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Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) program makes it possible for working adults to complete a liberal arts degree from the University of Virginia on a part-time basis through evening and online classes. The degree completion program offers a broad interdisciplinary education with a variety of concentrations. See options for completing your BIS below.

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Arts & Society Concentration

The Art and Society concentration is designed for students interested in visual and performing arts and the role of cultural production in society. The concentration will prepare students for work in a variety of fields, such as museum or gallery work, design, media, education, or cultural production. It is also appealing to students who plan to pursue graduate study in the arts or humanities.

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Business Concentration

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) business concentration includes 18 credits comprised of five required business courses, such as Commercial Law, Fundamentals of Marketing, and Managerial Finance, and one business elective. To be admitted to the business concentration, students must have completed four courses at other institutions: micro- and macroeconomics, financial accounting, and statistics.

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Cybersecurity Concentration

The concentration in cybersecurity analysis (CSA) includes 18 credits comprised of four required CSA courses and two required elective CSA courses. The concentration is designed to provide new educational and employment opportunities for adult learners seeking to complete their undergraduate degree with a liberal arts education and a professional focus in CSA. Courses develop students’ foundational knowledge and skills in cybersecurity analysis.

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Early Childhood Concentration

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) concentration in early childhood, offered in partnership with the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development, prepares adult learners for roles in childcare, preschool, and other educational and service settings by providing a well-rounded liberal arts education with 18 credits of required courses in the early childhood field.

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Health Care Management Concentration

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) concentration in healthcare management provides a well-rounded liberal arts education with an emphasis on the healthcare field. Students take 24 credits of required healthcare courses, which cover such topics as healthcare programs and policy, management practices, legal and ethical considerations in healthcare, and healthcare economics.

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History and Politics Concentration

The History and Politics Concentration is designed for students interested in history and politics and their role in society. The concentration prepare students for work in a variety of fields, including communication, research, advocacy, government, business, law, and education. It is also be suitable for those who plan to pursue a graduate study in history, politics, or other fields in the humanities and social sciences.

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Information Technology Concentration

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) concentration in information technology provides a well-rounded liberal arts education with a professional focus on IT. Required courses in this 18-credit concentration include Basics of Web Design, Enterprise Systems Architecture and Design, and Database Management and Business Intelligence/Analytics.

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Liberal Arts Concentration

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) concentration in liberal arts offers a well-rounded curriculum in the humanities and social sciences. Courses cover such topics as anthropology, art, economics, history, music, philosophy, and literature.

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Psychology Concentration

The Psychology Concentration provides students with foundational knowledge and competencies in the field of psychology and creates a pathway for BIS students seeking professional opportunities in psychology and related fields such as mental health, social work, child care, and counseling. It is also be suitable for those who plan to pursue graduate study in psychology, counseling, social work, or other fields.

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Writing Concentration

The BIS Writing Concentration is designed for students who wish to focus on critical reading, writing and literature. The concentration prepares students for work in a variety of fields, including technical, professional, and grant writing, as well as communications, digital media, marketing, publishing, and management. It is also suitable for students who plan to pursue graduate study in writing (both creative and professional), law, and the humanities.

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Bachelor in Healthcare Management

The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management (BPHM) prepares students with technical backgrounds in emergency medical services, health information management, medical laboratory technology, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapy assistant, radiography, respiratory therapy, and sonography to assume managerial and leadership roles in the healthcare system.

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