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Online BIS Curriculum

Students will have flexibility in choosing from a wide variety of upper-division courses in these areas of study each semester.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (Online) (124 hours)


AreaCredit Hours
Area A1 & A2Essential Skills9
Area BGlobal Perspectives7
Area CHumanities and Fine Arts6
Area D1 & D2Science, Mathematics, and Technology11
Area ESocial Sciences9
Area FCourses Appropriate to the Major18
Additional Georgia Southern Requirements4
Upper Division [Major} Requirements51-54
Electives5-8
IDS 2111 & 41112
Total Credit Hours124

The CORE consists of Area A1 through area E plus 4 Additional Georgia Southern University credit hours.

The CORE requirements are listed in the Georgia Southern catalog.

  • Area F classes are lower than 3000 level and are related to the CORE:

    For example: ENGL, SOCI, HIST or FORL 1000-2000 level.
  • Area F classes can be related to the Major as well like:

    A SOCI or PBAD 1000-2000 level for those with a Sociology or Public Administration concentration or minor.

Consult with your Academic Advisors for more details.


The Online BIS program map gives an idea of the pathway from entry to graduation.

You have to choose 2  different 18 hour concentrations.

and one additional MINOR or one additional CONCENTRATION

The declared concentrations and minor cannot be identical [i.e. one cannot declare a Sociology minor AND a Sociology concentration.]

Online BIS seeks to offer ALL concentrations and minors ASYNCHRONOUSLY.  Students can verify that a course is ASYNCHRONOUS through the GS COURSE SEARCH by looking at the ‘Additional Information’ and the ‘MEETING TIMES’ sections of the detailed course search screen.1

***Please note Public Policy, Public Administration, and Nonprofit Management can not be taken all three together. Two of the three can be combined, but not all three together.

Please note that these concentrations may ONLY be available to student with a declared major as BIS or Online BIS.

[See the Georgia Southern Catalog for more information about the course requirements and/or pre reqs for concentrations and minors].  The available options are shown below:

Minor Available fully onlineConcentration Available fully onlineNotes
Applied LinguisticsYesNoStarting Fall 23
BusinessNoYes
EnglishNoYesStarting Fall 23
English Language ArtsNoYesONLY for BIS to MAT in Special Education
FrenchYesYesModern Languages require significant pre-requisite hours – consult with your Academic Advisor
GermanYesYesModern Languages require significant pre-requisite hours – consult with your Academic Advisor
GerontologyYesNoStarting Fall 23
Health Education and PromotionNoYesStarting Fall 23
HistoryNoYes
Human Development and LearningNoYesONLY for BIS to MAT in Special Education
Human Development and Family ScienceNoYesStarting Fall 23
Instructional TechnologyYesNo
Irish StudiesYesYes
Justice StudiesYesYes
Nonprofit ManagementYesYesplease see this page for course name changes that began Fall 2020 CLICK HERE
Public AdministrationYesYes
Public PolicyYesYes
SociologyYesYes
SpanishYesYesModern Languages require significant pre-requisite hours – consult with your Academic Advisor
Women's, Gender and Sexuality StudiesYesNo
WritingYesNo

Please note that these concentrations may ONLY be available to student with a declared major as BIS or Online BIS.


Course rotations should be available at each department’s website, easily found using the convenient Georgia Southern search feature


Transfer course equivalency web application

TALONS helps to give an idea or estimate about what might transfer from a previous institution

The listing or exclusion of courses from this program does not reflect on acceptance of the courses to Georgia Southern University.


IDS 2111 and 4111 are typically offered Fall, Spring and Summer Full term.

1 All concentrations and minors are fully intended to be ASYNCHRONOUS for students when they are offered fully online.  All concentrations are approved as 100% online through the curriculum process at Georgia Southern.  It is extremely rare that a course be offered with synchronous elements, and this is a decision made by the departments offering the courses.  Students should always be able to determine if a course has a synchronous element by examining the detail screen for a given section in the course search.  Contact your advisor if a challenge with a course that has a synchronous element ever arises.

Last updated: 3/23/2022