program options


Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS)

The unique structure and flexibility of the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS) Program allows students to utilize a variety of options to complete graduation requirements.

Portfolio Option

A Prior Learning Portfolio is a written, documented description of college equivalent learning acquired from actual or practical experience. The student's learning must be comparable to what students generally learn from taking a course in an accredited college or university.

There are three steps in preparing to write a portfolio.

      1.  Be admitted to the BAIS Program with a scheduled appointment for advising with a BAIS Advisor.

      2.  Obtain preliminary instructions from a BAIS Advisor.

      3.  Attend two Portfolio Development Workshops, Session I and Session II.


Information about the preparation of a Portfolio and Portfolio Development workshops should be discussed with an advisor.


Credit by Examination Option

In addition to taking courses at Northeastern Illinois University and other universities or colleges, students may use credits earned through standardized college level proficiency examinations. The BAIS Program accepts three types of exam credit:
Before taking any exam for credit, it is important that students meet with an advisor in order to avoid duplication of coursework.