INTS 1198: Introduction to Integrative Studies
Through this course, students learn about the field of integrative studies and begin making connections between experiences in the classroom and the broader world. In order to facilitate this exploration, students examine issues in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences and gain a familiarity with the academic and popular forms of writing, media, and research in these areas of study. Students will engage with disciplinary insights in order to examine complex contemporary issues using an integrative lens. The integrative learning process will involve research, articulating knowledge, using evidence to draw conclusions, and self-reflection.
INTS 2298: Integrative Studies Research Methods
This course will introduce various quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods techniques available to interdisciplinary researchers. Through course readings and activities, students will consider the limits and potential of different methods, particularly in relation to an interdisciplinary problem. While developing their methodological toolkit, students address other critical steps in the research process—including identifying relevant disciplines for examining an interdisciplinary issue, developing a research question around that issue, writing a literature review, and documenting findings. The course will culminate in an interdisciplinary research project and an appreciation of how research enriches our understanding of and relation to the world in which we live.
INTS 3001: Integrative Approaches to Social Justice and Inclusion
In this course, learners will explore how the power of integrative thinking and methods can be leveraged toward a more socially just and inclusive society. Using the framework of intersectionality, learners will examine the interdependent systems of discrimination, disadvantage, and inequity experienced by individuals or groups related to the individual’s or groups’ interconnected identity characteristics. Using social constructivist pedagogies, learners will function as a community in which they explore and share their own interdisciplinary expertise and perspectives to articulate problems and conceptualize solutions related to social justice and inclusion.
INTS 3398: Integrative Studies Internship
This course provides students the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge, communication skills, and emerging professionalism in a particular work environment. The coursework includes class discussions, group and individual activities, class presentations, and documentation of internship experience. The course is designed to provide applied learning experiences that build upon prior coursework and offers opportunities for integrated and reflective learning.
INTS 4498: Senior Seminar in Integrative Studies
This Capstone course prepares students in the INTS program to understand the methods and advantages of their integrative, interdisciplinary education. Students will demonstrate the ability to formulate, research, and solve problems through an interdisciplinary lens that reflects the unique degree each student has built through their course work at KSU. The culmination of this labor will be a major creative and/or scholastic work. Additionally, the course will help prepare students for graduation by developing post-graduate and career-oriented skills that connect directly to each student’s individual degree. These two parts, the academic and applied, once integrated, represent the skills and knowledge needed to successfully transition from university to life after graduation.
In addition to these courses, the department also offers special topics classes.