Integrative Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program of study appropriate for students motivated by specific interests and unique educational goals that are not represented in traditional majors. The goal of Integrative Studies is to facilitate students’ exploration beyond the boundaries of specific disciplines into areas of imaginative thinking and to prepare students to relate their fields of study to real world contexts.
Pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrative Studies allows students to work with faculty and advisers to design a program of study that meets their academic and career goals. Through the program of study, students acquire relevant disciplinary knowledge and learn approaches to integrating disciplinary perspectives in order to more effectively address contemporary political, social, scientific, and humanitarian questions.
Integrative Studies (INTS) provides students with the freedom to design a program of study that integrates two or more thematic or disciplinary areas which reflect their academic passions and concerns. Students who want to pursue an academically rigorous course of study and accept personal responsibility for their intellectual development will thrive in INTS. To create an INTS program of study is, in a real sense, to cut your own path to knowledge.
The result of independence and inquiry is often innovation—the act of making something new. INTS majors are encouraged to push themselves toward creative ways of thinking and expressing themselves that will be beneficial throughout their college careers and as they transition to life after graduation.
Inquiry begins with curiosity—to ponder the nature of things as they are, and as they might be. The striking thing about much of higher education today is the emphasis upon information without the cultivation of curiosity or inquiry. INTS majors are not content with mere facts. They want to understand the significance of those facts in the context of a bigger picture. INTS students have a genuine desire to ask questions and to find answers that others may overlook. Cultivating an attitude of inquiry is crucial to the INTS major.
From designing a program of study, to choosing thematically congruous courses, to completing a major research project—INTS majors must have a sense of the why behind the what. In other words, they must have the inclination to investigate how various aspects of knowledge from across disciplines actually relate. Whether from the arts, social sciences, humanities, or natural sciences, the interrelation of various facets of learning is of utmost importance to INTS majors.