Concentrations

As part of the Bachelor of Integrative Studies degree program, students are required to select a primary and secondary concentration as part of their statement of educational objectives (SEO). The Concentrations (I & II) contribute to a major program outcome for the BIS degree: integrative learning

Integrative learning occurs as learners make meaning by applying concepts across varied settings and forging connections between different disciplines of study. Integrative approaches move beyond the fragmented curriculum to connect learning, and learning becomes greater than the sum of its parts. The BIS Concentrations make a major contribution to students' integrative learning. In addition, the combination of applied and liberal studies make it possible for students to build a curriculum that matches their academic and workforce advancement needs.

Requirements

To help facilitate integrative learning, the BIS degree offers several pre-designed concentrations, each of which could be used for Concentrations I or II. In addition, students have the opportunity to self-design a concentration that they may use as part of their program of study. Concentration I is made up of at least five classes (15 credit hours), from at least two different disciplines. In addition, courses in Concentration I must meet the following course level minimums: one class at the 100+(or 200 intro course) level, two at the 200+ level, one at the 300+ level, and one course at the 400 level.

Concentration II is made up of at least five classes (15 credit hours). Ideally, students should select a second concentration in a different academic discipline than Concentration I. For Concentration II, students may choose from the pre-existing concentrations, self-design their secondary concentration, or use an existing Miami Plan Thematic Sequence. However, only one 100-level class may be used in Concentration II and the selected secondary concentration must contain at least one course at the 300+ level.