Jun 23, 2024  
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke 2020-2021 Catalog 
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke 2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Studies

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Director: Derek Oxendine
BIS Advisors: Keondra Mitchell, Lisa Mitchell

Interdisciplinary Studies Advisory Council

Christine Bell Richard Gay Joong-Lyul Lee
Keondra Mitchell Lisa Mitchell Emily Neff-Sharum
Miguel Nino Barry O’Brien Lois Williams

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) program is designed for a set of diverse students who bring to the university many academic, personal, and work-related experiences. They may choose the BIS program because (1) they are aware that they are more employable in many occupations with the degree, (2) that learning in the arts and sciences and in a field of specialization leads to understanding and empowerment, and (3) they review their personal plans and recognize that they can effectively meet their most important goals for a bachelor’s degree through the BIS.

The program serves adult students, in particular, who seek a broad, more flexible degree program to help them to advance or become more established in their careers or to improve their understanding of the world around them.

BIS Admission Requirements

  1. Students must meet all admission requirements for entrance to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
  2. Students must either (a) have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours with at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average, or (b) hold an Associate in Applied Arts, an Associate in Applied Science, an Associate in Arts, or an Associate in Science degree from a two-year institution recognized by an accepted institutional accreditor. Accepted institutional accreditors include but are not limited to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).  Other US Department of Education recognized national accreditors which are not listed above may also be considered acceptable.

BIS Completion Requirements

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree requires that a student:

  1. Meet The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s general education core requirements.
  2. Complete a course of study in a specific Interdisciplinary Studies Major with an earned average grade point of 2.0 or better. At least 25 per cent of the total credit requirements for any particular Interdisciplinary Studies Major must be taken from one or more Academic Departments at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). For those with Applied Associate degrees only 60 credit hours may be transferred from two-year institutions (including 30 hours credit awarded for completion of Associate in Applied Arts or Applied Science degree from such institution). The number of credit hours permitted from any department, school, or college of UNCP will be restricted by discipline specific accreditation standards.
  3. Transfer or take a balance of elective or support courses to meet the total credit requirements of any particular Interdisciplinary Studies Major.
  4. Complete all requirements for baccalaureate graduation at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
  5. Meet the requirements of the University of North Carolina’s Writing Intensive Program.
  6. Two thirds of all Major and Track courses taken toward the BIS degree must be from UNCP.
  7. College credit in lieu of lifelong learning/experiential learning will not be granted.


    BIS Majors and Tracks (Specializations)


      Interdisciplinary Studies