Program Overview

Tennessee State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies that is designed for, but not limited to, adult professional students who have already earned an associate level of education. The Bachelor of Science degree aims to build on the already learned academics from previous schooling and introduce students to a curriculum that can be tailored to specific interests. 

The flexible program may allow students to gain advanced education in specific fields, while maintaining current careers or obligations. The interdisciplinary curriculum intends to benefit many students seeking to diversify their higher education for future personal and professional aspirations. Earning the bachelor degree as a degree completion program may facilitate the learning process by shortening required coursework. Students may apply college credits from a transferring institution towards the BS requirements. The BS degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours for completion. 

Students may satisfy the 120 credit hours with 60 credit hours in general education courses, covering topics of humanities, the arts, the social and natural sciences, literature and so forth. Approximately 33 credit hours are reserved for a student to choose courses as electives, broadening their depth and breadth of education in multiple subjects. The remaining credit hours are delegated for a student to choose at least two areas of concentration, 12 credit hours for each, in addition to completing a capstone course worth three credit hours. 

The two areas of concentration may be any combination of classes, as approved by a TSU counselor that qualify as a major area of study. Students can choose two subject to compliment each other, such as Psychology and Criminal Justice, or International Studies and Cultural Diversity. Some students may choose two concentrations not related to each other but will best suit personal goals. Tennessee State offers other concentration such as: English, Communications, Teaching and Learning, Organizational Leadership, Public Relations, IT and various areas of Psychology and Business. 

Graduates will be able to acquire the advanced degree, tailored to their own educational needs on a flexible schedule. The BS in Interdisciplinary Studies may give graduates the dynamic formal academic credentials needed to pursue a variety of careers.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Tennessee State University is a public university located in Nashville, Tennessee, that was established in 1912 as the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School. In 1922, the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School was transformed into a four-year teachers college. Due to the increase in growth, the school received university status in 1951 and the university changed its name to Tennessee State University in 1968.

    Tennessee State University is a comprehensive, co-educational university that offers associate's, bachelor’s, master's, and doctoral degrees from the following colleges and schools:

    • Agriculture, Human, and Natural Sciences
    • Business
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Graduate Studies and Research
    • Health Sciences
    • Liberal Arts
    • Life and Physical Sciences
    • Public Service

    In addition to traditional academic offerings, Tennessee State University also offers a variety of online programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional licensure levels.


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