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Students who graduate with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies should be able to …
- demonstrate the ability to the ability to initiate independent, interdisciplinary inquiry.
- demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking to interdisciplinary problems.
- demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research.
Each student must submit an application to the B.A.I.S. admissions committee. If approved, an academic advisor will help the student design an individualized program of study. The program of study must include at least 36 hours of upper-level USC course work and conform to all general University academic regulations for the baccalaureate degree. The B.A.I.S. requires a minimum of 120 approved hours to graduate. A minimum of 30 USC hours must be earned after acceptance into the B.A.I.S. program.
Subject to University and departmental policy, students may apply credits earned through independent study toward the B.A.I.S. degree. Up to 60 semester hours earned in an accredited associate degree program may be accepted toward fulfillment of B.A.I.S. requirements. University policy also permits up to 30 semester hours earned in correspondence, telecommunications, service schools, and off-campus extension classes to be accepted in partial fulfillment of baccalaureate degree requirements.
Baccalaureate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies after Three Undergraduate Years and One Year of Medical or Dental School. Upon application to the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management, a student who has completed 90 hours or more of undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina (and the last 30 of which have been in residence at the University) with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 will be granted the baccalaureate degree in interdisciplinary studies provided that:
1. The applicant has satisfied all graduation requirements for the B.A.I.S. degree at USC, except for the final 30 hours.
2. The applicant has not applied these USC credits to obtaining a baccalaureate degree from another institution.
3. The applicant submits an official transcript from an accredited medical or dental school demonstrating satisfactory completion of the first year of study leading to a postbaccalaureate degree.
4. The dean of the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management certifies that the requirements prescribed for the degree have been met.
Students enrolled in the University of South Carolina should contact the dean of the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management if they plan to leave the University prior to completion of a baccalaureate program to enter an accredited medical or dental school.