Once enrolled in BIS, students on average take two courses each fall, spring, and summer term. With a total of the required twenty courses, time to completion would be three years and one term, assuming satisfactory academic progress and no leaves of absence. Here is a sample plan for a concentration in liberal arts, which is the largest concentration and available in all sites.
Term 1: 3000-level Liberal Studies Seminar (LSS) and one concentration course
Term 2: 3000–level LSS and one concentration course
Term 3: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Social Sciences and one degree elective
Term 4: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Humanities and one concentration course
Term 5: one concentration course and one degree elective
Term 6: one concentration course and one degree elective
Term 7: one concentration course and one degree elective
Term 8: two degree electives
Term 9: Capstone I and one degree elective
Term 10: Capstone II and one degree elective
A student can move more slowly or go on leave for a term, as needed, and take up to seven years to complete. Alternatively a student can move more quickly by taking more courses in some terms and/or enrolling in two-week intensive courses between terms. The BIS staff gladly will talk with students individually about alternatives.