The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS) is a degree completion program designed to meet the needs of adult and experiential learners, in a manner compatible with career and family responsibilities. Students complete graduation requirements through an integrative, self-paced approach to higher education.

Interdisciplinary Studies students design a unique curriculum based on personal interests, career, or academic goals. These options include:

Program Benefits

In addition to taking courses at Northeastern Illinois University and other universities/colleges, students may:

  • use a combination of transfer credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities
  • earn credit through standardized college level proficiency examinations such as CLEP and DSST.
  • apply for academic credit through the assessment of a prior learning portfolio, which describes and documents college equivalent learning acquired outside of the traditional college classroom.

Please see the catalog for details on how BAIS transfer of credit policy, residency and other graduation requirements differ from traditional NEIU majors in ways that support adult degree completion.

Career Options

Career choices vary widely for Interdisciplinary Studies majors. Career preparation can be tailored to each student according to individual needs and goals. Some of the top professional fields that our NEIU Interdisciplinary Studies graduates enter into include the following:

  • Administration
  • Business
  • Education
  • Law Enforcement
  • Health and Social Services

Employers appreciate applicants with diverse backgrounds and with a demonstrated ability to succeed in different fields of endeavor. A bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies will appear attractive to employers looking for people with a global perspective and an ability to integrate many viewpoints.

Graduate Study

Many Interdisciplinary Studies graduates pursue advanced degrees in master’s and doctorate programs. The most common subject areas are:

  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Human Resource Development
  • Legal Careers
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Inner City Studies
  • Computer Science

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the bachelor 's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and the courses offered toward the degree.

Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A.

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Nontraditional Degree Programs at (773) 442-6030 or

Nontraditional Degree Programs

About Northeastern

Northeastern Illinois University is home to students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

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