What is the BIS Degree?
The Bachelor of Integrative Studies Degree (BIS) is a College of Arts and Sciences non-major degree that provides maximum freedom for the student who wishes to take a multidisciplinary, individualized approach to the design of an educational program while maintaining a focus on career and professional goals.
The BIS is an individualized program in which the student is personally responsible for the research and design of his or her own degree program.
The BIS consists of two concentrations:
- Integrative Studies-General
- Integrative Studies-Three Minors
Choose 3 departments, 1 must be in A&S
Students choose a minimum of three academic departments, one of which must be housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, to select courses and develop a rationale for the way in which these courses are supportive of their career goals.
Is BIS Right For You?
Although the BIS Program is individualized and allows creativity in course selection, this degree may not be the right choice for everyone. The BIS degree should NOT be an option for a student who is undecided about future outcomes after graduation. The BIS program requires student responsibility for research into coursework and studies appropriate to career goals. Ultimately, the student, not the advisor, is the designer of this degree. A specific rationale for the degree design is required—one that describes the focus of your degree and justifies the coursework selected. It is NOT to be a “mish-mash” of coursework without purpose or plan. Research and consultation with faculty advisors, community leaders, career services offices, employers in the field of choice, and graduate school advisors are important resources to apprise you of necessary course, experiential, and licensure requirements for entry into the job market, selecting an educational objective, or choosing the general career direction you wish to pursue.
Regional Campus students especially should view their campus schedule of classes and course catalogs to determine availability of upper division courses. If your campus does not offer extensive upper division course choices, consider options of KSU web-based coursework or traveling to other regional campuses or to the Kent Campus.
As one can see, a BIS program plan cannot be developed effectively without considerable preparation, self-direction, and assistance from experts in your field of choice. Please consider all aspects of your academic and career choices when considering the BIS degree.