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2020-2021

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Public and Social Service

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Applied Science: Human Services (Reynolds Community College)
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Program description

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies: Public and Social Service pathway combines Sociology and Public Management minors with the BIS core courses. This pathway positions students for careers in Social services and policy advocacy. By combining these two minors with instruction in interdisciplinary methodology, BIS students will understand how to navigate the interplay of societal needs and political bureaucracy. Upon graduation, students will be awarded both the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, and minors in Sociology and Public Management.

Career opportunities

BIS graduates with a focus in Public and Social Service are well prepared to seek employment at social service agencies, hospitals, local and state government agencies, and care facilities. 

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Community Coordinator
  • Daycare Manager
  • Human Services Program Specialist
  • Residential Program Director
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Social Services Provider
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Attorney
  • Higher Education Administrator
  • Nonprofit Director
  • Researcher
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin

    To be designed in consultation with your academic advisor

Highest level of math required
  • MATH 131
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • No
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0

Transfer major map
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Public and Social Service

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Applied Science: Human Services)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Attend Reynolds orientation (SOAR).
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Apply to the Reynolds Pathways Program.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to public and social services through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend Reynolds orientation (SOAR).
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Apply to the Reynolds Pathways Program.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to public and social services through the Virginia Wizard.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Public and Social Service

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Applied Science: Human Services)

Reynolds Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100College Success SkillsUNIV 1011Elective
CST 100Introduction to CommunicationSPCH 1213Elective
ENG 111College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education
ENG 112College Composition IIUNIV 2003General education
HLT 121Introduction to Drug Use and AbuseHPEX 1XX3General education (BIS Gen.Ed.)
HMS 100Introduction to Human ServicesUNIV 2XX3Elective
HMS 121Basic Counseling Skills IUNIV 2XX3Elective
HMS 122Basic Counseling Skills IIUNIV 2XX3Elective
HMS 141Group Dynamics ITREL 1XX3Elective
HMS 142Group Dynamics IITREL 1XX3Elective
HMS 225Functional Family InterventionUNIV 2XX3Elective
HMS 226Helping Across CulturesHUMS 3XX3General education (BIS Gen. Ed.)
HMS 227The Helper as Change AgentTREL 2XX3Elective
HMS 236GerontologyTREL 2XX3Elective
HMS 266Counseling PsychologyUNIV 2XX3Elective
HMS 290Coordinated Internship in Human ServicesUNIV 3XX3Elective
ITE 115Introduction to Computer Applications and ConceptsINFO 160, 161, 1623Elective
MEN 101Mental Health Skill Training IUNIV 1XX3Elective
MEN 102Mental Health Skill Training IIUNIV 1XX3Elective
MTH 154Quantitative ReasoningMATH 1313General education
PSY 230Developmental PsychologyPSYC 3043General education (BIS Gen. Ed.)
SOC 200Principles of SociologySOCY 1013General education
Humanities/Fine ArtsSelect 1: CST 151, CST 152, ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 244, ENG 251, ENG 252, ENG 253, ENG 254,, PHI 220, REL 231, REL 232VCU equivalent3General education
Reynolds credits transferred to VCU67
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Natural/Physical ScienceSelect 1: BIOL 101, BIOL/ENVS 103, CHEM 110, ENVS 201, FRSC 202, INSC 201, PHYS 103 3General education
POLI 310Public Policy 3Major
POLI 322State and Local Government and Politics 3Major
POLI 331Public Administration 3Major
POLIPublic Management Minor Elective courses (select 3): POLI 309, 321, 323, 329, 344, 370, or 493 9Major
SOCY 202Foundations of Theory 3Major
SOCYSociology Minor Elective courses (select 4): any upper-level SOCY or SOCS courses 12Major
UNIV 301Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice 3Major
UNIV 303Interdisciplinarity in the Professional World 3Major
UNIV 499BIS Capstone 3Major
Open electives8 to 9Elective
Credits completed at VCU53
Bachelor's degree total120
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