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

A 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.

Track Options for Interdisciplinary Studies:

  • Cultural & Global Awareness:
    This track focuses on heightening students' awareness of international and cultural issues in society using a wide range of relevant course offerings in business, humanities, philosophy, religion, and the behavioral and social sciences.


     
  • Business:
    This track allows students to combine a strong liberal arts foundation with maximum flexibility in selecting business courses of personal and professional interest. An introductory course in business and a class in management and organizational behavior provide the foundation to this track.
     
  • Social & Ethical Considerations:
    This track is designed to develop one's awareness and appreciation of social and ethical issues in all aspects of society. Relevant course offerings in business, humanities, philosophy, religion, and the behavioral range of options from which students select.
  • Renaissance Thinking:
    As the name implies, this program develops and encourages broad intellectual interests in the classical arts and sciences. Students select relevant courses from extensive offerings in business, humanities, philosophy, religion, and the behavioral and social sciences.

A 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.

[Note: The Social Work program includes numerous courses offered by CUA's National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS). These courses require a flexible schedule and a higher (NCSSS) tuition rate. 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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