Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Available Online

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS) provides a broad, rigorous education that introduces students to essential knowledge, and connections across the disciplines and application of knowledge to life beyond the University. This interdisciplinary studies online degree program gives students an enriched and provocative curriculum that prepares them for professional work in a changing cultural and economic environment.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of interdisciplinary theory and the practice of critical thinking for the collection, validation, analysis, and synthesis of historical data and new information
  • Explain the integration of knowledge in a global context and engage in collaborative research across disciplines
  • Identify and appreciate the cultural perspectives of world views
  • Use information communication technology for knowledge sharing and the interdisciplinary approach
  • Demonstrate a deep and flexible understanding of subject matter


To receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level and a minimum 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements. The following courses are specific degree requirements. If students intend to complete a teacher credentialing program, these courses will help prepare for the MSAT and Basic Skills requirement tests. In the absence of transfer credit, students may need to take additional general electives to satisfy the total units for the degree. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation.

Preparation for the Major (3 courses; 13.5 quarter units)
Requirements for the Major (13 courses; 58.5 quarter units)
Upper-Division Electives (2 courses; 9 quarter units)
Students can select any 300, 400, or 500 level courses in arts and sciences to complete the total of 76.5 upper-division units for the degree. Students will need a Task Stream account for portfolio work. Please refer to your Faculty Advisor for more information (including fees).