Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies


Associate Professor and Chair, Division of Continuing Studies

Mark L. Parker, PhD

Welcome to Norwich University’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Completion Program

Norwich University’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies is one of our newest online degree completion programs. The curriculum is designed for students with prior professional and academic experience who wish to complete a bachelor’s degree, but whose professional and personal situations do not require a degree in a specific discipline. Earning a bachelor’s degree yields a greater knowledge base and provides opportunities to advance in many career fields.

You will be provided a solid academic foundation in the major disciplinary areas of the academy and the interrelationships among those areas. Program emphasis is placed on “learning to learn” and applying what has been learned in personal, local, and global contexts.

Join professionals from around the globe and learn from experienced faculty as you complete your degree and open up new professional and personal possibilities for yourself.

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Mark L. Parker is Associate Professor and Chair, Division of Continuing Studies at Norwich University's College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. He is responsible for the online bachelor’s degree completion programs as well as all non-degree continuing education courses and programs. He also serves as the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies’ quality control officer for online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Prior to joining Norwich University in 2013 he worked at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), where he specialized in the creation, management, and improvement of UMUC’s online courses and programs. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Florida State University, and his PhD from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His areas of research interest include intercultural and technology-mediated communication; factors affecting student success and retention in online/web-based education; and English as a second/foreign language. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he has more than 25 years of experience in higher education administration and teaching.

Enrollment Advisor
Alexa Ward, MA

Alexa Ward joined Norwich in spring 2017. She majored in psychology from SUNY Oswego and continued her education at Marist College where she completed a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. Since graduation, she's worked as both an educator and counselor and is now pursuing her interest in higher education counseling by bringing her background, experience, and passion to Norwich's advising team.

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Featured Faculty

Tracey Poirier, MA

Lieutenant Colonel Tracey Poirier has served as the Commander of the Brigade Support Battalion since September 2013. She graduated from Norwich University in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Media Communications. She went on to complete her graduate education at Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar earning two master’s degrees, one in anthropology and one in human resource management.

LTC Poirier enlisted into the US Army Reserve in July 1991 where she served as a Unit Supply Specialist in Wellsville, New York. Her enlistment was shortened upon earning a United States Marine Corps Scholarship to attend Norwich University from which she received her commission in May 1996. During her eight years of active duty with the United States Marine Corps, she found herself stationed at Marine Forces Europe; Quantico, Virginia; and Camp Smith, Hawaii where she deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following her Active Duty service, LTC Poirier joined the Vermont Army National Guard in 2006 serving in several roles including Company Commander, Tactical Information Operations Course Instructor, 124th Regimental S-1, 86th IBCT (MTN) Brigade Rear-Detachment S-1, and Support Operations Officer for 186th Brigade Support Battalion. She will be attending the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for the 2016-17 academic year.

LTC Poirier began working at Norwich University in 2007 and has served as the Director of Annual Giving and the Director of the International Center. She is currently employed as the Assistant Vice President for Leadership and Student Experience at Norwich where she also instructs classes in English and anthropology. She resides in Barre Town with her husband, the other LTC Poirier, and their four children Emma, Beth, Will and John.

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Andrew Countis, MA

Andrew Countis is the Coordinator of Prior Learning for the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Norwich University and an adjunct faculty member for several Norwich online bachelor’s programs. He has over 15 years of experience in education in a variety of capacities. For Norwich, he has developed and taught several history courses including HIST210 History of the United States Constitution, HIST310 Historical Studies, and HIST425 American Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Louisiana State University, and his master’s degree in history from Southeastern Louisiana University. His areas of specialization include the modern American presidency and presidential elections.

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