Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Programs Overview

Complete your Bachelor’s Degree Online

Transform your associate’s into a bachelor’s degree online and on your schedule. UT’s Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Programs degree is designed to be flexible, affordable, and collaborative. When you commit to completing your degree, UT commits to supporting you every step of the way.

Online Experience

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Programs pairs the power of world-class instruction with the accessibility of an online learning format. Our online bachelor’s degree completion program brings a new level of flexibility to achieving your bachelor’s degree so that you can earn the credits you need without putting commitments like work and family on hold.

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Your online learning experience will feature a blend of synchronous and asynchronous classroom content. Live lecture sessions will take place during weekday afternoons and evenings, and offer you the chance to connect with your professors and classmates, ask questions, and take a deep dive into course content. Live lectures are supported by independent readings, assignments, and video modules that you will complete throughout the week on your own time.

Public Policy & Administration

The concentration in Public Policy and Administration aims to enhance one’s knowledge about the process of making decisions and policies within an organization, as well as how the study of government policies impacts organizational functioning. Students can take a variety of courses within this concentration to best suit their particular interests and career goals, including Contemporary Issues in American Public Policy, Law in American Society, and Conflict Processes.

All of us experience the influence of policies and administrations within our working lives. This concentration will expand your knowledge of the theory and research that drives these policies and practices. In turn, this knowledge may assist you in navigating the political complexities within your organization and/or increase your ability to serve as a leader in your organization in these domains.

Our Public Policy & Administration track prepares students for careers in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Your curriculum will cover areas of interest including policy analysis, research methods, non-profit management, economics, and more.

Course options include classes like

  • Contemporary Issues in American Public Policy
  • Political Change in Developing Areas
  • International Political Economy

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Cultures & Societies

The concentration in Cultures and Societies aims to provide a better understanding of the beliefs, practices and behaviors of different groups of people. The courses offered within this concentration are designed to enhance one’s knowledge of the history of various cultures and societies and how the practices and behaviors of various cultures influence people and our environment. Such courses include: People and Environment, Motivation, and Religion in the Workplace. As the many peoples of our world become more connected in the workplace, learning about our similarities and differences will become invaluable in enhancing workplace relations and job satisfaction, as well as managing effective teams within one’s career.

Our Cultures & Societies concentration focuses on understanding connections between people and identity. Explore diverse perspectives and areas of study including comparative studies, people and the environment, anthropology, economics, and more.

Course options include classes like

  • Ecology and Society
  • Popular Culture and American Politics
  • Sociological Theory

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The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Programs faculty are committed to help you transform your associate’s into a bachelor’s degree. For more information about the Interdisciplinary Programs faculty, please visit the faculty directory.

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Harry F. Dahms


Theory, Political Economy, Sociology and Science Fiction, Comparative Sociology

PhD Sociology
New School for Social Research
MA Sociology
University of Konstanz

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Reema Habib


Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology, Ancient Magic and Apotropaia, Greek and Roman Religion in Art

PhD Classics
Florida State University
MA Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology
Bryn Mawr College
MFS Forensic Science
George Washington University

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Sally Harris


Workplace Writing, Technical Writing, British Literature, Detective Literature, and Drama

PhD English
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
MA English
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Hannah Herrero


Remote Sensing, Human-Environment Interactions, Conservation, Savanna Science, Africa, Land Change Science, Physical Geography

PhD Geography
University of Florida
MS Geography
University of Florida

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Aleydis Van De Moortel



Aegean Prehistory, Minoan Pottery, Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean

PhD Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology
Bryn Mawr College
MA Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology
Bryn Mawr College
MA Anthropology
Texas A&M University
MA Classics
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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Yang Zhong


Comparative Politics (China and East Asia; Political Development)

PhD Political Science
University of Kentucky
MA Political Science
The University of Akron
MA International Relations
Beijing, China

Career Advancement and Return on Investment

Make your move and return to school with confidence. Take a look at the average return on learning when you complete your bachelor’s degree.

A bar graph chart showing median career earnings are higher with a Bachelor's degree than an Associate's degree

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020

Note: Salaries based on median weekly earnings multiplied by 52 weeks.


On average, bachelor’s degree holders earn 39% more than associate’s degree holders each year. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020)


March 2022 unemployment rate for individuals with a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 3% for those with some college or associate’s degrees. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022)


Have questions about UT’s online bachelor’s degree completion program? We have answers. Find answers to frequently asked questions about our online bachelor’s completion program.

Students may enroll for a maximum of 19 credit hours each fall and spring semester, and a maximum of 12 credit hours in any combination of summer session courses. Enrollment in more than the specified number of credit hours must be approved by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Upon graduation, students will earn a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Programs.

Tuition is currently $378 per credit hour for in-state students and $453 per credit hour for out-of-state students. Tuition is subject to change each year as approved by the University. Cost of attendance does not include additional university fees.

There is no work experience required to apply to or enroll in the online bachelor’s degree completion program.

No entrance exams are required to apply to the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Programs at this time.

Applicants need to have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours from an accredited institution or an eligible associate’s degree from an accredited institution to be considered for the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Programs. For a comprehensive list of eligibility criteria, review our admissions page or contact a member of our team today.

Application waivers are available on a case-by-case basis. Applicants experiencing financial hardship can apply for an application fee waiver.

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