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The conversations have occurred and a pathway to my degree completion has been determined.

Eighteen credits and the passing of Language Proficiency Exam will get  me  a Bachelors of Individualized Studies focused on Economics, Statistics and Communications from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.

Furthermore, I can take all of my required classes online and in one semester

Proposed Class List

ABUS 4515: Strategy and Management for a Sustainable Future

Online only

Sustainability in business. Relationship of sustainable environments to organizations. Economic/strategic enterprise value. Relationship of sustainable business practices to marketplace trends/realities.

OR (though ideally both)

ABUS 4571W: Introduction to Grant Writing for Health Care and Nonprofit Organizations

Online only

Nonprofits and health care entities will continue to be challenged by limited resources and increased needs in communities they serve. This reality also results in an increased need for these groups to find additional financial support. This course will provide an understanding of ways to find, research, and write proposals for grants offered by government and private entities.

As a writing intensive course, it will spend significant time focusing on the writing process. Writing is crucial to the field because the only way for a nonprofit to be awarded a grant is by submitting a written proposal. The strength of the proposal has a significant impact on the money that an organization will receive.

Students will become familiar with various sections of the proposal by drafting, editing, and seeking feedback, and by revising a needs assessment, goal statement, budget justification, and statement of organizational purpose. By learning how to write well in the field, students will increase their chances of being employed by a nonprofit and securing funding for their organization.

COMM 4250: Environmental Communication

MW 02:30 PM – 03:45 PM

Historical, cultural, material contexts within which environmental communication takes place. Understand environmental communication as well as develop communication strategies that lead to more sustainable social practices, institutions, and systems.

CSCI 5521: Introduction to Machine Learning

TTh 04:00 PM – 05:15 PM

Problems of pattern recognition, feature selection, measurement techniques. Statistical decision theory, nonstatistical techniques. Automatic feature selection/data clustering. Syntactic pattern recognition. Mathematical pattern recognition/artificial intelligence.

prereq: [[2031 or 2033], STAT 3021] or instr consent

EPSY 3264: Basic and Applied Statistics

Online only

Introductory statistics. Emphasizes understanding/applying statistical concepts/procedures. Visual/quantitative methods for presenting/analyzing data, common descriptive indices for univariate/bivariate data. Inferential techniques.

OR

PSY 3801: Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis

Online only

Descriptive/basic inferential statistics used in psychology. Measures of central tendency, variability, t tests, one-way ANOVA, correlation, regression, confidence intervals, effect sizes. Psychological measurement. Graphical data presentation. Statistical software.

prereq: High school algebra, [PSY 1001 or equiv]; intended for students who plan to major in psychology

STAT 5401: Applied Multivariate Methods

MWF 11:15 AM – 12:05 PM

Bivariate and multivariate distributions. Multivariate normal distributions. Analysis of multivariate linear models. Repeated measures, growth curve and profile analysis. Canonical correlation analysis. Principal components and factor analysis. Discrimination, classification, and clustering.

OLPD 5501: Principles and Methods of Evaluation

Online only

Introduction to program evaluation. Planning an evaluation study, collecting and analyzing information, reporting results; evaluation strategies; overview of the field of program evaluation.

AND

OLPD 8502: Program Evaluation Theory and Models: Qualitative and Quantitative Alternatives

Online only

Concepts, approaches, models, and theoretical frameworks for program evaluation that have developed since the 1960s.

prereq: 5501 or EDPA 5501 or EPSY 5243

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