Human Studies Major

Human Studies is a concentration of the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) major, a program designed for adults who have been away from high school for three or more years. It is a good choice both for people who have never been to college and for students who attended college in the past but did not complete a degree. For the latter, the B.I.S. program makes it possible to apply their previous educational experience toward a degree program. The admission process should begin with an interview with a B.I.S. advisor in the Providence Campus’s Admission and Advising Office. Qualified applicants interested in other programs at ASFCCE may also be interested in the college’s performance-based admission policy; see Performance-Based Admission for details.

Students interested in the wide range of human studies or human services will be attracted to this major. It permits the student, working with an advisor, to design a major that will meet both personal and career goals. All human studies majors must have their program design approved in advance by an academic advisor and the program director. It must include the following four parts:

Social Science Core (24 credits). Students are required to select 24 credits from three of the following departments in the College of Arts and Sciences: economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology and anthropology. These departments determine which of their courses are suitable for the B.I.S. major.

The 24 credits must be distributed as follows: four courses from one department, two courses from a second department, and two courses from a third. Only two prerequisite or introductory-level courses are allowed in the major. Students should meet with an advisor for more information regarding these courses.

Methodology Course (3 credits). Students are strongly advised to fulfill this requirement by taking HDF 202. In exceptional cases, students may be allowed to meet the methods requirement by taking PSY 200, SOC 301, or STA 220.

Major Seminar (BIS 397, 3 credits). Students take this course near the end of their degree program. It will give them an opportunity to review and evaluate the skills and knowledge they have acquired through their major.

Area of Emphasis (15 credits). The area of emphasis provides the student with an opportunity to select a group of courses that focus on a particular problem or population of interest. Once a particular focus is identified, students select 15 credits at or above the 300 level from a wide variety of departments. The advisor and the B.I.S. director must approve the Area of Emphasis.