Interested in an Interdisciplinary Major?

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree provides educational opportunities not available through the existing, traditional degree programs. The purpose of the program is to offer students an avenue by which they may take advantage of the rich offerings available in the several colleges at the university. An individual student, in consultation with a faculty adviser, may tailor a program of study that meets his or her particular educational needs, desires, and interests.

A student can pursue either a college-planned or a student-planned interdisciplinary program. The established college-planned programs address the needs of many students interested in a multidisciplinary, non-traditional education. Existing areas of concentration include: Arts Administration–Speech/Theater, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Environmental Science, Game Design and Development, Gerontology, Global Studies, Italian Studies, Law and Society, Media Entrepreneurship, Middle East Studies, Theater, or Student-Planned.


The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree provides educational opportunities not readily available through traditional departmental degree programs. Students have flexibility in developing a course of study appropriate to their goals by selecting courses from several departments/schools/institutes in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students may also include courses from other colleges of this university in their interdisciplinary program.

NOTE:The function of the B.I.S. program is NOT to “pull together” an assortment of coursework at the last minute in an effort to facilitate a student’s graduation. A proposal should be planned early in a student’s career and should reflect a logical, consistent course of study that is based on acceptable and germane student objectives.

Application Process

For more information on the B.I.S. Application Process

Program Admission

Applicants to the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program must satisfy the admission requirements for Georgia State University and, in addition, must have a Georgia State cumulative grade-point average of 2.0. Matriculation into the program can occur only after the B.I.S. Council approves a student’s program of study. The application procedure for this degree program and faculty advisement is a mandatory component of this process.

Other Interdisciplinary Programs at Georgia State University

Below are a few other Interdisciplinary programs not offered in the College of Arts & Sciences.
You will need to follow up with the respective colleges regarding their application process.

College of Education & Human Development:
Human Learning & Development
Sports Administration

Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing:
Clinical Health Informatics

College of the Arts (Beginning July 1, 2017):
Arts Administration (Speech/Theater)
Theater (Performance/Design)