Mission Statement

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies coordinates and fosters cross-disciplinary connections across all disciplines to help students realize their academic, personal, and professional aspirations.  For those students who wish to design their own course of study, the department offers the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.), an interdisciplinary degree that provides a flexible course of study with a strong foundation in the liberal arts. Because students are required to demonstrate depth in an academic area and to take courses in oral and written communication and the humanities, the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies provides an interdisciplinary emphasis that prepares students for entry into postgraduate studies and the professional world with a new global focus. Additionally, the department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership, an online degree coordinated through a consortium of universities in the University of Louisiana System. The department also cultivates greater opportunities for service learning and leadership initiatives across all disciplines and coordinates campus-wide development of interdisciplinary minors and activities available to all majors.


  • Prepare students for graduate study
  • Prepare students for careers
  • Provide a flexible degree program
  • Provide students with a sound foundation of knowledge within the liberal arts tradition