Integrative Studies


Bachelor of Science | College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science

What is Integrative Studies?

With a variety of unique concentrations, the Bachelor of Integrative Studies (BIS) program meets the challenges of a 21st century education, while maintaining the Miami tradition of academic excellence. Students in Integrative Studies build a Bachelor's degree that works best for them, by making connections among fields of study that fit their educational, career, and personal goals. Unlike a general studies degree, the BIS incorporates a set of three seminars designed to help students reflect upon their educational options and purposefully design a degree that can work for them now and in the future. The Bachelor of Integrative Studies (BIS) degree program is offered exclusively through Miami University's regional system in Hamilton, Middletown and the Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Unique Concentrations

Offering more than a dozen concentrations, students are able to select the degree program that fits their personal and professional goals.

Course Selection

Every concentration allows students to choose a variety of course options.

Interdisciplinary Approach

Our faculty work together across disciplines to create an integrative focus.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

The BIS program includes three required seminars that help you analyze and connect the knowledge and skills you gain from other courses and experiences. These seminars are each designed to emphasize a specific area: self, other, and product. While the three BIS seminars do have different areas of emphasis, each seminar builds on work completed in the the prior one and develops connections with other classes. The three required seminars are BIS 201, BIS 301, and BIS 401 (which also serves as a capstone). The three seminars emphasize the integration of your academic study, beginning with the planning of your degree and culminating in a major project that caps your learning.

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.

Within each concentration, students are able to customize their degree program and design a course of study that directly relates to their personal and professional goals.

What can I do with this major?

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Integrative Studies are well suited to enter into the 21st century workplace. Many graduates use their degree as the foundation for their professional career, while others gain the opportunity for advancement. Graduates are also well suited for advanced study in a graduate program.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Interdisciplinary and Communication Studies
Hamilton Campus
103 Phelps Hall
Hamilton, OH 45011

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