Bachelor's Degree

The Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies (BAIS) is a flexible degree that offers students a major in which they can find coherence, meaning and value in a novel program of study. Working with an advisor you design a plan of study that addresses a complex, real-world problem that goes beyond the boundaries of traditional disciplinary programs of study.  If you are interested in something for which a disciplinary or professional program is too specific or narrow, then an interdisciplinary program like BAIS might be for you. 

The associate and bachelor's programs for integrative studies are available as traditional daytime classes and in an evening, nontraditional format for adult learners through PACE. We also have opportunities for internships and study abroad.

For more information please contact us.

Integrative Studies Program
Dr. Rudy Garns, Director
SL 410, 572-1450


As a BAIS student you will engage in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and writing, as you gain an understanding of some broad or complex problems (issues, questions) that don't fit neatly into a single disciplinary program of study. You will also develop interdisciplinary traits or dispositions that employers want to see such as

  • the ability to work collaboratively and productively with others who have different perspectives or world views;
  • the ability to think critically, creatively and boldly; and
  • the ability to recognize the relevance of disciplinary knowledge to complex issues.

What is Required?

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrative Studies (BAIS) must complete all NKU graduation requirements including:

  • General education requirements should be completed in the first 60 hours of college-level work
  • 45 hours of upper-division coursework
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours
  • A minimum 2.0 GPA and a "C" or better (does not include "C-") in each course for major

In addition, this program requires students to complete minors or focus areas in four disciplinary or interdisciplinary programs. The requirements for a minor in any program are listed in the relevant department’s pages in the catalog. A focus area is defined as 12 credit hours at the 300 level or above in any disciplinary or interdisciplinary program (major or minor). The four areas of study must include:

We also require IST 494, the capstone course, which involves both a portfolio of artifacts (work samples from each of the four disciplines studied) and an integrative final project.

Contact one of our three undergraduate advisors and get started on designing your major today.