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Bachelor of Science Major in Interdisciplinary Studies
Frequently Asked Questions


1. What are the differences between the BS-ISS degree and the BAIS degree?

Students seeking the BAIS degree are part of the Teacher Education program in the Department of Urban Education. Students seeking the BSIS degree are not part of the Teacher Education program. Nevertheless, some students who graduate with this degree ultimately apply to deficiency programs or alternative certification programs in order to become certified.

2. In the lower-division requirements, what are considered Arts/Humanities?

These include art, drama, English, foreign language, humanities, music, philosophy, history and communications. Notice that philosophy is considered a humanities course.

3. In the lower-division requirements, what courses are considered Social Science?

These include anthropology, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and social science. Notice that history is considered both a humanities course and a social science course. Criminal justice and economics classes can also be used as social science classes.

4. What are options for the 3 hours of Math/Natural Science in the lower-level requirements?

This requirement may be fulfilled with any math, natural science, or computer science course in the College of Science and Technology. These courses enhance analytical skills and encourage an interdisciplinary perspective. The "S" enchancement requirement for all UHD graduating is satisfied by this course.

5. What are regarded as equivalents of English 3302?

Any upper-level English course in writing is an approved option. Among these courses are essay writing, legal writing, creative writing, medical writing, environmental writing, science writing, and feature writing. Students must also complete a second writing intensive class, chosen from the list of W classes, which can be provided to students by an advisor.

6. What courses are considered Arts/Sciences?

Any course taught in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is appropriate. These include anthropology, art, American studies, drama, French, English, history, humanities, music, political science, philosophy, psychology, social science, sociology, social work, Spanish, and communication. In addition, natural science courses and math courses are acceptable, as well as criminal justice and education-related classes.

7. What limitations exist in selecting the 36 hours of upper-level Arts/ Sciences?

No more than 18 hours can be taken in one discipline, including the writing requirement. Also, no more than 6 hours of business courses may apply with the coordinator's approval. Students must also complete a 9-hour concentration in one discipline or field of study.

8. How can the ethics requirement be fulfilled?

Any philosophy class with the exception of logic and critical thinking may be used to meet this requirement. Other ethtics classes in the college include POLS 3300, COMM 5425 and SOSW 3364. CJ 3311 and BA 3308 are also acceptable.

9. Is a minor required?

A minor is strongly encouraged. Most minors are between 15 – 18 hours and can easily be worked into the degree plan. Check with an advisor about the minor requirements.

10. How many hours of a degree must be completed at UHD?

Our residency policy requires that the last 30 credit hours for a degree must be completed at UHD. Also, at least 18 hours of upper-level credit must be completed at UHD.

11. Can a field experience course in Arts/Sciences be used for this degree?

Yes. Contact the appropriate discipline in which the field experience will be developed. The limit for field experience credit is 6 hours.

12. How can more information about the BSIS degree be obtained?

Contact Dr. Hovsepian, the degree coordinator, for specific information. She can be reached at 713-221-8928 in South - 602 or at


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