Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Programs

Through UT’s Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Programs, you can leverage an associate’s or previously earned college credits to complete your bachelor’s degree online. Our BA completion program is designed to be flexible, affordable, and collaborative. When you commit to finishing your bachelor’s degree, UT commits to supporting you every step of the way.

Why Finish at UT?

A bachelor’s degree can be more than a pathway to a promotion or a long-awaited diploma. It can be an inspiring academic endeavor, a space for intellectual exploration, and a handshake with our extensive Volunteer family. It can be all those things while still providing a stepping stone for professional mobility and a hallmark of personal achievement. The UT Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Programs offers many concentrations and, in turn, empowers you to find your ideal fit. Our only goal is to help you complete your bachelor’s degree online—join us today.

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Overview

Online Experience

Our program is designed to provide a pathway to a bachelor’s degree for adult learners who have completed at least 60 credit hours from an accredited post-secondary institution. UT pairs the power of world-class instruction with the accessibility of an online learning format, bringing a new level of flexibility to finishing your bachelor’s degree. With our support, you can earn the credits you need to complete your bachelor’s degree online without putting commitments like work and family on hold.

UT offers two areas of emphasis to ensure students can take online courses that align with their academic and professional goals. Those interested in policy work, public administration, or not-for-profit work can pursue the Public Policy & Administration concentration. Students keen on exploring the humanities may prefer the social studies courses that fall within the Cultures & Societies concentration.     

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, enabling you 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.

Areas of Emphasis

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. Online 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 improve 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 online students with a deeper 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. Courses include: People and Environment, Bioethics, and Religion and Society in North America.

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. It will also be essential to managing effective teams.

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 Volunteer Difference

No matter your degree or status, graduates of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville are Volunteers for life. We’re proud of our Vol family, composed of generations of doers from around the world. Our online degree completion program aligns closely with our commitment to empowering learners of all ages and backgrounds to achieve their dreams through accessible and affordable education. In addition to the full support of the UT network, bachelor’s completion students benefit from the academic flexibility now synonymous with online learning.

Career Advancement and Return on Investment

At UT, we’re proud to offer a bachelor’s degree completion program that helps students hone their critical thinking, research and analysis, and human behavior skills. It’s broad by design, encouraging adult learners from all backgrounds to expand their knowledge base while finishing a degree that’s proven to increase their earning potential. 

Those interested in specializing their learning experience further can choose between our two areas of emphasis. Whatever your passion and motivation, we’re committed to helping you advance your career with a bachelor’s when you finish it at UT. 

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 online.

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020

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

39%

On average, bachelor’s degree holders earn 39% more than associate’s degree holders each year.1

2%

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.2

Faculty

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

PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY

Specialties
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

LECTURER, DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS

Specialties
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

DISTINGUISHED LECTURER, DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

Specialties
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

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY

Specialties
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

HEAD

DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS

Specialties
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

PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

Specialties
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

FAQ

Have questions about how you can complete your bachelor's degree online with UT? Find answers to frequently asked questions about our online degree 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.

The average number of total credits required for graduation is 60. Time to completion will vary based on the number of credits taken each semester.

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 hold an eligible associate’s degree from an accredited institution to be considered for the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Programs. For comprehensive eligibility information, review our admissions criteria or contact a member of our team today.

Application waivers are available on a case-by-case basis. Applicants seeking a waiver  should fill out the fee waiver form and email it to UT Knoxville's Undergraduate Admissions office.

Accreditation

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and has been authorized to offer distance education courses since 1998.

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1Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022