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2007-2009 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Studies BIS

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The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree is awarded in recognition of completion of an individually designed program of study not provided by existing concentrations. It may not be a minor variation of an existing program, and must draw from two or more departments or programs.

General Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of a student-designed program of study consisting of at least 45 credits and approved by the Curriculum Committee. The plan of study will be thematic and designed to address the specific needs of the student wishing to pursue a particular concentration not available within currently offered concentrations. In the spirit of the interdisciplinary component of the program, the course of study must draw from two or more departments or programs, including at least one from the College of Arts and Sciences, from which the majority of credit will be drawn.
    1. The student will select at least two appropriate faculty advisors, one from each of the departments or programs from which the student will be taking the majority of courses. These advisors will serve as the “Board of Study” and will assist the student with the design of the course of study. Students are encouraged to submit the proposed course of study by the end of the sophomore year, so that the plan can be approved by the end of the first semester of the junior year.
    2. The course of study will be submitted to the IDS coordinator to ensure that it meets all degree requirements. The IDS coordinator will then submit the student’s plan to the Curriculum Committee for final approval.
    3. The proposal must include a rational for the composed concentration, complete with specific education objectives and a description of how it will be determined that these objectives will have been met (portfolio, internship, research, major paper).
    4. Any subsequent changes to the course of study must be presented to the Curriculum Committee for approval, and will follow the normal procedure for the waiving of degree requirements.
    5. In the senior year, the student will present or produce a final project (IDS 499, 500). This final project will be subject to review by the Board of Study and one member of the CAS Curriculum Committee.
    6. Upon successful completion of the approved program of study, the Board of Study will present its recommendation that the Curriculum Committee grant final approval in anticipation of the conferral of the degree of Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Study.
  2. Completion of the CAS general education requirements.
  3. Completion of at least 120 credits, not fewer than 58 earned at the University of Michigan, and including at least 33 credits in upper division courses (courses numbered 300 or above). 
  4. A cumulative grade point average of C (2.0) or better in the student’s total work at the University of Michigan-Flint.


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