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2018-2019 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin 
  Jun 22, 2024
2018-2019 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A.I.S. (College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management)


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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify and/or analyze issues/problems in a chosen career field. 
  • Students will be able to develop logical and viable solutions to an issue/problem in a chosen career field. 
  • Students will be able to communication ideas, issues/problems, solutions and/or research-based information clearly. 

Degree Requirements (120 Hours)

1. Curriculum Requirements

2. Carolina Core General Education Requirements

3. Interdisciplinary Major Coursework

4. Free Elective Courses

1. Curriculum Requirements (120 Hours)

  • Carolina Core Hours (31-46 Hours)
  • Interdisciplinary Major Hours (36 Hours)
    • Required Coursework (6 Hours)
    • HRSM Concentration (15 Hours)*
    • Secondary Concentration (15 Hours)*

* Note: A thematic model may be chosen instead of two concentrations. More details can be found below.

  • Free Electives (38-53 Hours)

Progression Requirements

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.

Course Grade Requirements

Students in this major must receive a C or better in the following courses.

  • All College Required Courses
  • All Concentration/Thematic Courses

Graduation requires a USC 2.0 GPA and meeting all other requirements provided through the degree completion program.

2. Carolina Core General Education Requirements (31-46 Hours)

BAIS majors must fulfill the USC Carolina Core general education requirements. The Carolina Core consists of 31-46 credit hours of required coursework. Students select one or more courses to satisfy the minimum number of credit hours required. For additional information and list of approved courses, please refer to the Carolina Core courses web site.

CMW: Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written Component (6 hours)

ARP: Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving (6-8 hours)

  •  Two approved Carolina Core ARP courses

SCI: Scientific Literacy (7-8 hours)

  • Two approved Carolina Core SCI courses, including at least one laboratory.

GFL: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (0-6 Hours)

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.

GHS: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 hours)

  • Any approved Carolina Core GHS course

GSS: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 hours)

AIU: Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)

  • Any approved Carolina Core AIU course

CMS: Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component (3 Hours)

INF: Information Literacy (0-3 hours)

  • Any approved overlay or stand-alone Carolina Core INF course.

VSR: Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (0-3 hours)

  • Any approved overlay or stand-alone Carolina Core VSR course

3. The Interdisciplinary Major Coursework (36 Hours)

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.

A. Required Courses (6 Hours)

B. Areas of Concentration Model of Thematic Model

The major course work is organized in one of two approaches and this is determined by the student with the advisor’s approval.

  1. Areas of Concentration model has at least fifteen (15) hours in each of two areas. Each course proposed must correspond to the intent of the area of concentration.
    1. One concentration must be from one department within the College of HRSM and include a minimum of at least fifteen (15) credit hours.
    2. The other concentration is determined by the student with the advisor’s approval and must include a minimum of at least fifteen (15) credit hours.
  2. Thematic model, has at least ten (10) courses that correspond directly to a theme and that, when viewed collectively, will establish a minimum amount of depth in a chosen theme. The thematic approach must result in at least 36 credit hours.
    1. The thematic model must include at least fifteen (15) credit hours taken within the courses offered by the College of HRSM.

4. Free Elective Courses (38-53 Hours)

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.