Complete COMM-130 or COM-100.
Explore Integrated Studies
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
Fast Start Formula Career Offerings
Increasing your career mobility is at the center of everything we do. As an online bachelor's degree student, you get free access to the Fast Start Formula Career Course for getting noticed and getting hired, taught by Jen Morris, a leading executive career coach that partners with us to support our students in their job search journeys. This online course is self-paced and full of tips and tricks to land a job you'll love. Jen also hosts live webinars to answer specific questions, share additional insights, and does live "hot seat" coaching.
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 the Best Private Online College by Intelligent.com
What Can You Do With A Degree In Integrated Studies?
Business and financial occupations are expected to grow 5% from 2019 to 2029 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 $72,250.*
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), 2020; job titles: Study.com, 2020
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.
Area of Study (from prior college experience. 40 credits required)
Professional Courses (18 credits):
General Education Courses (30 credits)
Science Literacy (4 credits)
Human Thought & Creative Expression (3 credits)
Human Behavior & Social Institutions (3 credits)
Historical Perspectives (3 credits)
General Electives (19 credits)
Professional Courses (18 Credits):
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.
Understanding financial statements and how to interpret them is important to all those working in businesses. In this course students learn the relationship among financial statements; study how to interpret this information and to apply this understanding in real-world contexts; and learn how to use financial information to help make sound management decisions.
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.
Project Management is the formal application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project-based activities to meet organizational requirements. Project management is accomplished through the use of processes such as Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing. Project managers can divide projects into these phases to provide better management control with appropriate links to the ongoing operations of the organization. Collectively, these phases, known as the project life cycle, form the foundation for the practice of project management and are guided by the Body of Knowledge from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Project schedules allow managers, team members, and stakeholders to track progress, set and manage expectations, communicate, control costs, and collaborate. Tasks and deliverables can be monitored and controlled to ensure timely delivery-and if any delays do occur, project managers can easily gauge their impact and make the necessary adjustments. Central to the schedule is a detailed understanding of the project budget, and working to control costs and manage stakeholder expectations.
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.
General Education Courses (30 Credits):
This course draws on fundamental concepts of contemporary communication research to help students identify and develop strategies to become effective and versatile communicators across media and settings. Students will examine and respond to a range of interpersonal situations through the critical evaluation of the three essential components of all communication: its purpose, audience, and context. Students will leave the course with the ability to reflect on and adapt their strategies to successfully and consistently communicate for a range of purposes across diverse settings.
This course draws on fundamental concepts of contemporary group communication research to help students identify and develop strategies to communicate effectively in small groups and teams for the cooperative purpose of advancing common goals. Students will draw on listening and responding strategies learned in COMM-130 Interpersonal Communication and apply them to communicating as a leader or member of a small group. They will also learn how to recognize and manage the types of conflicts that can arise in small groups. Prerequisite: COMM-130 Interpersonal Communication
Students will learn to navigate the rapidly changing nature of communication in the digital age, exploring electronically-mediated communication platforms, social networks, and online social media, while applying specific communication theories in order to determine best practices. Through reading, discussion, and assignments, students will work to overcome online communication barriers and gain a critical understanding of which tools are effective in which situations.
Take COMM-130 Interpersonal Communication
This course introduces students to the foundational concepts needed to communicate effectively in writing for academic study and professional development. Students will learn how to use the four stages of the writing process--prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing--to create written communication that meets its intended purpose for its intended audience. Students will also be introduced to rhetorical modes and their role in the development of written communication. A minimum grade of C is required for this course to meet a general education requirement.
This course builds on students' proficiency in the writing process and rhetorical modes to introduce the use of evidence from sources in written communication. Students will learn to determine the need for evidence from sources, identify types of information resources, develop effective search strategies, and incorporate evidence from sources in written communication legally and ethically. A minimum grade of C is required for this course to meet a general education requirement.
Complete ENGL-100 with a minimum grade of C or better
Mathematical reasoning, when applied to everyday and professional lives, has two dimensions: logic for deterministic situations and probabilities for non-deterministic situations. This course aims to help students develop these mathematical reasoning skills.
Accurate and appropriate visual data representation is increasingly critical in today's work environments. Students will develop skills in data organization, manipulation and interpretation in a way that supports data-driven decision-making and effective communication of numerical data
This course builds on students' proficiency in using evidence from sources to support their own prior knowledge to using evidence from sources to develop persuasive communication for a range of purposes, including solving problems and pursuing opportunities in the workplace, in addition to academic study. Students will learn to articulate effective inquiry questions, recognize errors in logic, interpret the validity of persuasive communication created by others, and develop effective persuasive communication of their own using evidence from sources. The role of accurate citation of sources in persuasive communication will also be addressed. A minimum grade of C is required for this course to meet a general education requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL-100 The Writing Process & ENGL-110 Introduction to Using Evidence from Sources in Writing.
Complete ENGL-100 and ENGL-110 with a minimum grade of C.
In this course, adult students demonstrate skills and knowledge from work and other life experiences in order to request credit for a specified degree requirement. Students use the conceptual framework of argumentation to make a logical case for credit in an e-portfolio. The portfolio will identify the context for the student's learning in the subject matter, trace its progression over time, and explain how the learning is equivalent to the specified CCO degree requirement. The student will then demonstrate proficiency in each course learning outcome and integrate the learning outcomes in a relevant case study. To achieve a course pass, the completed portfolio must demonstrate course outcome proficiency according to the framework and criteria described above. Portfolios meeting these criteria will be submitted to a faculty subject matter expert for evaluation.
Full admission into a CCO degree program, ENGL 111, ENGL 112, and approved PLA plan. Students within 12 credits of degree completion are not eligible to take CRIT 200.
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
This course introduces students to the fundamental elements of technical writing (clear, concise, and targeted)that are common among seven forms of technical communication: email correspondence, editing,employment communication, proposals, long, formal reports,oral communication, and inventions. Through peer reviews and writing workshops, students develop the ability to write and edit text that precisely targets its audience. This course emphasizes deepening and broadening students' writing, speaking, and thinking abilities in a non-lecture-based, hands-on, discussion-centered classroom.
ENGL-112 or COR-125
Choose One Science Literacy Course (4 Credits):
Introduces students to the biochemistry and physiology of nutrition and exercise. Emphasis will be placed on human body systems such as musculoskeletal, digestive, respiratory and circulatory, and their relationship to nutrition and fitness. Students will also study the biochemistry of energy conversion as it relates to exercise physiology. Laboratory sessions are designed to reinforce, by a hands-on approach, the principles discussed in lecture. Course includes two laboratory hours per week.
Students learn the biology, genetics, chemistry, and physics involved in the forensic investigation of crimes. A wide range of topics are studied including DNA, entomology, fingerprinting, trace evidence, serology (blood, saliva, and semen), blood spatter, and chemical analysis of drugs, alcohol, and other compounds. Students apply their new knowledge of forensic science through the use of case studies and laboratories. This course includes two laboratory hours per week.
If you have taken FOR-110 you may not take this lab science course.
Choose One Human Thought & Creative Expression Course (3 Credits):
With pressure and release, a window opens and closes, recording light on a sensor. The simple action captures the instinct, judgement, and skill of the person behind the lens. This class will begin a study of the art and craft of photography. Students will develop their vision and their understanding of how to achieve it. Solid skills will be learned and many doors will be opened.
A survey of the continuing change experienced in art since the 15th century. Students will examine how an image is achieved as well as the significance of the subject represented. Individual inquiry concerning the nature of art is encouraged.
Students learn to appreciate films through the critical analysis of various elements of mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing and sound. The course introduces the conventions of classical Hollywood cinema, considers the work of one major director (auteur), and surveys selected international and independent films. Students view and discuss films each week.
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.
A study of fiction of various lengths, with an emphasis on plot techniques, character development, style, point of view, setting, structure, theme, and artistic unity. Continued emphasis is placed on the improvement of writing skills.
ENGL-112 OR COR-125
An introduction to the major literary genres: poetry, drama and fiction. Selections are chosen from American, European and non-Western literature. The emphasis of this course is on improving the student's ability to read perceptively and write effectively . A continued emphasis is placed on the improvement of writing skills.
ENG-110, ENGL-112 OR COR-125
Choose One Human Behavior & Social Institutions Course (3 Credits):
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.
A study of human groups, culture, the self, and human interaction. The course focuses on contemporary American society and the influence of culture on our actions and beliefs, with the goal of fostering critical thinking about our social environment.
Historical Perspectives Course (3 Credits):
Students will study important themes in the social history of the United States since the Civil War. This course allows students to expand their critical thinking skills through an examination of primary and secondary sources. Themes might include: the evolving status of women; the immigrant experience; the concept of the American dream; the paradox of freedom vs. slavery; the minority experience; the tensions between social classes. Students will be evaluated primarily on writing assignments.
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 an 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
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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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