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Online Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Professional Studies, Community and Social Impact Emphasis

The online community and social impact emphasis prepares you to meaningfully engage in your community by nurturing an innovative, adaptive and community-conscious mindset. Customize your impact with three complementary certificates that combine your passions with the professional skills to make a difference.

Note: This emphasis area is only available to students who are taking classes 100% online.

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Community and Social Impact Emphasis Details

Classes and Scheduling

The online Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Professional Studies, Community and Social Impact Emphasis is a 120-credit program that includes the following:

  • Community and Social Impact Emphasis Courses – 36 to 50 credits. Choose three certificates to complete this credit requirement.
  • Interdisciplinary Professional Studies Courses – 70 to 84 credits. Includes 12 credits of required courses, 28 to 35 credits of electives or transfer credits and 37 credits of University Foundations.

If you are not planning to transfer credits, the Online Degree Pathway from Boise State Online can help you get started.

Review the following table for details on community and social impact emphasis options and required courses.

Course TypeCourseCredits
Emphasis OptionCertificate in Applied Leadership: Growing into a High-Impact Leader12
Emphasis OptionCertificate in Business Creation or Certificate in +Business Certificate12
Emphasis OptionCertificate in Communication Management14
Emphasis OptionCommunity Impact Certificate12
Emphasis OptionCertificate in Conflict Management13
Emphasis OptionMedia Content Management Certificate14
Emphasis OptionCertificate in Public Health15
Emphasis OptionCertificate in User Experience Research: UX Professional (UXPRO)12
Required CourseIPS 305 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Professional Studies1
Required CourseIPS 315 Integrative Thinking2
Required CourseIPS 375 Perspective Taking3
Required CourseIPS 385 Asking Questions and Framing Problems3
Required CourseIPS 492 Proposal for Capstone Project1
Required CourseIPS 495 Capstone Project2

This content is provided as a quick reference for planning your academic schedule. All official course descriptions and degree requirements are published on the undergraduate catalog site.

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Costs and Scholarships

The community and social impact emphasis is only available to students who are taking classes 100% online. Students who take classes 100% online pay $375 per credit during the 2023-24 academic year. Future academic year per-credit fees may vary slightly and are finalized each May.

Other potential expenses may include a personal computer, books, webcam, headphones with mic, and internet access — all of which are required for the online program.

Students applying to this program are encouraged to apply for scholarships to help fund their education.

Notice to Boise State and other Idaho higher education employees: Fee waivers do not apply to the community and social impact emphasis.

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Career Opportunities

Maximize your earning potential and pursue a meaningful career with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Professional Studies. Gain hands-on experience, develop your technical skills and network with other learners in the community and social impact field.

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Student Support

From application to graduation, students are supported throughout their education journey at Boise State.

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Military and Veteran Students

Boise State Online’s interdisciplinary professional studies program is well-equipped to accommodate military service members.

Whether you are on active duty, a veteran or a civilian, our team is here to support you as you earn your bachelor’s degree.

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Earning an interdisciplinary studies degree online from Boise State University can help open doors to opportunities and a promising future.

Boise State’s online programs are specifically created for online learning, offer the same support as our traditional degree programs and are ranked in the top 8% of online bachelor’s degrees in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

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