The Integrated Studies degree is a writing-intensive major that culminates in the student's senior thesis. This should be a challenging, rewarding process that allows the student to explore an academic field of study that intersects with the student's two emphases.For example, if a student has Spanish and Communication emphases, they might write a thesis addressing how to market to the growing Latino population in the United States.
Above all, make your research and writing as enjoyable a process as possible! See this helpful advice. Also, be sure to check out the examples of recent senior theses below and in UVU's digital archive.Senior Thesis Examples
One of the things that makes Integrated Studies a unique degree is how enables students to integrate two unique areas of study. As a Senior in Integrated Studies you will demonstrate that integration by completing a Senior Thesis. The Senior Thesis presents research that is possible because of the efforts you've made to understand two completely different disciplines.
Here are some examples of our student's senior thesis work. You will need adobe reader to view these examples. A free download of Adobe Reader is available here.
|Student Name||Emphases of Student||Thesis Title|
|Ruth Galvez||Behavioral Science & Spanish||Latino Youth:Finding Self-Actualization|
|Wendy Bulkley||Business Management & Physical Education||Recreation for All: Grant Proposal for Washington City Recreation|
|Kelly Stowell||Business Management & Psychology||The Little Salt Lake Valley Equestrian Village: A Community that Makes Horse Sense|
|Nathan Bigler||Military Studies & Business||The U.S. Army and Its Use of Business Management Theory|
|Allen Hill||Philosophy & English
||Sophia: A Curated Work in Progress|
|Sarah Frederick||Community Health & Sociology||AIDS: Women and Society in Africa|
|Ivan Warren Kirk||Social Science & Behavioral Science||Argentine Social and Immigration Patterns in Utah|
|Aaron D. Olson||Philosophy / History / Social Science||"Estoy es el Lugar Derecho" Understanding Why Utah Remains a Zion for Illegal Immigrants:
Mormonism's Unique Tolerance for Illegal Immigration
|Danny B. Stewart||History and Social Science||Cryptozoology is a legitimate scientific field worthy of the same level of
attention and respect that any other science is allotted
|Connie M. Richardson||Biology and Environmental Studies||Development in Rural Mexico: A Case Study of Tamaula, Mexico|
Please contact Mark Olson at 863-5888.
Intersections is written and edited by UVU Integrated Studies students. Now in its 7th year of publication, Intersections is a showcase of some of the best work submitted by Integrated Studies students for their Senior Thesis. Each year we choose a student to be the editor-in-chief who is responsible for all aspects of the journal, from organizing a collection of editors, to the selection of papers, to the actual process of formatting and publishing the journal.
Why get involved in the publication of Intersections? It's a great way to add some practical experience to your resume or vita. You'll become familiar with the process of choosing academic papers that are submitted, determining which ones will most perfectly capture the idea of papers that show the integration of multiple disciplines. You'll learn to work with an editorial staff and learn how to make the submissions conform to publication standards. Finally, many Intersections teams do the technical layout and design by themselves and this knowledge (using tools like Adobe InDesign, Quark, and Photoshop) is highly marketable.
Each team makes its own decisions about what will be published. As a rule, publications come from Integrated Studies students who have written their Senior Thesis or students who are engaged in interdisciplinary research/writing. If you're interested in submitting something, contact Mark Olson at 801.863.5888 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor: Courtney Burns
Layout and Editing: Alex Healey, Glen Hoen, Natalie Johnson
Assistant Editors: Kiomi Bolick, Preston Radford
Faculty Technical Advisor: Deb Thornton
Cover Photos: Brandon Kowallis
Publication Date: Spring 2005