BIS Concentration Pathways

These pathways are examples of available coursework. There are many alternative courses available and open to students which fit their personal and professional needs. You may use these pathways or build your own.  To use an alternative course, please contact a BIS academic advisor.  

BIS Pathway in Economic and Sustainable Development Studies 

The BIS pathway in Economic and Sustainable Development Studies uses interdisciplinary coursework to better understand the contexts and challenges of the sustainable development and look not only at the origins of problems but at the possibilities of solutions. This pathway helps prepare students interested in pursuing positions in local or international government or private agencies that serve the aid and international development arena, as well as those who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees focusing on development, policy, or globalization. 

This pathway fits well with the accelerated MA program in Global Affairs, MAIS in Energy and Sustainability.  

BIS Core Courses: 

  • BIS 300: Understanding Interdisciplinary Studies | 3 credits 
  • BIS 301: Adult Learner Transitions | 3 credits 
  • BIS 390: The Research Process | 3 credits 
  • BIS 490: RS: Bachelor Individual Study Project | 4 credits 

Choose 7 of the following courses for a Concentration in Economic and Sustainable Development Studies:

  • Global Affairs GLOA 101 Intro to Global Affairs  
  • Economics ECON 309 Econ Problms and Publ Policies 
  • Economics ECON 360 Economics of Developing Areas 
  • Economics ECON 385 International Economic Policy 
  • Economics ECON 362 African Economic Development 
  • Geog/Geoinf Sci GGS  305 Economic Geography 
  • Geog/Geoinf Sci GGS   307 Geographic Approaches for Sustainable Development 
  • Global Affairs GLOA  386 Human Security, Globalization and Development 
  • Global Affairs GLOA 388 Global Health and Development 
  • Government GOVT 446 International Law and Organization 

Total Concentration Credits: 34 

BIS Pathways in Community Development and Social Movements 

This pathway fits well with the accelerated MA program in Global Affairs, MAIS Social Justice and Human Rights, Sociology.  

BIS Core Courses: 

  • BIS 300: Understanding Interdisciplinary Studies | 3 credits 
  • BIS 301: Adult Learner Transitions | 3 credits 
  • BIS 390: The Research Process | 3 credits 
  • BIS 490: RS: Bachelor Individual Study Project | 4 credits 

Choose 7 of the following courses for Concentration in Community Development and Social Movements:

  • Anthropology ANTH 114 Intro to Cultural Anthropology  
  • Communication COMM 326 Rhetoric of Social Movements & Political Controversy 
  • Conflict Analysis CONF 394 Human Rights and Inequality 
  • Psychology PSYC 333 Industrial/Organizational Psyc 
  • Psychology PSYC 327 Psychology in the Community 
  • Integrative INTS 304 Soc Movemnts/Community 
  • Integrative INTS 337 Social Justice Consciousness (3 credits) 
  • Integrative INTS 362 Social Justice and Human Rights (3 credits) 
  • Sociology SOCI 315 Gender and Society (3 credits) 
  • Sociology SOCI 382 Education in Contemporary Society (3 credits) 
  • Conflict Analysis CONF 340 Global Conflict Analysis/Resolution 

Total Concentration Credits: 34 

Health Information Management 

The BIS pathway in Health Information Management is an interdisciplinary set of courses which integrate health sciences, information technology, communication, leadership studies and business management. This pathway prepares students for roles in the field of health administration and health information technology.  

Learning Objectives: Students develop strategic thinking analysis, research, writing and communication skills to further their careers.  Students learn to combine interdisciplinary knowledge of health information systems and leadership resulting in a senior capstone research project which may look to quality management in healthcare organizations or quality improvement in patient care.     

  • BIS 300: Understanding Interdisciplinary Studies | 3 credits 
  • BIS 301: Adult Learner Transitions | 3 credits 
  • BIS 390: The Research Process | 3 credits 
  • BIS 490: RS: Bachelor Individual Study Project | 4 credits 
  • MBUS 301: Managing People/Organizations Global Economy | 3 credits 
  • COMM 320: Business and Professional Communication | 3 credits 
  • HAP 301: Health Care Delivery in the United States | 3 credits 
  • HAP 360: Introduction to Health Information Systems | 3 credits 
  • HAP 430: Process Improvement in Healthcare Organizations | 3 credits 
  • INTS 451: Leadership/Org Problem-Solving | 3 credits 
  • INTS 404: Ethics and Leadership | 3 credits 

Total Concentration Credits: 34 

Strategic Leadership Communication 

The BIS pathway in Strategic Leadership Communication prepares students for future roles by enhancing their ability to strategically influence and further an organization’s mission through communication. Strategic Leadership is a set of interdisciplinary courses which integrate leadership studies, communication and business management. 

Learning Objectives: Students develop strategic thinking analysis, research, writing and communication skills to further their careers.   

  • BIS 300: Understanding Interdisciplinary Studies 
  • BIS 301: Adult Learner Transitions
  • BIS 390: The Research Process 
  • BIS 490: RS: Bachelor Individual Study Project 
  • INTS 451: Leadership/Org Problem-Solving  
  • INTS 404: Ethics and Leadership 
  • COMM 320: Business and Professional Comm 
  • COMM 335: Organizational Communication 
  • COMM 430: Persuasion 
  • INTS 356: Resilience and Well Being 
  • MBUS 301: Managing People/Organizations 

Total Concentration Credits: 34 

Strategic Leadership Communication in Science and Technology 

The BIS pathway with coursework focusing on Strategic Leadership prepares students for future roles in the fields of science and technology by enhancing their ability to strategically influence and further an organization’s mission through communication. Strategic Leadership is an interdisciplinary field which integrates science, leadership studies, communication and business management. 

Learning Objectives: Students develop strategic thinking analysis, research, writing and communication skills to further their careers in the fields of science and technology.   

  • BIS 300: Understanding Interdisciplinary Studies 
  • BIS 301: Adult Learner Transitions
  • BIS 390: The Research Process 
  • BIS 490: RS: Bachelor Individual Study Project 
  • INTS 451: Leadership/Org Problem-Solving (4 credits) 
  • INTS 404 - Ethics and Leadership 
  • COMM 320 - Business and Professional Comm 
  • COMM 335 - Organizational Communication 
  • INTS 301: Science in the News   
  • COS 300: Professional Preparation for STEM Disciplines 
  • PSYC 417: Science of Well Being 

Total Concentration Credits: 34 

Strategic Leadership Communication in Data Analysis 

The BIS pathway with coursework focusing on Strategic Leadership in Data Analysis prepares students for roles in the field of information technology by enhancing their ability to strategically influence and further an organization’s mission through communication. Strategic Leadership is an interdisciplinary field which integrates computational data sciences, leadership studies, communication and business management. 

Learning Objectives: Students develop data analysis, data mining, strategic thinking analysis, research, writing and communication skills to further their careers.   

  • BIS 300: Understanding Interdisciplinary Studies 
  • BIS 301: Adult Learner Transitions 
  • BIS 390: The Research Process 
  • BIS 490: RS: Bachelor Individual Study Project 
  • INTS 451: Leadership/Org Problem-Solving  
  • INTS 404 - Ethics and Leadership 
  • COMM 320 - Business and Professional Comm 
  • COMM 335 - Organizational Communication 
  • CDS 302 – Scientific Data and Databases 
  • CDS 303 – Data Mining  
  • CDS 301 – Scientific Inf/Data Visualization 

Total Concentration Credits: 34 

Cybersecurity Management 

The BIS pathway with coursework focusing on Cybersecurity Management develops future leaders in information security. Strategic Leadership is an interdisciplinary program which integrates information technology, leadership studies, communication and business management.     

Learning Objectives: Students develop skills to anticipate and avoid cyber threats and learn how to protect an organization’s data assets as well as communication, research, writing and leadership skills which further an organization’s mission. 

  • BIS 300: Understanding Interdisciplinary Studies 
  • BIS 301: Adult Learner Transitions
  • BIS 390: The Research Process 
  • BIS 490: RS: Bachelor Individual Study Project 
  • INTS 404 - Ethics and Leadership OR MGMT 303 – Principles of Management 
  • COMM 320 - Business and Professional Comm 
  • MBUS 301 – Managing People and Orgs In Global Economy 
  • IT 343 - IT Project Management  
  • IT 304 - IT in the Global Economy 
  • CRIM 304 - Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing  
  • IT 462 - Information Security Principles 

Total Concentration Credits: 34