Jun 02, 2023
Division of Cross-Disciplinary Studies
PO Box 70659
Yoakley Hall, second floor
Thomas Hilton and Jo Anne Smith, Advisors
213 Yoakley Hall
The Bachelor of Science in 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. The BSIS program emphasizes maximum flexibility; students may attend on-ground, online, or in either mode as needed.
Students enrolled in the BSIS program may not double-major at ETSU.
Degree Requirements: 120 credits
|Major Total Requirements
| Major Core
|| 10 credits
| Integrative Studies Concentration
|| 30 credits
|| 3 credits
| Non-course requirement: Individualized Learning Plan
Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: BSIS-BS
Upper-division requirement: 34 credits of the student’s entire degree program must be at the 3000/4000 levels.
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.
Major Core Requirements: 10 credits
Integrative 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 and the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary 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.
Individualized Learning Plan
Advisors will works with students to develop an individualized learning plan.