Program Director Dr. Kim Sanborn with BAIS Graduate Gloria Ortiz

Introduction to the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies Major

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS) major has a unique structure and flexibility that features a generous transfer of credit policy. BAIS offers a variety of options for completing graduation requirements, including:

Many BAIS majors also opt to complete a second major or a minor.

Admission to the Major

To declare the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies major, please attend a Prospective Student Meeting (BAIS PSM). BAIS advisors will outline all the requirements and options, and answer questions specific to you.

You may complete an application at the meeting or at any time after you have attended a BAIS PSM. 


Admission deadlines into the Interdisciplinary Studies major are determined by Enrollment Services.

For general Northeastern admission requirements, the Admissions Office helps new and returning students through the application process. In addition, the Transfer Center assists transfer students and students who are veterans with transitioning to our campus.

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Requirements

  • 120 total semester hours
  • General Education requirement:
    12 credit hours in the Humanities
    12 credit hours in the Social Sciences
    12 credit hours in Natural Sciences, Mathematics or Computer Science
  • 40 credit hours at the Upper Division (junior/senior) level

Additional NEIU Degree Requirements

  • English 101, Grade of "C" or better
  • NEIU Writing Intensive (WIP) requirement
  • Improving Human Relations requirement
  • University Core Curriculum Engaged Learning Experience
  • Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning requirement
  • 24 semester hours of course work completed at Northeastern
  • NEIU grade point average of at least 2.0

Interdisciplinary Studies advisors can help ensure that the NEIU Graduation Requirements are met through B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies General Education or Upper Division Requirements. Students in the Interdisciplinary Studies major should schedule advising appointments every semester.

Academic Advisors

Jennifer Blair, Interdisciplinary Studies Program Specialist

Jacqueline Butler, Interdisciplinary Studies Program Specialist

To make an advising appointment, call (773) 442-6030. In the meantime, please visit our Advising page.

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