Delivery Model

The BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS) program consists of three modules:

  • Foundation courses
  • An academic area of focus
  • A professional focus


The BA in Interdisciplinary Studies has three foundational courses. These courses provide an introduction to the learning community, facilitate an understanding of basic program learning outcomes and guide you towards establishing career goals.

  • INDS300 Writing Across Disciplines provides instruction in writing for academic and professional fields of practice and fosters critical reading skills.
  • INDS310 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies leads you into a thorough understanding of interdisciplinarity, multidisciplinarity, and transdisciplinarity. The course explores the benefits and challenges of integrating knowledge across professional fields and academic disciplines.
  • INDS400  Global Perspectives on Indigenous Ways of Knowing - This upper-level undergraduate online course that critically introduces students to Indigenous ways of knowing within the contexts of colonialism and contemporary challenges. Explores Indigenous perspectives on identity, the environment, knowledge acquisition, and renewed political relationships.

Academic Focus

After completion of your foundation courses, you will move into your academic area of focus.  These are all elective courses and can be a combination of pre-approved courses at Royal Roads, and up to 12 credits from an approved area of specialty at another, qualifying post-secondary institution.

If you wish, you can take courses at another post-secondary institution but you must first request permission from the program head to apply these credits to your BAIS degree.

You also have the option of completing a 6-credit internship. Depending on where you are within your professional life, you may wish to complete an internship which will allow you the opportunity to have an applied learning experience in a new field.  If you select this option, you will be supported in finding your own placement. 

The areas of study that you can focus on at RRU include:

  • Environmental
  • Justice Studies
  • Professional Communication
  • Business

Professional Focus

Once you have completed all of your coursework, you will move on to a 3-credit independent study and a 6-credit capstone senior research paper/project to demonstrate your applied research skills and understanding of research ethics and methods. You may engage in primary or secondary research. The senior research paper/project constitutes approximately 200 hours of work, and you will be paired with a faculty member who has expertise in the particular subject area you are focusing on. This faculty member will supervise both your senior research paper/project and independent study.

Program Competencies

In addition to the individualized program learning outcomes, you will achieve basic competency or more in five knowledge domains upon graduation:


  • Effective interpersonal and public communication (speaking, listening and feedback skills)
  • Effective preparation and presentation of written and visual materials
  • Ability to communicate ethically in diverse and difficult circumstances


  • Application of subject-specific expertise to contribute to problem-solving in applied fields of practice
  • Identification and use of appropriate research, assessment and reporting methods for the investigation and analysis of an issue, problem or project

Leadership and Teamwork

  • Leadership in personal learning and decision-making
  • Facilitation of the learning and decision-making ability of others
  • Developing and modelling personal and team visions, values and practices

Critical Thinking 

  • Application of critical thinking to the integration of objective and subjective knowledge in practice
  • Identification of and use of values and ethics when formulating solutions and recommendations

Global Awareness

  • Use of disciplinary concepts and links among these to explain how global and local issues are interconnected
  • Demonstration of how a global issue can be reflected in local events, and vice versa
  • Understanding of cultural dynamics underpinning the formation of local, regional and national communities and cultural identities

Please review the BA in Interdisciplinary Studies program guide for more information.