Program Requirements

In order to be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program, a minimum of 54 transferable units is required.

Generally, students complete the program in three to four semesters depending on how many transfer units the student enters the program with.

Students entering the program with fewer than 80 transfer units and/or with unmet general education requirements will need to take elective and/or general education courses to complete their degree. Students can opt to take their elective courses either in the School of Undergraduate Studies or in select graduate courses offered to undergraduate students.

Students attend a two-day, in-person intensive to begin each semester. Following the intensive, all learning is done online via the University’s learning management system. The 100% online classes allow students to continue the learning, collaboration, and discussions that they began at the intensives.

Course of Study

Semester 1 | Fall 
BIS 1224 Introduction to Social Ecology (4 units)
BIS 1225 Liberatory Education (4 units)
BIS 1226 Senior Seminar: Learning, Cognition, and Writing (4 units)

Semester 2 | Spring 
BIS 1227 Decolonizing Worldviews (4 units)
BIS 1228 Theories of Justice (4 units)
BIS 1229 Senior Seminar: Introduction to Research Methods (4 units)

Semester 3 | Summer 
BIS 1230 Planetary Interconnections (4 units)
BIS 1235 Movement Building and Social Change (4 units)
BIS 1236 Senior Seminar: Senior Project (4 units)

Curriculum Highlights

The 36-unit program uses a sequence of courses that build upon one another. The curriculum is composed of 36 units of required core coursework, and further work chosen from approved electives and School of Undergraduate Studies electives, including those that meet general education requirements. 

BIS 1225 Liberatory Education (4 units) 
This course promotes perspectives and educational practices that create an environment that centers a culture of inquiry, equity, and engagement in the co-creation of knowledge and understanding. We’ll explore education as a liberatory project as a way of having agency and getting free. Group discussion, exercises, and textual analysis allow students to reflect on shared resources, how to learn in new and unfamiliar ways, and at times “unlearning” previously relied-upon strategies. Students write critical reflections on themselves as learners.

BIS 1228 Theories of Justice (4 units) 
This is an interdisciplinary course that will integrate the philosophical constructs of justice with an analysis of contemporary social issues. The class will explore a range of paradigms and religious beliefs that inform and reify contemporary concepts and practices of justice. Drawing on indigenous, Afro-centric, and other non-Western philosophies and spiritualities, this course presents a body of knowledge centering transformative and restorative justice practices. We will address research justice, gender justice, racial justice, and more. An exploration of ancient and contemporary examples of justice practices will allow students to develop practical facilitation tools and skills.

BIS 1230 Planetary Interconnections (4 units) 
From a human perspective, the Earth is becoming a less healthy place to live. Globalization has created opportunities for combating poverty and disease and for collective action. It has also created opportunities for horrific exploitation of natural resources, including humans and other living beings. Capitalism typically treats the impacts of such practices as “externalities”— that is, not of economic consequence, not figured into the price of things. Understanding planetary interconnections involves ecology, economics, and multiple—and often contradictory—cultural values and perspectives. In this class, teams of students will take on specific issues to research and develop art-based strategies for promoting positive change.

View Intensive & Hybrid Format Weekend Dates

Online Format (Intensive Dates):

Students in the online format will engage in a core curriculum that consists of two days in-person intensive to begin each semester. Following the intensive, all learning is done online via our online Learning Management System, Canvas. All online classes allow students to continue their learning, collaboration, and discussions begun at the intensives.

Intensive Dates:
Spring 2022 January 8, 2022 - January 9, 2022
Summer 2022 May 7, 2022 - May 8, 2022
Fall 2021 September 3, 2022 - September 4, 2022

Hybrid Format (Weekend Dates):

Students in the hybrid format will engage in a core curriculum through in-person class meetings over four weekends each semester. In addition to in-person class meetings, learning is done online via our online Learning Management System, Canvas. All online classes allow students to continue their learning, collaboration, and discussions that they began during class meetings.

Weekend Dates:
Fall 2021

September 4, 2021 - September 5, 2021
September 25, 2021 - September 26, 2021
October 16, 2021 - October 17, 2021
November 13, 2021 - November 14, 2021
December 4, 2021 - December 5, 2021

Spring 2022

January 15, 2022 - January 16, 2022
February 5, 2022 - February 6, 2022
February 26, 2022 - February 7, 2022
March 26, 2022 - March 27, 2022
April 16, 2022 - April 17, 2022

Summer 2022

May 14, 2022 - May 15, 2022
June 4, 2022 - June 5, 2022
June 25, 2022 - June 5, 2022
July 16, 2022 - July 17, 2022
August 6, 2022 - August 7, 2022

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