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Integrated Studies, B.A.

Requirements

The individualized nature of the Integrated Studies degree is attractive to students with multiple interests. Students integrate course work in emphases such as biology, earth science, business, health, literature, languages, communication, philosophy, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and the arts. Emphases from computer science and information systems, accounting, technology management, and physical education are also offered as part of this degree.

Total Program Credits: 123

Matriculation Requirements:
  1. An associate in arts or associate in science degree, or Junior status in college with approximately 60 or more credits. 
  2. 2.5 GPA minimum.
General Education Requirements: 36 Credits 
  ENGL 1010   Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010   Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
or ENGL 2020   Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology  (3.0)  
Complete one of the following:  3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0) (recommended for Humanities or Arts majors)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6.0)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0) (recommended for Social Science majors)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0) (recommended for Business, Education, Science, and Health Professions majors)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (3.0) (recommended for Business majors)  
Complete one of the following:  3
  HIST 2700   US History to 1877  (3.0)  
and HIST 2710   US History since 1877  (3.0)  
  HIST 1700   American Civilization  (3.0)  
  HIST 1740   US Economic History  (3.0)  
  POLS 1000   American Heritage  (3.0)  
  POLS 1100   American National Government  (3.0)  
Complete the following:   
  PHIL 2050   Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100   Personal Health and Wellness 2
or PES 1097   Fitness for Life  (2.0)  
  Distribution Courses   
  Biology  3
  Physical Science  3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science  3
  Any 202G/2020 Foreign Language course  4
  Fine Arts Distribution  3
  Social/Behavioral Science  3
Discipline Core Requirements:   21 Credits 
  IS 300R   Introductory Topics in Integrated Studies 3
  IS 350R   Topics in Integrated Studies 3
  One additional section of 300R or 350R  3
  Upper-Division Theory Course: PHIL 3000+ or other approved course  3
  Upper-Division Theory Course: PHIL 3000+ or other approved course  3
  IS 4980   Integrated Studies Capstone I 3
  IS 4990   Integrated Studies Capstone II 3
Emphasis Requirements:   36 Credits 
  Complete 1 approved Integrated Studies Emphasis (Listed below) 18
  Complete another approved Integrated Studies Emphasis (Listed below) 18
Elective Requirements:    30 Credits 
  One Foreign Language (Foreign Language 202G/2020 course fulfills Humanities Distribution)  12
  Complete any 1000-level, or higher, courses  18

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 123 semester credits; a minimum of 40 credits must be upper-division.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. (Departments may require a higher GPA.)
  3. Residency hours: minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements; students must have "C-" or higher in the Discipline Core courses (except for the Foreign Language classes).
  5. For the BA degree, completion of 16 credit hours of course work from one language to include the 1010, 1020, 2010, and 202G/2020 levels or transferred equivalents.
  6. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Note: All Emphases are required to have a minimum of 9 upper-division credits (with 12 preferred).

 
 

Available IS Emphases: 

IS Emphasis in Accounting
IS Emphasis in American Indian Studies
IS Emphasis in American Sign Language
IS Emphasis in American Studies
IS Emphasis in Anthropology
IS Emphasis in Art History
IS Emphasis in Biology
IS Emphasis in Business Management
IS Emphasis in Cinema Studies
IS Emphasis in Classical Studies
IS Emphasis in Communication
IS Emphasis in Community Health
IS Emphasis in Computer Networking
IS Emphasis in Computer Science
IS Emphasis in Earth Science
IS Emphasis in Economics
IS Emphasis in English
IS Emphasis in Environmental Studies
IS Emphasis in Ethics
IS Emphasis in Exercise Science
IS Emphasis in Finance
IS Emphasis in French
IS Emphasis in German
IS Emphasis in Graphic Design
IS Emphasis in History
IS Emphasis in Hospitality Management
IS Emphasis in Humanities
IS Emphasis in Leadership
IS Emphasis in Military Science
IS Emphasis in Music
IS Emphasis in Office Management
IS Emphasis in Peace and Justice Studies
IS Emphasis in Philosophy
IS Emphasis in Photography
IS Emphasis in Psychology
IS Emphasis in Religious Studies
IS Emphasis in Social Sciences
IS Emphasis in Sociology
IS Emphasis in Spanish
IS Emphasis in Technology Management
IS Emphasis in Theatre Arts

 
 

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
HIST 1700  or HIST 1740  or POLS 1000  or POLS 1100 American Civilization  or US Economic History  or American Heritage or American National Government 3
Fine Arts Distribution  3
Elective  3
Elective  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010  or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing 3
MAT 1030  or MAT 1035 or STAT 1040 or STAT 1045 or  MATH 1050 or MATH 1055 or MATH 1090
Quantitative Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra or Introduction to Statistics or Introduction to Statistics with Algebra or College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries or College Algebra for Business 3
Physical Science Distribution  3
Elective  3
Elective  3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: Some Electives may be needed for prerequisites of emphasis area courses.
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050  or  PHIL 205H  or PHIL 205G Ethics & Values 3
HLTH 1100  or PES 1097 Personal Health & Wellness  or Fitness for Life 2
Language 1010  or MATH 2040  or  MATH 1060 Language or Principles of Statistics or Trigonometry 4
Elective  3
Elective  3
Elective  1
  Semester total: 16
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
IS 300R  or IS 350R Topics in Integrated Studies 3
Biology Distribution  3
Additional Science  3
Social/Behavioral Science  3
Language 1020  or MATH 1210 Language or Calculus I
  Semester total: 16
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
IS 300R  or IS 350R Topics in Integrated Studies 3
Language 2010 Language 4
Emphasis 1 Course 1  3
Emphasis 2 Course 1  3
PHIL 3000+ or Theory  3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
IS 300R  or IS 350R Topics in Integrated Studies 3
Language 202G Language 4
Emphasis 1 Course 2  3
Emphasis 2 Course 2  3
Emphasis 1 Course 3  3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
IS 4980 Integrated Studies Capstone I 3
PHIL 3000+ or Theory  3
Emphasis 2 Course 3  3
Emphasis 1 Course 4  3
Emphasis 2 Course 4  3
Elective (if needed)  1
  Semester total: 16
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
IS 4990 Integrated Studies Capstone II 3
Emphasis 1 Course 5  3
Emphasis 2 Course 5  3
Emphasis 1 Course 6  3
Emphasis 2 Course 6  3
  Semester total: 15
  Degree total: 125

Department

Name:

Integrated Studies

Location:

CB 311

Telephone:

801-863-8455

Email:

mark.olson@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/is

Chair:

Wayne Hanewicz

Chair UVU Email:

hanewiwa@uvu.edu

 
 

Mission Statement

The Program in Integrated Studies serves students with interests and capabilities in more than one scholarly discipline. The degree trades disciplinary depth for breadth and for cross-disciplinary research and writing that culminate in a senior thesis. The Program encourages and supports interdisciplinary study across campus.

 
 

Integrated Studies

  • Advising: See Mark Olson or Brandon Springer (below)
  • Email: IS_Advising@uvu.edu
  • Appointments: Please call 801-863-8455 or 801-863-5888
  • Program Coordinator: Mark Olson 
  • Telephone: 801-863-5888
  • Email: mark.olson@uvu.edu
  • Mail Stop: 145A

Curriculum

The individualized nature of the Integrated Studies degree is attractive to students with multiple interests. Students integrate course work in emphases such as biology, earth science, business, leadership, health, literature, languages, communication, philosophy, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and the arts. Emphases from computer science and information systems, accounting, and technology management are also offered as part of this degree.

Special Program Characteristics

  • Students engage in interdisciplinary work that culminates in a senior thesis.
  • Students receive one-on-one feedback from multiple faculty advisors throughout their senior thesis process.
  • Students completing the Integrated Studies degree have developed skills in thinking, problem solving, collaborative work, gathering and analyzing data, writing, and speaking, and have done so on the foundation of solid (but not exhaustive) disciplinary emphases.
  • Faculty do campus-wide interdisciplinary work that includes team teaching across disciplines and collaborative projects.
  • The campus and local community benefit from our lecture series and our interdisciplinary conferences, as well as from our student-published journal, Intersections.

Summary of the Degree

  • After becoming familiar with the material on the IS website, meet with advisors to plan course work. Various emphases may require specific courses and minimum grades. 2.5 GPA required for application.
  • Become matriculated into Integrated Studies by submitting an academic plan and an interest essay which must be signed by department advisors and the Integrated Studies committee.
  • Complete two approved 18-21 credit hour emphases from the following colleges/schools: College of Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Science and Health; College of Technology and Computing; School of the Arts; Woodbury School of Business. More than 40 emphasis areas are available. For a list, please visit www.uvu.edu/is.
  • Complete the Integrated Studies Discipline Core with a minimum grade of C- in each class.
  • Complete forty hours of upper-division course work as part of the requirements in the emphasis areas & IS Core.
  • Complete thirty hours of course work in residency at UVU; at least 10 of these must be completed at UVU within the last 45 credit hours earned.
  • For a Bachelor of Arts degree, students must complete the 202G/2020 class in the chosen foreign language. For a Bachelor of Science degree, students must complete either MATH 1210 or MATH 2040.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will be able to gather and analyze information to develop a Capstone Thesis which incorporates knowledge from their two (or three) emphasis areas, upper division theory courses, and Integrated Studies topics courses. 
  2. Graduates will be able to discuss and defend their Capstone Thesis/Project with particular attention to how concepts from their emphases are incorporated through work on a problem that requires interdisciplinary tools.  
  3. Graduates will be able to apply research and writing skills to demonstrate informational and technical literacy.
 
 

Faculty

Scott Abbott(1999)

Professor

Department: Integrated Studies
Faculty



B.A., M.A., German Literature, Philosophy minor, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., German Literature, Princeton University.

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Kim Abunuwara(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Integrated Studies
Faculty



B.A., Ph.D., Theatre & Film, Brigham Young University; MFA, National Theatre Conservatory.

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Alan Clarke(2003)

Professor

Department: Integrated Studies
Faculty



LL.M., Human Rights Law, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario; J.D., College of William and Mary; Ph.D., York University.

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Wayne Hanewicz(2004)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Department Chair

Department: Integrated Studies
Faculty

B.S., M.S., Michigan State University; Ph.D., University of Michigan (Interdisciplinary).

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Gregory Jackson(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Integrated Studies
Faculty



B.A., History, M.A., French Studies, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., History, University of Utah.

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Careers

Careers:  
For those completing the bachelor degree in Integrated Studies, various opportunities exist for advanced academic and professional degrees (a wide variety of MA and PhD programs, law school, medical and dental schools, MBA, MPA, etc.) and in the business environment. Many employers seek students with skills gained from liberal arts programs like Integrated Studies. These skills include general problem solving, the ability to comprehend diverse material, to write clearly, to think critically, and to work cooperatively.

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