Interdisciplinary Studies, B.I.S.


The BIS degree, as a liberal arts degree, prepares students for a variety of careers in every sector of the professional world. Depending upon the minor field of study and areas of emphasis, students can expect to enter careers in education, government, human and protective services, non-profit management, social work and counseling, management, marketing, finance, law, and religious ministry. Because BIS program advisors have been stressing with BIS majors the value of completing multiple minors, in particular ones that suggest a complimentary set of skills and dispositions, many of our graduates are now presenting to prospective employers a diversified professional portfolio that highlights their preparation for and ability to adapt to changes in the job market.

The BIS degree also serves as a viable pre-requisite for direct entry into graduate study. Recently we have seen a substantial number of BIS graduates return to Nicholls to work on alternative certification for teaching through the Masters of Arts in Teaching degree program. Graduates of our BIS program have directly entered law school, master’s programs in library and information science, social work, counseling, education, English, psychology, and religious ministry. We also have had graduates return to Nicholls to earn a second bachelor’s degree in another area. These graduates report a substantial professional and personal benefit from earning two degrees, one more broadly academic and interdisciplinary, the other more specialized.

What can I do with this degree?
Below is a sampling of some of the occupations that previous graduates of our program have entered. Please note that some of these occupations, such as Religious Ministry, may require post-graduate education.

Law Enforcement (Detectives, Criminal Investigators)
General and Operations Management
Social and Community Service Managers
Religious Ministry
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Education (Secondary Teaching, Administration)

What’s in it for me?
• A personal coach to guide you through the enrollment process and along the path to graduation.
• 100% fully online classes, accelerated courses, or accommodating class times.
• Credit for college credits previously earned from accredited institutions.
• Scholarships, financial aid and grants for eligible students.

Degree Length: 4 Years

University: Nicholls State University

Classroom Format: Online

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