Complete COMM-130 or COM-100.
Explore Integrated Studies (B.S.)
Take the next step in your career through an individualized, expedited course of study. Designed to help adult students maximize transfer credit opportunities and reach completion quickly, Champlain's online integrated studies bachelor's degree is your chance to customize a degree based on your professional experiences and educational background. This degree is ideal for those who have significant prior academic experience and professional training in a particular area, and want to leverage these experiences in pursuit of a degree.
Build Your Career Future
Increasing numbers of jobs - across all industries - now require a minimum of a bachelor's degree for hiring. Our integrated studies degree helps you gain the competencies today's employers are looking for, with an emphasis on key business and soft skills (such as critical thinking and communication) that are applicable to a variety of fields, and that you can carry through your career. You'll also be able to differentiate your degree through a focused area of specialization based on your previous academic and professional experience.
Prospective students interested in the BS in Integrated Studies online program must have completed 40 credits (between prior college experience; alternative credit providers, such as Study.com; NCCRS and ACE-evaluated training; and other certifications Champlain evaluates for college credit) in a "focus area" prior to attending Champlain.
Examples of past focus areas include, but are not limited to:
- Business management
- Criminal justice
- Emergency management
- Fire and rescue studies
- Military studies
- Paralegal studies
- Technology management
Academic Excellence and Recognition
Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education
Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report
Designated as a Military Friendly School for our commitment to the military community
Named among the top MBA programs by Abound/Colleges of Distinction
Pursue Your Business Career
Business and financial occupations are expected to grow 7% from 2018 to 2028 faster than the average growth for all fields, as a result of an increasingly complex global business landscape. The median annual wage for these roles is over $68,000.
In our online integrated studies degree program, you will create a focus area that is tailored to your academic background and professional experiences, and will gain the competencies today's employers are looking for. This degree will prepare you for a variety of career paths in the business world, including human resources, business management, information technology, administrative services, operations, and sales.
*Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019; job titles: Study.com, 2019
Top Jobs for Bachelor's in Integrated Studies Graduates
- Business Development Specialist
- Financial Analyst
- Information Technology Specialist
- Management Consultant
- Office Manager
- Operations Manager
- Sales Representative
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online integrated studies bachelor's degree, designed for working professionals.
Champlain's online integrated studies courses encompass the top skills needed by today's business professionals. Graduates of the program are required to complete the following courses.
Professional Courses (58 credits):
- Area of Study (from prior college experience. 40 credits required)
- Managing Behavior in Organizations
- Financial Systems for Management
- Project Management or Project Management Standards & Behaviors
- Microeconomics or Macroeconomics
- Organizational Communication
- Business Law I
General Education Courses (21 credits):
- Interpersonal Communication
- Intercultural Communication
- Critical Reading & Expository Writing I
- Critical Reading & Expository Writing II
- Writing in the Workplace
- Introduction to Statistics (15-week course)
- Ethics in the Professions
- Critical Thinking
- Intro to Psychology
- Humanities/Science/Math Electives (9 credits required)
- Lab Science (4 credits required)
- General Electives (22 credits required)
Integrated Studies Course Descriptions:
There are two ways to view behavior in organizations: cultural/interpretive and technical/rational. Students will explore both views, how they explain and predict organizational behavior and the management approaches they inform. Within these contexts, students will explore team and individual behaviors, ethical and diversity issues in the workplace, and how to foster success in the face of significant change. Students will apply course concepts to real-world scenarios and their personal experiences.
Students will learn about the financial operations and analysis tools of any business or organization and their role in the success of the enterprise. Students will learn how to read and interpret financial statements and how to apply cost accounting theories and methods. They will gain a general knowledge about operational and capital budgeting processes and how to apply financial goals to departments and units and monitor financial performance against those goals.
Organizations value project management skills for all employees because these skills make everyone more effective and efficient. You will be introduced to skills that define a project's scope, specifications and assumptions. You will also learn to develop a work breakdown structure and task plan, and to schedule and control the, project. These skills can be used immediately, in work and home life.
Project Management II introduces students to the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Standards and Behaviors. You will explore the body of knowledge that forms the foundation for the field of project management, and begin to develop the competencies required to be eligible for the PMP examination. You will also reinforce competencies learned in Project Management I and focus on processes used in professional projects, including skills needed to define a project's scope, create a project charter, develop a work breakdown structure, task plan, schedule, and controlling the work. Finally, the project you begin in MGMT-262 will be completed in MGMT-265, allowing enough time to develop a comprehensively managed project.
Discusses the nature and method of economics with emphasis on microeconomic theory. Focus is on demand, supply, market equilibrium, elasticity, costs of production and resource pricing. Examines the market structures of pure competition, oligopoly and monopoly.
A general survey course that covers theories and applications of macroeconomics. Business firms, international economics, labor and government are included. Also examines monetary policy, taxes, public finances, economic output and growth, and international trade in the world economy.
Students will apply communication theory and research to address the particular challenges to communicating effectively in organizations. Students will learn how to identify organizational communication problems, analyze those problems, and generate effective solutions. Students will examine the relationship between organizational structure and specific communicative practices, and how communication practices by organizational members establish, maintain, or change organizational culture. They will also learn how to anticipate communication deficiencies in organizations, and use communication as a means to facilitate organizational development and innovation.
Provides an overview of the entire legal system, with an emphasis on contract rights. Discusses the essential elements of a contract, the breach of contracts and the remedies for breach. Presents business and consumer laws, including white-collar crime, landlord-tenant rights, real property interests and administrative law.
Students will study the basic concepts and theories of communication, and learn to apply this knowledge to improve their relationships with others through everyday communication. Specifically, students will learn how to interpret people's verbal and nonverbal behavior more accurately, and to be more aware of how others interpret communicative behavior. They will learn how to listen actively with empathy, and how to interact effectively and appropriately with others from different social and cultural backgrounds. Students will also explore how to use communication as a tool to develop their relationships and self-concepts, and how to manage conflict using specific communicative strategies.
This course builds on COM 130, but with an emphasis on how to develop skills for communicating competently in an increasingly diverse society. Students will explore how culture is communicated verbally and non-verbally, and how to interpret and understand culturally-specific communicative practices. They will also learn how to establish, develop and manage relationships with culturally different peoples, and how to recognize and overcome cultural stereotypes and prejudices.
Complete COMM-130 or COM-100.
Develops the ability to use writing for learning, thinking, and communicating. Includes an emphasis on critical reading of various texts for meaning, form, and voice. In order to discover their writing voices so they may communicate at a college level, students write several short formal and informal papers in response to their reading. They react to and summarize texts, develop and organize ideas, incorporate the ideas of others, revise and edit.
In addition to building on the skills learned in the first semester, this second-semester course develops the ability to write essays with an emphasis on research, critical reading and thinking. Students continue to learn strategies for writing texts that are clear, coherent, comprehensive, creative, concise and correct for a specific audience and purpose.
Specific application of common tools for writing in the working world. Students will be instructed in rhetorical strategies of professional writing including style, report formats, editing, document design, and integration of visual aids. Students will complete a semester-long writing project; oral and written reports associated with the process of problem-solving within the project will be included.
ENGL-112 or COR-125
How to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data in order to make decisions about the world. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, discrete probability distributions, normal probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing with one sample, hypothesis testing with two samples, correlation, regression, chi square tests, and analysis of variance.
Students will become familiar with arguments originating from the following schools of ethics: virtue ethics, deontology, and utilitarianism. Students will apply these ethical schools of thought to formulate arguments, practice deliberation and assess the implications of their decisions for various stakeholders in a professional context.
Must have 75 completed credits or permission of Program Director.
Encourages the democratic art of thoughtful and tolerant discussion. The initial emphasis on critical reading focuses on argument identification, structure, and evaluation. Topics for study include the basic elements of deduction and induction, implication, causality, forming and testing hypotheses, evidence, problem solving and the evaluation of sources of information. Students will apply skills and principles learned to the oral and written presentation of their own arguments.
ENG-310 or ENGL-112 Must complete 60 credits before taking this course.
A survey of the science of psychology, including an overview of human behavior in various areas such as physiopsychology, development, learning social psychology, personality and abnormal behavior.
Graduates of the integrated studies bachelor's online program will demonstrate the following skills, knowledge, and competencies:
- Successfully manage and interpret actions with colleagues and team members.
- Formulate goals and strategies to seek knowledge from multiple sources.
- Prioritize and set goals based on objectives and the availability of limited resources.
- Apply fundamental financial concepts to interpret and organization's financial performance.
- Apply the concepts of supply and demand, markets, and pricing to an organization.
- Systematically analyze available information to produce data-driven solutions to problems.
- Explore the ethical aspects of a decision, evaluate relevant issues, and weigh the considerations that might impact the choice of a course of action.
- Acquire in-demand technical, analytical and soft skills employers want - such as communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration - in general education courses that are a part of this degree.
Champlain College Online's integrated studies faculty, led by Assistant Dean of Curriculum & Assessment Elizabeth Gauffreau, M.A., are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s business professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the business world, and create a rich community of career-focused learning.
Alumni of the Champlain College Online bachelor's in integrated studies program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including:
- Cisco Systems
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- Department of the Navy
- Department of Veteran's Affairs
- GE Healthcare
- Global Foundries
- Keurig Dr. Pepper
- Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
- People's United Bank
- New England Federal Credit Union
- Social Security Administration
- Springfield Police Department
- State of Vermont
- St. Luke's Hospital
- University of Vermont Medical Center
- U.S. Army
- U.S. Postal Service
- Vermont Air National Guard
Titles our alumni hold include:
- Account Manager
- Advertising Sales Consultant
- Associate Manager, Corporate Security
- Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist
- Chief of Police
- Claims Technical Expert
- Contract Compliance Manager
- Data Analyst
- Engineering Technician
- Financial Manager
- Health Technician
- HR/Payroll Specialist
- Insurance Agent
- IT Specialist
- Medical Operations NCO
- Mortgage Sales Consultant
- Program Assistant
- Regional Coordinator
- Senior Software Quality Assurance Manager
Tuition & Costs
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Meet the Program Director
- Integrated Studies (B.S.)
Elizabeth Gauffreau is the Assistant Dean of Curriculum and Assessment at Champlain College, and the Program Director for the bachelor's in integrated studies program.
Ms. Gauffreau has worked extensively in higher education, including Saint Leo University and, prior to coming to Champlain, Granite State College, where she held a variety of roles, including, most recently, Director of Liberal Arts Programs and Writing & Communication Programs.
She holds a Master's in English/Writing from the University of New Hampshire, and has a Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment from the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning.
"With Champlain's transfer credit policy, I was able to apply much of the education I had already received toward my bachelor's degree, making it much more affordable. I feel like the value I received from the program way outweighed the price I paid for it."
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