The Catholic University of America

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Program Overview

Of the three bachelor's degree programs offered by MSPS, the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.I.S.) is the ideal choice for those wishing to gain exposure to a broad range of subject areas, to customize a degree program of particular interest, or to major in either Social Science or Social Work. The program is distinguished by its particularly strong foundation in liberal education and a curricular flexibility. Prospective students are invited to view the general degree requirements for the B.A.I.S. degree as well as academic worksheets showing detailed requirements for each of the majors (to the right).

Majors and Courses

The B.A.I.S. degree with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies offers unparalleled flexibility. Students have many options in selecting courses to meet most of the core requirements, and almost "free reign" in course selection for the balance of the program.

The B.A.I.S. degree with a major in Social Sciences features a social sciences core with a human services administration track and is an excellent educational objective for those wanting to pursue careers in social and human service organizations, counseling, education, and management, as well as for those wanting to pursue a graduate program in one of the social sciences. Those wanting the B.A.I.S. - Social Sciences take 48 credits of designated social science and human services administration course work.

Track Options for Social Science:

  • Advanced Social Sciences:
    An ideal track for those who would like to obtain the most extensive background possible in the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Human Services Administration:
    An excellent educational objective for students pursuing careers in social and human service organizations, counseling, and education.
  • Social Entrepreneurship:
    For those interested in using business concepts to further social objectives.
 

The B.A.I.S. degree with a major in Social Work is the best degree option at MSPS for those interested specifically in a career in social work. Students pursuing the major in Social Work follow the B.A.I.S. curriculum, incorporating 54 credits of designated courses in the field of social work as part of the requirements.

The Social Work program includes courses offered by CUA's National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS). Because of the cooperative arrangement between MSPS and NCSSS, graduates of the Social Work program may be eligible for advanced standing in the M.S.W. program offered by NCSSS.]


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