May 2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
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May 2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Professional Studies

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Program Description

The Interdisciplinary of Professional Studies program provides a course of study that allows a student to explore connections between traditional academic areas, and to pursue their emerging scholarly interests in the intersections between multiple disciplines and methodologies. This program offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore more than one discipline while developing strengths in multiple fields. Students will work closely with their advisers and professors to select courses from across the curriculum that will maximize their ability to simultaneously consider a topic, subject, or problem from the differing perspectives of independent disciplines. The customized degree plan allows students to achieve their academic goals within the parameters of degree requirements and prerequisites. The interdisciplinary program equips students with a broad array of relevant skills that provide entry into a multitude of occupational opportunities.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of their program, the student should be able to:

  • Identify, evaluate and apply information consumed in a variety of formats, from a variety of resources, informed by a variety of contexts to solve complex problems and make decisions;
  • Deconstruct a complex, contextualized problem into disciplinary components to discern how they are interdependent and conceive of a comprehensive, interdisciplinary solution;
  • Draw upon the perspective of multiple and relevant disciplines to understand that rationale behind alternative perspectives;
  • Identify social values, ideological frameworks, cultural norms and standard policies and practices that impact both the definition and the resolution of complex problems; and
  • Knowledgeably and constructively contribute to the discourse with an interdisciplinary perspective.

Potential Occupational Titles

Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, Police Officer, Airport Security (TSA), Probation Officer, Border Patrol Agent, Research Assistant, Research Associate, Assistant Systems Analyst, Customer Support Specialist, Software/Interface/QA Tester, QA Analyst, Data Assistant, Statistical Assistant, Project Manager, Business Analyst, Healthcare Clerk, Insurance Customer Relations Specialist, Networking Support Specialist, Networking Administrator, Help Desk Support Specialist, Practice Manager, Healthcare Consultant, Healthcare Manager, Healthcare Clerk, Data Analyst, Health Information Management (or specialist), Health Systems Management (or specialist), Private Security, and Digital Forensic Specialist.

Program Content

A minimum of 120.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.

Required Courses in IPS

All courses, 6.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Concentration Areas-Choose Two

18.00 semester credit hours, in each chosen area, are required.

Open Elective Courses

A minimum of 40.00 semester credit hours is required.

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in this bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 36.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline.

12.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications

  9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities

  6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics

  3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science

  6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 36.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

A minimum of 2.00 semester credit hours is required.

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