Program Overview

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree from Austin Peay State University is delivered through Regents Online Campus Collaborative, an association of colleges and universities that shares a curriculum and online delivery. This program may be ideal for students that are unsure of a major to choose or seek a unique plan of study that suits their strengths, interests, and goals. Completion of the program can result in either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, depending on the courses chosen.

To enroll in this program, prospective students must first gain admission into APSU. Once enrolled, students work closely with a faculty advisor to plan their own plan of study. All students must complete UNIV 4995, Culminating Special Project. This course is one in which students complete a research paper or project that shows what they've learned through the course of the program.

Students in this program are required to create a major core track of at least 24 credits. This total is divided into 12 hours from two separate academic disciplines, the combination of which caters to a each student's goals. Examples of disciplines that students can combine include psychology, cultural diversity, communication, international studies, and public relations, among others.

To complete this program, those enrolled must earn a total of 120 credit hours. Outside of the student's major track, 41 credits come from the General Education core and three hours from the Culminating Special Project. The main difference between BS and BA students is that as a part of General Education requirements, BA students complete six hours in any one foreign language. 33 credits of electives fill out the remaining hours and that can include three to six hours of credit from an internship. Finally, no more than 24 hours can come from business classes and at least 45 hours must come from coursework at the 3000-4000 level.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Austin Peay State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and education specialist degrees.

    Requirements

    Official transcripts. COMPASS assessment (through the APSU Testing Center).

    School Overview

    Founded in 1927, and named for Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, serving at the time of the school’s establishment, the university originated as a normal school for educators. Today, Austin Peay State University (APSU) is a four-year public institution of higher education, and its main campus is located in the city of Clarksville, Tennessee. Austin Peay State University hosts distance education degrees and courses through APSU Online and Regents Online Degree Programs (RODP).

    Online degrees include associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and a teacher education and licensure program. Students can enroll in the Associate of Science Liberal Arts program or pursue a bachelor degree, including, but not limited to, fields of: communication, computer science, criminal justice, medical technology, nursing, political science, public management, and professional studies. Master’s degrees range from studies in education and communication to professional studies and nursing. Educator programs include add-on endorsements and professional development. Some programs are hybrid and do require on-campus components, while other courses may require proctored exams. Coursework is asynchronous, but classes follow that of traditional calendars with set assignments and deadlines. Online classes have the same start date as on-campus counterparts.

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