The unique nature of the program requires students to work closely with an advisor to develop a cohesive and individualized degree plan. Students are required to meet with their BAIS advisor each semester in order to gauge progress. Advising provides students with opportunities for guidance, support, and accountability.
The program requires 60 hours in addition to the core curriculum requirements. The major includes 18 hours of study in three separate disciplines (54 hours total), as well as IDST 3350: Reasoning Across the Disciplines and IDST 4350: Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone.
Three Concentration Areas (18 hours in each; 54 hours total)
Students must choose 2 areas from options in the College of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Education, and a 3rd area from this or another college. This includes any minor available at UALR. Consult with the BAIS advisors for other options.
College of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Education concentration options:
Anthropology, Applied Communication, Applied Design, Art (Studio), Art History, Creative Writing, Dance, Digital Graphics, English (Literature), Film, French, Gender Studies, Geography, History, International Studies, Journalism, Legal Studies, Linguistics, Mass Communication, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Nonprofit Leadership, Philosophy, Philosophy / Religious Studies, Photography, Political Science, Psychology, Race & Ethnicity Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theatre Arts, Spanish, Writing (Professional/Technical)
BAIS Program Goals
At the end of this program, students will be able to:
1. demonstrate effective reasoning skills;
2. describe distinguishing features of at least two disciplines of study;
3. demonstrate understanding of values cultivated by the liberal arts disciplines;
4. articulate the benefits of an interdisciplinary (or multidisciplinary) approach to university studies.