Bachelor's Degrees

Villanova University's College of Professional Studies (CPS) provides adult students - working professionals, career changers and lifelong learners - with a rigorous and flexible educational experience.

CPS offers two degrees - a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA). Within these degrees, the varied academic majors provide applicable, relevant, and engaging courses of study for adult learners.

Online, on campus and hybrid programs, as well as accelerated options, make it possible to balance all of life's many responsibilities, including full-time careers, raising families and more.      

Learn the Difference Between the BIS and BA

The primary difference between a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is the core curriculum that must be completed for each.

Students completing the BIS degree follow a 45-credit core curriculum (see left hand column in the chart below). This core curriculum provides more flexibility and choices so that adult students may select classes in line with their personal interests and experiences as well as their professional goals.

Students completing the BA degree follow the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 50-credit core curriculum, which includes foreign language courses and science courses with a lab (see the right hand column in the downloadable .pdf below). 

* BIS vs BA.pdf
Download this chart to see side by side curriculum requirements.

 

 

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (BIS)
Major Program Options
   
Administration and Management
On Campus & Hybrid
General Studies* On Campus, Hybrid & Online
Information Systems*
On Campus & Hybrid
Leadership Studies* On Campus, Hybrid & Online
BACHELOR OF ARTS (BA)
Major Program Options
   
English**
On Campus
History** On Campus
Leadership Studies* On Campus, Hybrid & Online
Public Service and Administration
Online
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (BS)
Major Program Options
   
Computer Science**
On Campus  

*General Studies, Leadership Studies and Information Systems students have the option of an accelerated Bachelor/Master degree. Learn more.

**These degrees are offered in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students pursuing these majors may need to take courses during the day to complete the program. Contact the department directly for more information.