Program Overview

The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) offers an online Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies Completion program. This degree is designed for adults who have completed their first two years of college (approximately 60 transferrable credit hours).

This program aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed complete their bachelor’s degree. The curriculum emphasizes three main themes during each semester. The themes CIIS focuses on are meant to act as building blocks; each theme adds onto the next to create a framework. Each semester involves 12 credits. Once students have developed their framework, they may begin to examine themselves and their relationship to society. The order of the themes are listed below:
Semester 1
• Self and Society, Integral Learning and Modern Perspectives
Semester 2
• Culture and Community, Knowledge and Inquiry and Research and Development
Semester 3
• Global Studies, Social Change and Senior Project

Goals of this program include showing students how to appropriately approach issues, progress toward solutions, and how to accept and discuss different opinions. In this particular program, students may also choose to earn a minor in critical psychology.

The California Institute of Integral Studies requires 36-credit hours in order to complete this program. Some students may finish all the requirements for this program in as little as one year.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    Eligible students must have already completed two years of college.

    School Overview

    With a vision of “intercultural understanding,” the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) evolved in San Francisco in 1968 as an increasing number of students desired to learn from the founder, Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri. The private, not-for-profit institute emphasizes integral studies, merging Eastern and Western values, and teaches from a global perspective. The Institute awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. CIIS encourages distance learners to participate in online degrees or enroll in individual online courses. Online degree programs include the Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and the PhD in Transformative Studies. Both online degree programs require two face-to-face meetings per year, one in August and another in January. Individual online classes may be completed for audit or credit purposes.


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