The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS) Program is a degree program specifically designed to meet the undergraduate needs of experienced adults in a manner compatible with career and family responsibilities. It enables students to complete graduation requirements through an alternative, self-paced approach to higher education.

Application Procedures

Prospective student meetings are held each semester. At these meetings the program is presented, application materials are distributed and further application procedures described. A schedule of meetings is available in B-147 or by calling (773) 442-6030.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a high school diploma or the equivalent or special permission granted by the University Provost. An adult holding a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university will not be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

Program Options

The unique structure, flexibility and availability of the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Program allows students to utilize a variety of options to complete graduation requirements. In addition to taking courses at Northeastern Illinois University and other universities/colleges, students may use a combination of transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions and credits earned through standardized college level proficiency examinations. Students also have the option of applying for academic credit through the assessment of a prior learning portfolio which describes and documents college equivalent learning acquired outside the traditional college classroom. The portfolio assessment fee for all BAIS students who submit a portfolio is equivalent to the cost of tuition for two credit hours.

Bachelor of Art in Interdisciplinary Studies’ Concentrations

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS) Program may elect to complete a concentration. The BAIS Program offers seven concentrations that maintain the flexibility of the BAIS degree, while helping students to frame the choices they have made regarding course of study. The seven areas are: Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Leadership, Community Development and Multicultural Studies, and Professional Studies. To fulfill a concentration in any of the first four areas (the traditional general education areas) students must complete 18 upper division hours (300-level) from the relevant departments. To complete a concentration in any of the other three areas, students must complete 18 upper division (300-level) hours of approved courses from relevant departments and fill out a form in consultation with a BAIS Advisor

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, students must successfully complete the following requirements:

  1. 120 total semester hours;
  2. a minimum of 12 semester hours each in the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences/mathematics;
  3. a minimum of 40 semester hours at the upper division (junior/senior) level;
  4. a minimum of 24 semester hours of course work at NEIU.

In addition, students must pass the English Competency Exam, fulfill the Writing Intensive requirement, the Improving Human Relations requirement and the Math/Quantitative Reasoning requirement. Further details regarding these requirements can be found under the heading “Bachelor’s Degree Requirements” elsewhere in this catalog. Students must have an overall cumulative “C” (2.0) grade point average for all work applied toward meeting degree requirements.

More information, including the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Program brochure, can be obtained in B-147 or by calling (773) 442-6030.