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Oakland University offers an online Bachelor of Integrative Studies (BIS) ideal for students who want to customize a degree to their own design that integrates coursework from multiple disciplines that suit their academic and professional goals. Students with clear educational and personal needs will find this degree more helpful than a traditional major. The ultimate intent is to provide students with decision-making opportunities to design an educational program that is flexible and different from existing majors.
Oakland University’s online programs combine traditional education with new, innovative technologies that allow for students to complete all or most of their degree through computer coursework. Online courses share many of the common features of traditional classes such as a teacher, peers, a syllabus, reading material, course activities, and evaluations. The difference is that most participation occurs online rather than having face-to-face discussions in a classroom; for instance, students would discuss material on a threaded discussion board, or as part of a chat room. Not all programs are completely online, so applicants should choose their degree programs appropriately. Some students may appreciate a flexible blend of online and on-campus courses. Online courses are usually synchronous in format (meaning that course work follows the same schedule as on-campus class equivalents and assignments are due on the same dates).
The BIS degree seeks to allow for the following: offer students with cross-departmental interests the opportunity to develop their own curricular programs; offer students a baccalaureate program that integrates past course work with present career and personal goals; prepare students for post-baccalaureate education in cross-departmental fields; encourage students to take responsibility for educational and career planning; and assist students in educational and personal development. The degree requirements include completing 28 credits in an approved plan of study, 64 credits in general education courses, 32 credits of upper level courses, and a capstone course.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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