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A Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in General Studies provides the flexibility to select courses where you have strong academic interest.


You may select coursework for your major from any of the following areas:


Arab & Islamic Studies, Art History, Classical Studies, Communication, Education, English, Ethics, French, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, History, Humanities, Modern Language, Philosophy, Theater, Theology


Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Physics

Social Sciences:

Criminology, Economics, Gender and Women’s Studies, Geography and the Environment, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, Humanities: designated PSC, Leadership, Organizational Development and Management, Peace and Justice, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology

Related Programs

Students pursuing a major General Studies can also apply to the combined BIS/MS Human Resource Development program.



BIS Core = 45 Credits, 15 Courses

Students must complete 45 credits/15 courses in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) Core Curriculum.

Major = 33 Credits, 11 Courses

The General Studies major requires 33 credits/11 courses of advanced courses from among the following areas:


  • Arab & Islamic Studies
  • Art History
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication
  • Education
  • English
  • Ethics
  • French
  • Global Interdisciplinary Studies
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Modern Language
  • Philosophy
  • Theater
  • Theology


  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics

Social Sciences

  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Geography and the Environment
  • Global Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Humanities: designated PSC
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Development and Management
  • Peace and Justice
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology

Electives = 42 Credits, 14 Courses

Students must take 14 elective courses (for a total of 42 credits) from any subject.

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Villanova allows students to transfer up to 60 credits from other regionally accredited institutions. Find out more about transfer credits and community college agreements.


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BIS vs. 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. This provides more flexibility and choices in selecting classes.

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.