The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS) program in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) at the University of South Carolina is a degree program that assists students in exploring interdisciplinary fields of study. The BAIS degree provides a pathway for degree completion with a goal of creating an integrated, interdisciplinary learning environment for analyzing and resolving issues in a variety of fields.
1. Curriculum Requirements
2. Carolina Core General Education Requirements
3. Interdisciplinary Major Coursework
4. Free Elective Courses
* Note: A thematic model may be chosen instead of two concentrations. More details can be found below.
Students will be initially accepted, if requirements are met, as a Pre-BAIS major. Pre-BAIS majors make take no more than 30 credit hours as a pre-major. Pre-BAIS majors must complete and submit an application to the College of HRSM for review. At this time, the applicant’s transcript and intent of study will be reviewed.
Requirements including students having previously completed at least 60 credit hours of college credit or be at least 25 years of age and having at least a USC 2.0 GPA are required.
Each student must work with a B.A.I.S. advisor to design an individualized program of study. The program of study must include at least 36 hours of 300-level USC course work and conform to all general University academic regulations for the baccalaureate degree. The B.A.I.S. requires a minimum of 120 approved hours to graduate. A minimum USC GPA of 2.0 is required for entering into and graduation from the program.
A minimum of 30 USC hours must be earned after acceptance into the B.A.I.S. program.
Subject to University and departmental policy, students may apply up to 60 semester hours earned in an accredited associate degree program toward fulfillment of B.A.I.S. requirements. All courses accepted toward fulfillment of the BAIS requirements, must be a C or better.
Interdisciplinary Studies majors may pursue a minor in any course of study offered by the College of HRSM as well as any other University program with an approved minor. College of HRSM required courses may not be counted toward a minor.
Students in this major must receive a C or better in the following courses.
Graduation requires a USC 2.0 GPA and meeting all other requirements provided through the degree completion program.
Students will be initially accepted, if requirements are met, as a Pre-BAIS major. Pre-BAIS majors may take no more than 30 credit hours as a pre-major. Pre-BAIS majors must complete and submit an application to the College of HRSM for review. At this time, the applicant's transcript and intent of study will be reviewed.
A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.
Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.
Graduation requires an institutional 2.0 GPA and meeting all other requirements provided through the degree completion program.
Demonstration of proficiency in a foreign language by achieving a score of 2 or higher on the foreign language placement test or by completing up to 6 hours of foreign language course credit.
must be passed with a grade of C or higher
College of HRSM students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by achieving a score of 2 or higher on the foreign language placement test or by completing one foreign language course through 110 or 121.
Note: HRTM 280 - Foundations of Tourism is an option that meets this requirement.
*Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements -- Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours must add up to a minimum of 31 hours. Some programs may have a higher number of minimum Carolina Core hours due to specified requirements.
No college-required courses for this program.
The major consists of a least 36 hours taken at the 300-level or above of USC course work and fifteen (15) of those credit hours must be at the 400-level or above. A minimum grade of C is required on all major courses.
The major course work is organized in one of two approaches and this is determined by the student with the advisor’s approval.
a minimum grade of C is required in all major courses
The major consists of at least 36 hours taken at the 300-level or above of USC coursework and 15 of those credit hours must be at the 400-level or above (including IDST 497)
The major coursework includes 30 hours of courses organized in one of two approaches and this is determined by the student with the advisor's approval.
The BAIS curriculum includes 38-53 hours of electives depending on how student fulfill the Carolina Core requirements. Any course in the university can be used to satisfy the elective requirement including additional electives in the major.
See "3. Program Requirements"
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