Humanities Integrated Program with Social Sciences (HIPSS)

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Program Overview

Who, What, Where, When, Why & How

WHO should join this program?

  • HIPSS is designed for freshmen pre-business students and the Direct Admit Program (DAP), who obtain their business degree from Shidler College.

WHAT is HIPSS & WHAT will I learn?

  • HIPSS is an exciting new and free program offered at the Shidler College that is designed to give students an integrated path – one that equips them with humanities and social sciences skills – on their journey to their business degree. Participating in this type of multidisciplinary program will set students apart when they graduate and start their careers.
  • You will be a part of a cohort and exposed to a variety of topics that will equip you to relate to and understand your classmates, fellow citizens, and future colleagues. These include developing strong communication, leadership, and decision-making skills; assessing changes in technology, risk assessment, and finding opportunities; learning to think through a societal lens and familiarizing yourself with the laws that apply to business topics.

WHERE is the program?

  • This is an in-person program held within the Shidler College (Room G201).

WHEN is the program?

  • HIPSS begins in the fall 2022 semester.
  • The four pre-business classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 1-5 p.m.

WHY should I join HIPSS?

Learn from committed faculty

  • The required four courses are those you would take anyway to fulfill pre-business requirements. Our faculty are committed to offering engaging lessons using enjoyable teaching methods such as integrated games, simulations and case studies.

Develop life-long friendships

  • You will enjoy learning in a small cohort of no more than 40 other students.

Save time

  • The HIPSS program makes it easy for you to register for the pre-requisite courses required for your business degree without the stress of planning your schedule.


The HIPSS cohort will be working out from a classroom dedicated to the program. The best part is that the faculty come to you!

Set yourself up for future success

  • Once completing the HIPSS program, you will receive a detailed course/module transcript proving that you are apart from other graduates because you will possess the qualities employers are seeking. Start your career off with a strong foundation and the confidence to succeed in an ever-changing world.

HOW do I apply?

  • It’s simple! Just fill out this short application by May 15.
  • You will be notified via email by May 20 of the status of your acceptance.
  • Formal offer letters will be sent out by May 23.