Bachelor of Integrative Studies

For information, contact the Department of Interdisciplinary and Communication Studies at BIS@MiamiOH.edu or 513-785-3055.

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 32 credit hours prior to enrolling in BIS 201.
  • Students must complete the entire Miami Plan for Liberal Education or Ohio 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

  • Students must attain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in courses in the major. Courses in the major include: The BIS core seminars (BIS 201BIS 301BIS 401: 9 credits in total).
  • Must earn at least a C- in BIS 201 and BIS 301.  
  • Courses in the student's chosen concentrations (minimum 15 credits for Concentration I & 15 credits for Concentration II).
Integrative seminars
BIS 201Introduction to Integrative Studies3
BIS 301Integrative Studies Seminar II3
BIS 401Senior Integrative Seminar3
21st-century literacies
Select two of the following:6-8
Design, Perception & Audience
Quantitative Business Methods - An Introduction
Computer-Based Business Analysis
Social Media and Career Development
Technology, Ethics, and Global Society
Workplace Writing
Technical Writing
Digital Writing and Rhetoric: Composing with Words, Images and Sounds
Map Interpretation
Information Studies in the Digital Age
Statistics
Business Statistics
Applied Statistics
Concentrations
Select and complete fifteen hours in one concentration and fifteen hours in another.30
No more than 5 courses from 1 discipline.
No departmental overlap allowed with Thematic Sequence and concentrations.
A minor may be used in place of concentration 2.
Total Credit Hours45-47

Concentrations

Applied Kinesiology

Select one of the following:4
Principles of Human Physiology
Motor Skill Learning and Performance
and Motor Skill Learning and Performance Laboratory
Select one of the following:3
Personal Health
Functional Anatomy
Fitness and Conditioning
Games and Sport
Select one of the following:3-4
Children and Families: Ages Conception - 12
Advanced Interpersonal Communication
Introduction to Organizational Communication
Sociology of Families
Developmental Psychology
Select one of the following:6
Lifetime and Adventure Activities
Children and Youth in Sport
Total Credit Hours16-17

Applied Sociology

Select one of the following:3-4
Social Relations
Sociology in a Global Context
Select one of the following:3-4
Social Problems
Social Deviance
Select one of the following:3
Applied Anthropology
Social Psychology
Advanced Interpersonal Communication
Take the following:3
Research Methods
Select one of the following:3-4
Field Experience in Applied Sociology
Applied Sociological Research
Communication in Conflict Management
Total Credit Hours15-18

Child Development

Select one of the following:3-4
Introductory Child Development: PreBirth through Age 8
Children and Families: Ages Conception - 12
Child Development
Select one of the following:3-5
Foundations of Language and Literacy
Serving and Supporting Children, Youth, and Families II
Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle
Introduction to Child Care Administration
Issues of Health & Wellness for the Young Child
Select two of the following:6
Family Poverty
Teaching with Children's Literature Across the ECE Curriculum
Sociology of Families
Children and Families: Ages Conception - 12
Infant Development
Select one of the following:3
Studies in Educational Issues
Children and Youth in Sport
Family Violence
Total Credit Hours15-18

Contemporary American Experience

Select one of the following:3
Introduction to American Cultures
America: Global and Intercultural Perspectives
Life and Thought in American Literature
Diversity and Culture in American Film
American Politics and Diversity
Select three of the following:9
Asian American Literature
Special Topics in American Studies
Modern America
Native North America: Anthropological Perspectives
Race and Ethnic Relations
Race in U.S. Society
American Women Writers
Native American Literature
Appalachian Literature
Latino/a Literature and the Americas
Contemporary American Fiction
African American Writing, 1946-Present
The United States in the 1960s
Women in American History
Argumentation and Debate
Select one of the following:3-6
Gender and Genre
Special Topics in Literary Study
Political Communication
Total Credit Hours15-18

Cross Cultural Leadership

Select one of the following:3
Peoples of the World
Introduction to Global Business
World History Since 1945
Introduction to International Studies
Select two of the following:6
Asian American Literature
Introduction to Latin America
Latin America: Anthropological Perspectives
The Middle East: Anthropological Perspectives
Travelers, Migrants, and Refugees: Transnational Migration and Diasporic Communities
Civilization of Africa
Race and Ethnic Relations
Race in U.S. Society
African American Writing, 1746-1877
African American Writing, 1878-1945
African American Writing, 1946-Present
Modern Chinese History
Race and Ethnic Relations
Select two of the following:6
Anthropology & Global History
Cross Cultural Leadership Skills
Communication in Conflict Management
Intercultural Communication
The Economics of Organization in a Global Economy
Total Credit Hours15

Environmental Studies

Select one of the following:3
Environmental Biology
Plants, Humanity, and Environment
Human Anatomy and Physiology
The Dynamic Earth
Environmental Geology
Select one of the following:3
Evolution of Plant Biodiversity: Genes to Biosphere
Evolutionary Biology
Fundamentals of Ecology
Select one of the following:3
Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation
Water and Society
Geoenvironmental Field Methods
Introduction to Environment and Sustainability
Principles of Environmental Science
Select two of the following:6-7
Ecological Anthropology
Environmental Education: Focus on Natural History
Conservation Biology
Principles and Applications of Environmental Science
Total Credit Hours15-16

Families, Gender and Society

Select three of the following:9-11
British Women Writers
Children's Literature
Serving and Supporting Children, Youth, and Families I
Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle
Children and Families: Ages Conception - 12
Developmental Psychology
Sociology of Gender
Introduction to Women's Studies
Introduction to GLBT Studies
Sexualities
Select one of the following:3-4
Women in American History
Sociology of Families
Contemporary Moral Problems
Women and Difference: Intersections of Race, Class, and Sexuality
Select one of the following:3
Studies in Educational Issues
Adolescent Development in Diverse Families: Ages 13-25
Family Violence
Children and Youth in Sport
Gender and Aging
Total Credit Hours15-18

Geographic Information Science

Select one of the following:3
Database Design and Development
Database Systems and Data Warehousing
Select all of the following:12
Geographic Information Systems
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Python Programming for ArcGIS
Techniques and Applications of Remote Sensing
In order to complete the GISci certificate program, students must also take one of the following:1-20
Internship
GIScience Techniques in Landscape Ecology
Aerial Photo Interpretation

Health Care Administration

Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Managerial Accounting
Medical Terminology
Personal Organizational Skills
Financial Information for Managers
Principles of Microeconomics
Information Technology and the Intelligent Enterprise
Select two of the following:6-7
Introduction to Health and Risk Communication
Epidemiology
U. S. Health Care System and Culture
Medical Ethics
Select one of the following:3
Leadership Decision Skills
Global and Strategic Issues in Information Technology
Challenges in Health Care Delivery
Total Credit Hours15-16

Information Technology Strategy for Organizations

Select two of the following:6
Database Design and Development
Systems Analysis and Design
Information Management and Retrieval
IT Project Lifecycle II: Implementation and Deployment
Select one of the following:3
Technical Writing
Grant and Proposal Writing
Project Management
Take the following:
CIT 358Information Technology Assurance and Security3
CIT 448Global and Strategic Issues in Information Technology3
Total Credit Hours15

Organizational Leadership

Select two of the following including at least one STC course:6
Computer-Based Business Analysis
Social Media and Career Development
Social Psychology
Theories of Communication
Advanced Interpersonal Communication
Introduction to Organizational Communication
Take the following:9
Personal Organizational Skills
Financial Information for Managers
Introduction to Managerial Accounting
Leadership Decision Skills
Total Credit Hours15

Personal Community Health Perspectives

Select one of the following:3
Medicinal and Therapeutic Plants
Disability Identity
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Physical Activity and Health
Microorganisms and Human Disease
Community Health Perspectives
and Experimenting with Microbes
Select three of the following:9-10
Medical Terminology
Children and Families: Ages Conception - 12
Personal Health
Epidemiology
Teaching Strategies in Health Care
U. S. Health Care System and Culture
Grief and Mourning: A Global Perspective
Medical Ethics
Psychology Across Cultures
Small Group Communication
Select one of the following:3
Challenges in Health Care Delivery
Health and Aging: Current Perspectives and Issues
Intercultural Communication
Total Credit Hours15-16

Staffing and Recruitment 

CMR 112Introduction to Human Resources Management3
Select two of the following:6
Payroll Records and Accounting
Management of Business Operations
Management of Worker Relations
Introduction to Global Business
Customer Service & Satisfaction
Introduction to Nonprofits and NGOs
Psychology Across Cultures
Select one of the following:3
Technical Writing
Race and Ethnic Relations
Sociology of Families
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
Leadership Decision Skills
Social Media and Career Development
Communication in Conflict Management
Advanced Organizational Communication
Total Credit Hours15

Understanding Media and Visual Culture

Select one of the following:3
Images of America
Design, Perception & Audience
Introduction to Media
Select two of the following:6
National Cinemas: African Film
Literature and Film (maximum 6)
Shakespeare and Film
Digital Writing and Rhetoric: Composing with Words, Images and Sounds
Film History and Analysis
Media, Representation, and Society
American Film as Communication
Select one of the following:3
The History of Photography
Topics in Film
U.S. Consumerism, 1890-Present
Social Media Cultures
Select one of the following:3
Mass Media Criticism
Advocacy in Contemporary America
Political Communication
Total Credit Hours15