Students will engage in interdisciplinary studies
TRU’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) offers numerous options within the program, from streams that prepare for post-graduate programs like medicine or law, to Tourism’s six Adventure Tourism concentrations for Adventure diploma graduates who want to study a specific adventure-related topic from the perspective of other disciplines.
- The development of Associate and Baccalaureate Degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies to be offered jointly between Williams Lake, the Regional Centres and the Kamloops campus, particularly in the contexts of the 4 core Academic Themes identified in the Academic Plan
- Further development of interdisciplinary offerings with domestic and international partners, particularly in the contexts of Aboriginal, local, and global student awareness and the 4 core Academic Themes identified in the Academic Plan
- The articulation of an university-wide Interdisciplinary Studies approach, and increased flexibility for students to combine credentials and programs
- The articulation of an institutional structure that enables interdisciplinary programming across all programs and between credential levels, including the development of mechanisms that enable faculties to overcome institutional barriers to interdisciplinary programming
- The development of a university-wide Interdisciplinary Studies Masters degree
- Fully articulated Interdisciplinary programs for each of the 4 core Academic Themes identified in the Academic Plan
- The development of fully articulated Interdisciplinary programs that blend trades, vocational, creative and academic learning
- Experiential "tours" of different program areas for first-year students
The Academic Plan in Action
“The power of a project like this comes from the fact that it’s the truth — you will be watching real people tell the truth about themselves.” — Robin Nichol, Department of Visual and Performing Arts Chair
To truly understand the route into homelessness and the shape it takes, one must ask those who are in the midst of it — and listen as they tell their stories.
Home/Less/Mess set to premiere
So often, quality of life indicators are designed for use in large urban centres with the results being used to rank one city against another.
When applied to small cities many of those indicators become irrelevant so for the past several years Gilles Viaud (Geography) has been quietly working to establish ‘quality of place’ indicators that work for small cities; his system and results are nearly complete.
Measuring quality of place in the small city
When TRU Electrical Foundation students travelled to one of the least developed areas in Mexico to install solar panels, it wasn;t just the villagers who saw the light and were inspired.
Powerful opportunities for trades international practicum
Why put your education plans on hold for a gap year of expensive travel in Europe?
Spend summer in Europe while gaining credit
Stefanie Gale graduated with her Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies from TRU, and the experiences she gained while at TRU have reinforced her passion for learning.
The newly developed BIS program was launched at an ideal time for Stefanie. She embraced the flexibility and independence of the program and built her own educational pathway. “I was able to pull together a very unique and personalized program.”
Stefanie Gale's Story
“Researching and writing something that has applicable outcomes is very helpful when entering the workforce.”
- Bonnie Klohn
In Canada: With the flexibility of the BIS program, Bonnie could take courses from different fields which allowed her to bring in new ideas to the research she was doing.
Portugal: In her last year of the program she was invited, to present their research at a conference in Portugal. Presenting and publishing the research through an international event provided excellent undergraduate educational experience.
New York City: With Bonnie's research, she accessed the Comprehensive University Enhancement Fund (CUEF) which allowed her to go to a United Nations conference in New York.
Research, writing and travel – a winning combination for Bonnie.