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Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies - Online

Mission Statement

Completion Program

  • Degree Completion Program for students with an Associate’s Degree.

IDS Concentrations

  • Concentrations in Behavioral Studies, Business and Urban Society, Health Care Business Studies, Cultural Studies, and Education in Urban Society.

Transfer Credit

  • Allied Health Professionals- We accept your transfer credit. Complete your four-year degree with us!


The flexibility of IDS online course work and experienced academic advising are the hallmarks of Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Studies degree program.

Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) is a rigorous and unique degree program intended to provide versatility for students seeking to design an academic plan of coherent concentrations through the process of integrative learning. The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) provides students with a well-developed understanding of their Integrative Learning Plan (ILP) that encompasses a two or three-track plan of study utilizing multicultural and multidisciplinary perspectives. To meet the diverse social, cultural, and educational needs of many UNO students, IDS offers a comprehensive program utilizing both on-campus and online credit opportunities. The Integrative Learning Plan and personal academic advising are hallmarks of the IDS degree program.

The IDS online degree program offers six academic concentrations that will lead to careers in health management, business, social sciences and education. Upper division coursework in two disciplines are integrated from each student’s Integrative Learning Plan.

Students who have completed an Associate’s Degree or who have completed most of the General Education requirements will be able to complete the IDS online degree program. UNO is striving to offer online sections for all General Education coursework, but there are still a few gaps. We work with students to fill those gaps with other distance-learning opportunities.

What Can I Do With an IDS Degree?

Cultural Studies

Students interested in cultural diversity, language, philosophy, and art will create a unique Integrative Learning Plan that will develop creativity and critical thinking skills.  Many students who complete the Cultural Studies curriculum also do post-graduate work or pursue careers in arts and cultural institutions nation-wide.

Business and Urban Society

While not a degree in business, IDS students who complete coursework in this concentration study business practices, including urban renewal and development.  Many of our IDS majors who complete this concentration pursue careers in corporate and non-profit organizations.

Education and Urban Society

While not providing students with certification to teach, students who complete the curriculum in the Education and Urban Society concentration often continue their graduate studies in the Master of Arts in Teaching at UNO.  IDS majors who complete this curriculum pursue careers in teaching and also in government agencies and in the private sector.

Health Care Business Studies

The IDS concentration in Health Care Business Studies prepares students to pursue careers in hospital administration and in businesses that cater to public health issues.  Students who complete the curriculum in this concentration also apply to graduate programs in Health Management.