Program Overview

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree offered by Nicholls State University is a program of study that is available to students in a completely online format. This program is intended for individuals who wish to design their own course of study that aligns with their personal interests, career goals, and educational goals. This program offers its students a strong base in Liberal Arts and offers them available minors in English, the Humanities, History, Social Studies, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Business. The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies aims to coordinate and foster cross-disciplinary connections across all other departments in order to help students realize their academic, personal, and professional aspirations.

An objective of this program is to prepare students for entry into postgraduate studies and the professional world. During their course of study, students should acquire a global focus, advanced competencies in oral and written communication as well as the Humanities. This program also offers students opportunities for service learning and leadership across all disciplines. The aim of this program is to prepare students for graduate studies or careers in their chosen field, to provide a flexible degree program, and to provide students with a sound foundation of knowledge within the liberal arts tradition.

This program requires students to take and complete 120 credit hours of courses in order to graduate with the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies. At least 45 hours of the 120 must be at a 300 level or above. No more than 6 hours of Health and Physical Education Department; no more than 6 hours of performance Music; and no more than 30 hours from the College of Business can be taken to fulfill these requirements. At least 24 of the last 30 hours must be taken at Nicholls State University. Students must also declare a minor. Students are required to take at least one Arts elective, 12 hours of English, 3 hours of History, 12 hours of Humanities, 6 hours of Math, 9 hours of Natural Sciences, 6 hours of Social Sciences, one Computer Literacy course, one Oral Communication course, and one Intercultural Studies elective.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor

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    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Nicholls State University was founded in 1948 as Francis T. Nicholls Junior College of Louisiana State University. In 1956, the Louisiana Legislature separated Francis T. Nicholls Junior College from Louisiana State University and granted it permission to develop a four-year curriculum. By 1956, Francis T. Nicholls Junior College became Francis T. Nicholls State College and granted its first degrees in 1958. Then in 1970 the name changed one last time to Nicholls State University when the institution was granted university status. 

    The school's mission is to provide the education of a diverse student body in a culturally rich and engaging learning environment through quality teaching, research and service. Nicholls State University offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree programs from the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Business Administration
    • College of Education
    • College of Nursing and Allied Health
    • Chef John Folse Culinary Institute
    • University College
    • Graduate Studies

    Nicholls State University also offers undergraduate and graduate programs that can be completed through its distance learning program. The distance learning program offers accelerated eight-week semesters.


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