Integrated Professional Studies Online, B.S.

Overall Requirements

  • 120 credit hours, to include at least 36 credits of courses at the 300 course level or above.
  • Students must earn grades of C (2.0) or better in all major and related area required courses.

Degree Program Requirements

University Requirements
General Education Requirements - Minerva's Academic Curriculum (MAC)

Major Requirements

Core Courses18
Design Thinking
Systems Thinking
Understanding Data
Contemporary Media Literacies
Global Awareness and Intercultural Competence
Self-Awareness
Professional/Career/Industry Area of Focus12
Select 9 credits from an Area of Focus *
Integrative Thinking
Capstone Course3
Capstone
*

Students select 9 credits as listed or other approved course chosen in consultation with advisor (any course prefix, including IPS). The area of interest can be customized to the student’s professional aspirations.

Areas of Focus

Health and Wellness Occupations

Communication and Workplace Relationships
Cities of the World
Urban Geography: Sustainable Land Use
Sustainable Transport and Mobility
World Economic Geography
Medical Terminology for Public Health Professionals
Entrepreneurial Personal Branding
Selected Topics in Health and Wellness Occupations
Selected Topics in Other Occupations
Culture and Health Care
Working through Interpersonal Conflicts
Conflict and Culture
Global Peacebuilding
Medical Ethics

Service Occupations

Communication and Workplace Relationships
Service Management
Cities of the World
Urban Geography: Sustainable Land Use
Sustainable Transport and Mobility
World Economic Geography
Entrepreneurial Personal Branding
Selected Topics in Service Occupations
Selected Topics in Other Occupations
PHI 361
Working through Interpersonal Conflicts
Conflict and Culture
Global Peacebuilding
Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Arts, Entertainment and Media Occupations

The Art of Life
Communication and Workplace Relationships
Arts and Entrepreneurship: Career Strategies for Artists
Cities of the World
Urban Geography: Sustainable Land Use
Sustainable Transport and Mobility
World Economic Geography
Entrepreneurial Personal Branding
Selected Topics in Arts, Entertainment, and Media Occupations
Selected Topics in Other Occupations
PHI 361
Conflict and Culture
Global Peacebuilding
Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Electives

Electives sufficient to complete 120 total credit hours required for the degree, to include 36 credits at or above the 300 course level.

Integrated Professional Studies (IPS) Courses

IPS 200X Experimental Course 1-6

This number reserved for experimental courses. Refer to the Course Schedule for current offerings.

IPS 201 Roadmaps to Degree Success 3

Provides foundational information for undergraduate success at UNCG. Concepts for interdisciplinary study and the fundamentals of higher education are included. Fosters development through goal setting and planning exercises.

MAC: MAC Foundations

Prerequisites: Must have fewer than 60 credits to enroll or can enroll by Written Permission.

IPS 275 Entrepreneurial Personal Branding 3

Students will have a better understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset, how to use entrepreneurship strategies personally, and how to best brand and uniquely market themselves.

Notes: Same as ENT 275 and HHS 275.

IPS 300X Experimental Course 1-6

This number reserved for experimental courses. Refer to the Course Schedule for current offerings.

IPS 301 Design Thinking 3

Design Thinking is a creative and pragmatic path to innovation. Students learn a human-centered approach to problem-solving, emphasizing experimental and collaborative learning and real-world applications.

IPS 302 Systems Thinking 3

Overview of theory and processes commonly used to apply systems thinking approaches to addressing complex problems across disciplines, including arts and health. A case study approach facilitates this process.

IPS 303 Understanding Data 3

Students learn to identify, analyze, use, and interpret data to solve problems and make decisions. Interactive data activities, case studies, videos, lectures, and dialogue will facilitate student understanding.

IPS 304 Contemporary Media Literacies 3

Students learn theories of contemporary media literacy in order to interpret and create research products in multiple modes and situated in global contexts.

IPS 305 Global Awareness and Intercultural Competence 3

Interdisciplinary course designed to enhance students' global awareness by introducing them to contemporary global issues while increasing their intercultural competence.

IPS 306 Self-Awareness 3

Development of knowledge and skills to enhance personal success. Focus on self and other awareness and application to career and life goals.

IPS 400X Experimental Course 1-6

This number reserved for experimental courses. Refer to the Course Schedule for current offerings.

IPS 401 Selected Topics in Health and Wellness Occupations 3

Integration of six universal program competencies applied to the study of selected topics in health and wellness occupations.

Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

IPS 402 Selected Topics in the Changing Workplace 3

Integration of six universal program competencies applied to the study of selected topics in the changing workplace.

Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

IPS 403 Selected Topics in Service Occupations 3

Integration of six universal program competencies applied to the study of selected topics in service occupations.

Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

IPS 404 Selected Topics in Arts, Entertainment, and Media Occupations 3

Integration of six universal program competencies applied to the study of selected topics in arts, entertainment, and media occupations.

Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

IPS 405 Selected Topics in Other Occupations 3

Integration of six universal program competencies applied to the study of selected topics in other occupations such as education, technology, etc.

Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

IPS 406 Integrative Thinking 3

Integrative Thinking is the intersection of Design Thinking, Systems Thinking, and Understanding Data. These tools and processes are applied together to address complex real-world problems and build evidence-based solutions. Students will use the 4 step integrative-thinking methodology to creatively solve problems building on the critical thinking skills they learned in the BIPS core courses.

Prerequisites: IPS 301, IPS 302, IPS 303.

IPS 410 Capstone 3

In this course, students will apply and integrate the core competencies they've been immersed in throughout the BIPS program to address a real-world problem that has importance and meaning for them.

Prerequisites: IPS 301, IPS 302, IPS 303, IPS 304, IPS 305, IPS 306, and IPS 406. Integrated Professional Studies major;

Notes: Grade: Pass/Not Pass (P/NP).