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Integrative Studies

Take control of your own learning and customize an educational plan that combines your interests and propels you toward a career that leads to meaningful work and a life well lived.

Intended as a second major, the integrative studies major (ISM) will complement coursework in your primary major and allow you to carry your learning into fields beyond a single academic division and into an array of disciplines.

An Integrative Studies Major at Work
The variety of courses taken through your integrative studies major will give you the combination of skills and knowledge bases that employers value: breadth of learning, an array of practical skills, effective verbal and written communication, creative initiative, a facility for collaborative work and more. 

Integrative studies majors create educational programs that are customized and unique. Your program will be tailored to your own interests and goals.

Sample pathways:
  • Art therapy
  • Museum studies
  • Issues in social justice
  • Medical humanities
  • The social impact of business
Personalize Your Integrative Studies Degree
With only two required courses, the integrative studies major allows students to choose the courses that best fit their interests and goals. In an introductory course, students will formulate a plan for their course of study. To support and fulfill that plan, students may enroll in any courses in any academic discipline that might be of interest. Those who decide to pursue an integrative studies major later in their college careers can take into account completed courses as part of their degree.

Faculty Perspective

“Students are coming to us looking for a job. And employers are coming to us, saying, ‘Well, you want a job? Here’s what we want.’ Put the liberal arts together with a major and some other field, and you’ve got the best of both worlds. There’s going to be affinities between course content here and course content there. And we’re hoping by showing [students] these navigational pathways that, somewhere along the way, the themes will begin to gel relative to their sense of what they want to do with their career and their major, and that will sort of grow organically. It’s student-agentive. They direct their own education. They’re in control of this thing.”

Paul Johnson
Associate dean of humanities

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