classroom The Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS) emphasizes a broader learning experience and wider perspective than most traditional undergraduate majors. As a BAIS student, you will have the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary, academically sound and goal-oriented education directly relevant to your academic interests and career aspirations. It is appropriate for those students who seek a thorough grounding in the traditional arts and sciences from an interdisciplinary perspective. The BAIS program may be right for you if you are interested in business issues, communications, diversity, environmental studies, human resources, international relations, liberal arts and sciences, pre-health, pre-law and/or public relations. Teaching certification is also possible through the Teacher Development Center. You will take 18 hours in your concentration and incorporate at least three different disciplines to make it diverse, individual and truly interdisciplinary. Internships are encouraged.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree requires 120 hours, 51 hours of which must be upper-division courses. Students must complete a minimum of 45 hours at UT Dallas to earn a degree. The foundation areas are designed to provide an intellectual base in two academic schools related to the student’s concentration. The concentration component permits a multidisciplinary investigation of an area, problem or theme meaningful to students’ educational or career goals. The Interdisciplinary Studies major preparatory and core courses require the perspectives of more than one discipline. Lastly, the electives develop, increase or intensify students’ studies. No more than 21 upper-division hours in a specific subject can be included in the combined courses of the foundations, the concentration and advanced electives.

Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours

  • 6 hours Communication
  • 3 hours Mathematics*
  • 6 hours Life and Physical Science
  • 3 hours Language, Philosophy and Culture
  • 3 hours Creative Arts
  • 6 hours U.S. History
  • 6 hours U.S. Government / Political Science
  • 3 hours Social and Behavioral Science
  • 6 hour Component Area Option
For more information, see the catalog. *MATH 1306 College Algebra for non-science major or MATH 1314 College Algebra is required.

Major Requirements: 60 semester credit hours

Major Core Courses (18 credit hours)

Prior to 2019 Catalog:

Major Core Courses (12 credit hours)

BIS 3320 The Nature of Intellectual Inquiry, One 3 semester credit hour Interdisciplinary Studies (ISIS) courses, One 3 semester credit hour Interdisciplinary Studies (ISIS) offered by IS or ISNS course: Natural Science and Mathematics (ISNS), One 3 semester credit hour course chosen from: American Studies (AMS), Gender Studies (GST),Interdisciplinary Studies (ISIS) or BIS 4V04 Internship.

Foundations (24 semester credit hours in two foundations)

The BAIS degree is comprised of two foundation areas drawn from the eight schools at UT Dallas; you will take courses from both schools. Each foundation must be a minimum of 12 hours in length. Students seeking teacher certification must select an education foundation. See your academic advisor for details.

Foundation Courses (Open in PDF)

One Concentration (18 credit hours)

The concentration consists of 18 hours of courses and is your opportunity to specialize in an area. Together with your academic advisor, you will design your concentration to suit your particular interests.
  • Courses must be relevant to your concentration topic.
  • The concentration must include at least three different disciplines. Courses with different prefixes are generally considered different disciplines; however, all JSOM courses are considered one discipline.
  • Decide your concentrations as early as possible, as courses may require prerequisites or co-requisites.
You can change your concentrations, but consult with your advisor to determine how your credits may apply to your degree requirements.

Examples of Common Concentrations (Opens in PDF/Word)

Elective Requirements: 18 semester credit hours

  • Guided Electives: 1 semester credit hour
    • UNIV 1010 Freshman Seminar
    • BIS 1100 Interdisciplinary Studies Freshman Seminar
  • Free Electives: 17 semester credit hours
Six credit hours of your electives must be upper-division.

Prior to 2019 Catalog:

Guided Electives: 1 semester credit hour UNIV 1010 Freshman Seminar, BIS 1100 Interdisciplinary Studies Freshman Seminar. Free Electives: 23 semester credit hours.

Six credit hours of your electives must be upper-division.

Download a sample degree plan (opens in Excel): For more information on the BAIS degree, please refer to the academic catalog and set up an appointment with your academic advisor.

Course Details

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How to Apply

  • Apply to UT Dallas (select School of Interdisciplinary Studies; major Interdisciplinary Studies – BS in ApplyTexas)
  • Learn more about UT Dallas admission requirements