Bachelor of Integrative Studies

Integrative learning is a process by which students connect knowledge and skills from multiple sources and experiences, apply knowledge and skills in varied settings, analyze diverse points of view, and understand issues contextually. The BIS is designed as a bachelor’s completion degree that is particularly appropriate for students who have earned an associate degree or have done other college-level work and desire to obtain a four-year degree. Courses in the BIS degree program are offered on Miami’s Hamilton and Middletown regional campuses as well as at the Voice of America Learning Center.

Special curriculum requirements:

  • Students must earn a minimum of 45 credit hours prior to enrolling in BIS 201.
  • Students must complete the entire Miami Plan for Liberal Education or Transfer Module.
  • Students must complete 32 credit hours at the regional campuses.
  • Students must complete at least 56 hours at the 200-level and above, including at least 21 hours at the 300-level and above.

Program requirements:

Note: Students must attain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in courses in the major. Courses in the major include: The BIS core seminars (BIS 201, BIS 301, BIS 401: 9 credits in total). Courses in the student's chosen concentrations (minimum 15 credits for Concentration I & 9 credits for Concentration II).

Integrative seminars

All of these:

BIS 201 Introduction to Integrative Studies (3)

BIS 301 Integrative Studies Seminar II (3)

BIS 401 Senior Integrative Seminar (3)

21st-century literacies

Take two of the following:

ART 256 Design, Perception & Audience (3)

BTE 109 Quantitative Business Methods - An Introduction (3)

BTE 282 Computer-Based Business Analysis (3)

CIT/CSE 262 Technology, Ethics, and Global Society (3)

ENG 215 Workplace Writing (3) or

ENG 313 Technical Writing (3)

ENG 224 Digital Writing and Rhetoric: Composing with Words, Images and Sounds (3)

GEO 241 Map Interpretation (3)

IMS 201 Information Studies in the Digital Age (3)

STA 261 Statistics (4) or

ISA 205 Business Statistics (4) or

STA 301 Applied Statistics (3)

Intercultural perspectives

Two courses totaling at least six (6) credit hours from the list below or from the list of Miami Plan Global Courses; or

any MPF World Cultures (IIIB) courses that has not already been used to satisfy a Miami Plan Foundation requirement; or

Courses or placement in a foreign language through the 202 level; or or

Courses or placement in a foreign language through the 201 level plus one additional course as detailed above; or

Courses or placement in a foreign language through the 102 level plus one additional course as detailed above.

ART 286 History of Asian Art, China, Korea, and Japan (3)

ATH 206/LAS 208 Latin American Civilizations (3)

ATH 301 Intercultural Relations (3)

ATH 303 Native American Culture (4)

ATH 307 The Middle East: Anthropological Perspectives (3)

ATH 325 Identity, Race, Gender, Class (3)

ATH 329 Religions of Africa (3)

ATH/BWS 366 African Oral Traditions (3)

ATH 388 Culture, Art, and Artifacts (3)

ATH 415/LAS 418 Caribbean Archaeology Field & Lab Methods (6)

BWS/GEO/REL 209 Civilizations of Africa (3)

BWS/PSY 210 Psychology Across Cultures (3)

BWS 225 The Making of Modern Africa (3)

BWS/FST 267 National Cinemas: African Film (3)

BWS/SOC 348 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)

BWS/HST 386 Race in U.S. History (3)

BWS/SOC 448 The African-American Experience (3)

BWS/GEO 455/555 Race, Urban Change, and Conflict in America (3)

CIT 448 Global and Strategic Issues in Information Technology (3)

CLS 102 Roman Civilization (3)

COM 436 Intercultural Communication (3)

EDP 209 Development, Learning & Diversity (3)

ENG/WGS 233 British Women Writers (3)

ENG 247 Appalachian Literature (3)

ENG 248 Asian American Literature (3)

ENG/BWS 336 African American Writing, 1746-1877 (3)

ENG 336 African American Writing, 1746-1877 (3)

ENG 337 African American Writing, 1878-1945 (3)

ENG 338 African American Writing, 1946-Present (3)

ENG 348 Ethnic American Literatures (3)

GEO 304 Latin American Development (4)

HST/REL 232 The Development of Christianity: 100-451 (3)

HST 246 Survey of Medieval History (3)

HST 270 Topics in European History (3-4)

HST 354 Modern Chinese History (3)

HST 383 Women in Chinese History (3)

HST 371 Native American History to 1800 (3)

LAS 315 Latin American Diaspora (3)

POL 271 World Politics (4)

POL 326 Comparative Ethnic Politics (3)

POL/WGS 346 Global Gender Politics (3)

POL 439 North American Politics: Unity and Diversity (3)

PSY 325 Psychology of Prejudice and Minority Experience (3)

SOC/WGS 203 Sociology of Gender (3)

Select and complete 15 hours in one of the following concentrations and 9 hours in another:

Applied Kinesiology

Take one of the following:

BIO 161 Principles of Human Physiology (4)

KNH 184 Motor Skill Learning and Performance (3)

KNH 184L Motor Skill Learning and Performance Laboratory (1)

Take one of the following:

KNH 293 Fitness and Conditioning (3)

KNH 294 Games and Sport (3)

Take one of the following:

COM 336 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3)

COM 339 Introduction to Organizational Communication (3)

FSW 281 Child Development in Diverse Families (4)

FSW/SOC 363 Sociology of Families (3)

PSY 231 Developmental Psychology (3)

Take both of the following:

KNH 392 Lifetime and Adventure Activities (3)

KNH 473 Children and Youth in Sport (3)

Applied Sociology

One of these:

SOC 151 Social Relations (4)

SOC 153 Sociology in a Global Context (3)

One of these:

SOC 201 Social Problems (4)

SOC 202 Social Deviance (4)

One of these:

ATH 411/511 Applied Anthropology (3)

COM 336 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3)

PSY 221 Social Psychology (3)

This course:

SOC 262 Research Methods (4)

One of these:

SOC 440 Field Experience in Applied Sociology (3-4)

SOC 462 Applied Sociological Research (3)

Contemporary American Experience

One of these:

AMS 205 Introduction to American Studies (3)

AMS 207 America - A Global Perspective (3)

ENG 143 American Literature 1945-Present (3)

POL 142 American Politics and Diversity (4)

Three of these:

ART 283 Modern America (3)

ATH 303 Native American Culture (4)

ATH 304 Native North America: Anthropological Perspectives (3)

BWS/SOC 348 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)

ENG/WGS 232 American Women Writers (3)

ENG/AMS 246 Native American Literature (3)

ENG/AMS 247 Appalachian Literature (3)

ENG/LAS 254 Latino/a Literature and the Americas (3)

ENG/BWS 338 African American Writing,1946-Present (3)

HST/AMS 367 The United States in the 1960s (3)

One of these:

ENG 468 Gender and Genre (3)

ENG 490 Special Topics in Literary Study (3; maximum 6)

Cross Cultural Leadership

One of these:

ATH 175 Peoples of the World (3)

BTE 244 Introduction to Global Business (3)

HST 296 World History Since 1945 (3)

ITS 201 Introduction to International Studies (3)

POL 102 Politics and Global Issues (3)

TWO of these:

ATH 305 Latin America: Anthropological Perspectives (3)

ATH 307 The Middle East: Anthropological Perspectives (3)

BWS/GEO/REL 209 Civilization of Africa (3)

GEO 207 Civilization of the Middle East (3)

HST 354 Modern Chinese History (3)

ATH 206/LAS 208 Introduction to Latin America (3)

TWO of these:

BTE 402 Cross Cultural Leadership Skills (3)

COM 436 Intercultural Communication (3)

ECO 305 The Economics of Organization in a Global Economy (3)

Environmental Studies

One of these:

BIO 121 Environmental Biology (3)

BIO 131 Plants, Humanity, and Environment (3)

BIO 171 Ecology of North America (3)

GLG 111 The Dynamic Earth (3)

GLG 121 Environmental Geology (3)

One of these:

BIO 204 Evolution of Plant Biodiversity: Genes to Biosphere (4)

BIO 206 Evolutionary Biology (3)

BIO 209 Fundamentals of Ecology (3)

One of these:

GEO 271 Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation (3)

IES 274 Environment and Sustainability (3)

IES 275 Principles of Environmental Science (3)

GLG 307 Water and Society (3)

Two of these:

ATH 471 Ecological Anthropology (3)

BIO 351 Environmental Education: Focus on Natural History (4)

BIO 467 Conservation Biology (3)

IES 431 Principles and Applications of Environmental Science (3)

Families, Gender, and Society

Three of these:

ENG 262 Children's Literature (3)

FSW 207 Serving and Supporting Children, Youth, and Families I (4)

FSW 261 Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle (3)

FSW 281 Child Development in Diverse Families (4)

FSW 381 Perspectives in Parenting (3)

SOC 203 Sociology of Gender (3)

PSY 231 Developmental Psychology (3)

WGS 201 Introduction to Women's Studies (3)

One of these:

SOC 361/FSW 363 Sociology of Families (3)

PHL 312 Contemporary Moral Problems (4)

WGS 301 Women and Difference: Intersections of Race, Class, and Sexuality (3)

One of these:

EDT 422 Studies in Educational Issues (3)

FSW 481 Adolescent Development in Diverse Families (3)

FSW/SOC/WGS 451 Family Violence (3)

KNH 473 Children and Youth in Sport (3)

SOC/GTY/WGS 463 Gender and Aging (3)

Geographic Information Science

One of these:

CIT 214 Database Design and Development (3)

ISA 245 Database Systems and Data Warehousing (3)

All of these:

GEO 441 Geographic Information Systems (3)

GEO 442 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3)

GEO 443 PYTHON Programming for ArcGIS (3)

GEO 448 Techniques and Applications of Remote Sensing (3)

In order to complete the GISci certificate program, students must also take ONE of the following:

GEO 340 Internship (1-20)

GEO 444 GIS Techniques in Landscape Ecology (3)

GEO 447 Aerial Photo Interpretation (4)

Health Care Administration

Two of these:

ACC 222 Introduction to Managerial Accounting (3)

BTE 301 Personal Organization Skills (3)

BTE 302 Financial Information for Managers (3)

ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3)

ISA 235 Information Technology and the Intelligent Enterprise (3)

Two of these:

MBI 361 Epidemiology (3)

NSG 321 U. S. Health Care System and Culture (3)

PHL 375 Moral Issues in Health Care (4)

One of these:

BTE 401 Leadership Decision Skills (3)

NSG 435 Challenges in Health Care Delivery (3)

CIT 448 Global and Strategic Issues in Information Technology (3)

Information Technology Strategy for Organizations

Two of these:

CIT 214 Database Design and Development (3)

CIT 276 Systems Analysis and Design (3)

CIT 348 Information Management and Retrieval (3)

CIT 458 Collaborative System Development and Integration (3)

One of these:

ENG 413 Grant and Proposal Writing (3)

ENT 316 Project Management (3)

Both of these:

CIT 358 Information Technology Assurance and Security (3)

CIT 448 Global and Strategic Issues in Information Technology (3)

Organizational Leadership

Two of these including at least one COM course:

BTE 282 Computer-Based Business Analysis (3)

COM 336 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3)

COM 339 Introduction to Organizational Communication (3)

PSY 221 Social Psychology (3)

All of these: Note: ACC 222 can be substituted for BTE 302.

BTE 301 Personal Organization Skills (3)

BTE 302 Financial Information for Managers (3)

BTE 401 Leadership Decision Skills (3)

Personal Community Health Perspectives

Take one of the following:

BIO 181 Medicinal and Therapeutic Plants (3)

DST/ENG 169 Disability Identity (3)

KNH 102 Fundamentals of Nutrition (3)

KNH 188 Physical Activity and Health (3)

MBI 111 Microorganisms and Human Disease (3)

MBI 131 Community Health Perspectives (2) and

MBI 123 Experimenting with Microbes (1)

Take three of the following:

COM 231 Small Group Communication (3)

FSW 381 Parent-Child Relations in Diverse Families (3)

KNH 242 Personal Health (3)

MBI 361 Epidemiology (3)

NSG 317 Teaching Strategies in Health Care (3)

NSG 321 U. S. Health Care System and Culture (3)

NSG 380S Grief & Mourning: Global Perspectives (3)

PHL 231 Happiness (4)

PHL 375 Moral Issues in Health Care (4)

PSY/AAA/BWS 210 Psychology Across Cultures (3)

Take one of the following:

COM 436 Intercultural Communication (3)

NSG 435 Challenges in Health Care Delivery (3)

NSG 441 Health and Aging: Current Perspectives and Issues (3)

Understanding Media and Visual Culture

ONE of these:

ART 183 Images of America (3)

ART 256 Design, Perception & Audience (3)

COM 143 Introduction to Media (3)

Two of these:

BWS 267 National Cinemas: African Film (3)

COM 212 Media, Representation, and Society (3)

ENG/FST 220 Literature and Film (3; maximum 6)

ENG/IMS 224 Digital Writing and Rhetoric: Composing with Words, Images and Sounds (3)

FST 201 Introduction to Film Criticism and History (3)

One of these:

ART 389 The History of Photography (3)

FST/ENG 350 Topics in Film (3)

HST 379 U.S. Consumerism, 1890-Present (3)

One of these:

COM 437 Advocacy in Contemporary America (3)

COM 438 Political Communication (3)

COM 447 Mass Media Criticism (3)

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