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Online Bachelor's Degree inInterdisciplinary Professional Studies

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A 100% online degree to suit the nontraditional learner, the Interdisciplinary Professional Studies program allows students to fully customize their course load and meet a wide range of professional needs.

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Overview

In recent years, Interdisciplinary Professional Studies has become an increasingly popular field of study, satisfying the curriculum needs that more structured degrees cannot. Some students enroll in this program to achieve a well-rounded education, some to fulfill specific career requirements particular to their industries, and many to earn a general bachelor’s degree while exploring their favorite subjects.

Earn Your Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Professional Studies

Regardless of the reason you’re interested in pursuing a major in Interdisciplinary Professional Studies, CSU-Global’s unique program provides students with the freedom to customize their academic experiences. Students are able to assemble their own course lists from more than 120 courses, spanning all of our bachelor’s degree programs, and pair them with any specialization of their choice. The sum of their classroom experiences culminates in a final capstone project that ties their courses together into a unified program.

CSU-Global offers the Interdisciplinary Professional Studies curriculum as an answer to nontraditional students seeking to achieve soft skills while attending an online university. Each of the 150 available courses develops up to eight soft skills, with each course load required to fulfill all of them.

Thus, in addition to gaining a custom university education, students are guaranteed to graduate from this program with a set of the following soft skills:

  • Global Understanding
  • Critical Thinking
  • Decision-making
  • Communication
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Problem-Solving

Description

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Professional Studies is an individualized program designed to equip students with the knowledge and abilities necessary to effectively and efficiently work in current and future industries that drive local and global economic prosperity. Emphasis is placed on effective communication, quantitative skills, global awareness, social responsibility, technology, critical-thinking skills, business skills, strategic innovation, and a commitment to lifelong learning.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate critical-thinking and decision-making skills based on interdisciplinary knowledge.
  • Communicate across disciplines using multiple technologies and media.
  • Integrate the knowledge from a wide variety of disciplines to have a better understanding of the world as a global society.
  • Demonstrate the skills needed for ethical reasoning and problem-solving.

Faculty

All courses are taught by qualified instructors with current industry experience. Our instructors hold advanced degrees in their fields, and are specially trained to teach online, so you and your fellow students can think more critically about how the subject matter applies to real-world situations.

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Courses

Required Classes

  • ORG300: Applying Leadership Principles

    This required first course for all majors provides an overview of leadership basics. Leadership skills are important to all fields of study because regardless of the role a person assumes in an organization he or she will need to influence others in order to accomplish the goals and tasks of their work. The course engages students in discussion, exploration and application of leadership skills, principles and practices. Students will learn about the relationships and connections among leaders, individuals and organizations. Topics include communication, motivation, problem solving, organizational change, and workplace conflict.

  • IPS450: Individualized Learning Portfolio

    TBD

Choose 8 more major courses from the approved course list to build a degree perfect for you!

  • Download the full list of possible courses here
  • Students must select 1 course for each of the following criteria areas:
    • Communication
    • Qualitative Skills
    • Global Awareness
    • Social Responsibility
    • Technology
    • Critical Thinking
    • Business
    • Strategic Information
  • Minimum of 3 courses must be at the 400 Level

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Specializations

  • Computer Programming

    Computer Programming specialization is aimed at non-computer science majors who would like to broaden their programming capabilities. Courses cover an entire spectrum of basic programming and software development techniques for analysis, design, and implementation of software applications across various operating systems and platforms.

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  • Construction Management

    The Construction Management specialization helps students understand the standards and leadership skills required to manage construction projects. This industry-specific specialization can be applied to your degree as a way to ready yourself for the construction field.

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  • Criminal Forensics

    The Criminal Forensics program is ideal for students interested in crime scene investigation and forensic science. Gain the knowledge and skills to pursue or advance a career as a medical examiner, crime analyst, criminal investigator, or similar position in this exciting field.

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  • Criminal Justice Management

    The criminal justice field includes careers in security, the court system, corrections, forensics, as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The Criminal Justice Management program provides advanced leadership skills to further one’s professional development in these areas.

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  • Criminology

    The Criminology program focuses on the study of crime, criminal behavior, and the legal system. Students pursuing a career in law enforcement, social work, forensics, welfare, pathology, probation, or other public safety positions will gain a competitive advantage through the Criminology program.

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  • Cyber Security

    The Cyber Security Specialization is ideal for IT professionals who understand the importance of data and network security in today’s global businesses. Learn to mitigate online threats and ensure sensitive organizational information is protected.

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  • Data Management and Analysis

    The Data Management and Analysis program is designed for students interested in careers related to information systems and networking. Professionals interested in the information technology field who desire in-depth knowledge of how to manage enterprise data should consider this program.

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  • Emergency Management

    While emergency situations cannot always be avoided, proper critical response and preparation can drastically improve public safety. The Emergency Management program provides professionals, including safety directors, emergency specialists, consultants, analysts, and direct responders, with the skills necessary in a wide array of emergencies.

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  • Foundations of Accounting

    This program provides business principles and other applied skills in the area of accounting to assist professionals at all levels. In addition to accountants and CPAs, this program provides financial understanding for budget and cost analysts, payroll specialists, auditors, tax consultants, advisors, managers, and more.

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  • Healthcare Management

    The Healthcare Management program provides professionals in clinics, hospitals, private practices, nursing homes, research facilities, and more with the focused training required to handle the unique management challenges of the healthcare industry. This program gives students a competitive edge in an ever-changing field.

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  • Hospitality and Tourism Management

    The Hospitality and Tourism Management Specialization provides a foundation in key sectors and functions. Students will be prepared with a variety of practical skills and knowledge that may be applied directly to practice in this industry.

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  • Human Resources and Organizational Development

    Students interested in pursuing a career in Human Resources should consider adding this specialization to their bachelor’s degree coursework. It provides a background in personnel management, staff training and development, policy and procedures, and more. When completed as part of the B.S. in Business Management degree, this specialization aligns with educational standards from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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  • Information Technology Management

    As technology continues to advance, the need for qualified IT managers grows as well. Through the Information Technology Management Specialization, students gain the administrative knowledge needed to meet the demands of corporate technology systems including problem solving, resource allocation, networking, security, and more.

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  • Information Technology Operations

    This program provides a basic understanding of technology operations, networking, problem-solving, development, and more. Professionals interested in careers that require knowledge of information technology, including administrators, department managers, system analysts, and more, will benefit from this program.

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  • International Business

    The undergraduate specialization in International Business prepares students for international management career opportunities within multinational industries and organizations. Learners will gain an understanding of economic, legal, governmental, financial, and cultural issues related to international business.

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  • Marketing

    Students interested in the global field of marketing will benefit from this specialization, which includes promotion, creative services, public relations, research, consulting, communications, advertisement, strategy, branding, and much more. The Marketing program provides the tools necessary to be successfully employed in many areas within this field.

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  • Operations Management and Supervision

    The Operations Management and Supervision program is ideal for students who pursue careers in logistics or manufacturing and production. These courses provide knowledge and skills to improve efficiency, efficacy, and performance in organizational operations.

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  • Organizational Leadership

    If you wish to advance into a management role in your organization or further your management skills as they apply to staff, effective decision making, strategic communication, and more you should consider the Organizational Leadership program in addition to your your bachelor’s degree major or as a certificate of completion.

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  • Project Management

    Students interested in project management should consider this program to gain comprehensive theories and concepts on how to improve organizational efficiency and performance on a per project basis. Ideal for both Project Management Professionals (PMP) and those interested in entering this growing field.

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  • Public and Non-Profit Management

    Students interested in careers within the public and non-profit sectors should consider pursuing a specialization or certificate of completion in Public and Non-Profit Management. This program provides students with management and decision-making abilities necessary within these organizations.

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  • Public Relations

    Public relations specialists aim to generate a positive image for their clients by maintaining relationships with media professionals, developing campaigns, creating print and web-based materials, writing speeches, and managing digital media.

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  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship

    Students who have a desire to work with a start up business or manage their own entrepreneurial enterprises will gain the variety of skills necessary to be successful through this specialization.

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  • Strategic Communications

    Effective communication can increase efficiency and results in a wide array of professional positions. The Strategic Communication program improves both internal and external messaging, delivery, and comprehension for managers, consultants, marketing and public relations specialists, human resources, and more.

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  • Virtualization and Cloud Computing

    Modern day technology is fast, complex, and absolutely necessary for the growth, stabilization, and day-to-day functions of organizations across the globe. The core technology that provides cloud service and deployment models, with the flexibility of “capacity on demand” and “pay as you go” computing resources, is virtualization.

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Cost and Schedule

Cost

Earning your master’s degree shows you have excellent critical thinking and decision making skills. Earning it at CSU-Global means you're already pretty good at it. Our promise to you is an affordable education with low tuition rates guaranteed not to increase for as long as you are enrolled, with no student fees or out-of-state tuition up charges. 

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Schedule

We know you’re busy, but school can fit into your professional, family, and other life obligations. Our year-round, 100% online classes give you the flexibility to learn and study when it’s most convenient for you.

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