific ETSU courses.

No more than 25 percent of the degree may be earned through the prior learning portfolio process. In a 120 credit program, this limit is 30 credits. Credit earned through the prior learning portfolio is ungraded and does not impact the student’s grade point average. Portfolio credit does not count as ETSU residence credit.

No Minor Required


Individualized Learning Plan


Advisors will works with students to develop an individualized learning plan.