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Sample Plan - BIS

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.


* The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.

Faculty Spotlight

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I want my students to realize that good writing just doesn’t happen. You have to work at it.
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Charlotte Matthews

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

Charlotte Matthews is a well-regarded poet with three full-length poetry collections to her name. Also an associate professor in the BIS program, she delivers rigorous instruction in writing and revision while encouraging students to develop their own voice. In 2018, Charlotte received the Adelle F. Robertson Award, the school’s highest honor, for sustained excellence in providing new knowledge, instruction, and public service to the people, organizations, and institutions served by the University.

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It is extremely energizing to teach adult students, especially the highly motivated students in our program.
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Stephen Levine

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

Stephen is an associate professor in BIS, and also serves as the program director. He has been teaching courses on U.S. cultural history since 2006, and, in addition to his work as an instructor, strives to increase access and flexibility at UVA to help adult learners reach their academic goals. Under his leadership, students are now able to complete the BIS degree entirely online.

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Student Spotlight

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It was very important to me to set an example for my three children. And earning my degree was a source of personal satisfaction.
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Marisela Perez

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

As a part-time student and working mother of three, Marisela took advantage of flexible learning opportunities and employer reimbursement to earn her bachelor’s from SCPS. After completing her associate’s degree at a local community college, she enrolled in the BIS program part-time. She completed her degree online after relocating from Charlottesville to California, and now works as an accounting manager for Tri-Dim, who sponsored her SCPS studies.

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I'm in a managerial position now. An SCPS degree provided the foundation for advancing in my career.
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Clifton Jones

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

When Clifton began his academic career at UVA, it was as a biomedical engineering student in the rigorous Engineering School. Three years in, however, he realized that this field was not for him. He left Charlottesville to enter the workforce, and started applying his talents at a youth arts organization in Washington, DC. Now returning to UVA as a BIS student, Clifton is completing his undergraduate degree in his true area of interest, and is collecting skills that will help him advance his creative career.

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At orientation, everyone was kind and supportive, and they make you feel welcomed as a UVA student. You get all the services you would expect from a university like this. It is amazing.
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Jesús Pino

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

Jesús came to SCPS by way of his home city of Córdoba, where he developed a passion for photography as the co-founder of a bimonthly arts and culture magazine. When he relocated to the United States for his wife’s job, he decided to advance his photography and advertising career with an undergraduate degree. Now a bachelor’s student at BIS, he’s making connections, developing expertise, and gaining experience in pursuit of his dream job.

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