About Integrated Studies
The Program in Integrated Studies serves students with interests and capabilities in more than one scholarly discipline. The interdisciplinary degree trades disciplinary depth for cross-disciplinary research and writing that culminate in a senior thesis. The major generally attracts creative, self-motivated students who don't want to leave behind multiple areas of expertise and interest to focus exclusively on a single discipline.
Students receiving an 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. They are not specialists in any one discipline; but they have written a senior thesis on a topic that cuts across disciplines, using disciplinary tools from their two emphases to solve a problem that requires research and interpretation and clear presentation.
For those completing the Bachelor Degree in Integrated Studies (IS), many opportunities exist for advanced and professional degrees (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 the ability to comprehend diverse material, to write clearly, to think critically, to work cooperatively, and to solve complex problems.
How it WorksYou can earn either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Art degree in Integrated Studies. These are solid 4-year interdisciplinary degrees. What makes Integrated Studies different from most of the other degrees offered by UVU is that with Integrated Studies you will choose two areas of emphasis (and a minor if you'd like) to study. Your desired emphasis areas must have been approved through the UVU curriculum process. Currently Integrated Studies offers 42 emphases to choose from.
You can think of Integrated Studies as a puzzle which has 4 simple pieces. Each piece of the puzzle is a degree requirement and once you've put the puzzle together you'll have earned your degree!
The Puzzle Pieces (Degree Requirements)Generally speaking, the Integrated Studies degree is comprised of the following pieces:
1. Completion of UVU's general education requirements or an approved associate's degree (approximately 62 credits).
2. Completion of an approved Integrated Studies emphasis (approximately 18-21 credits).
3. Completion of a second Integrated Studies emphasis (approximately 18-21 credits).
4. Completion of the Integrated Studies Core requirements (approximately 25 credits).
General Education RequirementsYou can find general education requirements here.
Requirements for you EmphasesEach Integrated Studies emphasis has its own unique set of course requirements. You can find a list of emphases and their requirements here.
Integrated Studies Core RequirementsThe Integrated Studies core requirements have been designed to foster critical thinking, research, and writing skills. As part of the core, you will take several theory courses and you will also complete a senior thesis which will demonstrate your ability to synthesize the information you gathered from each of your emphasis areas. The complete Integrated Studies core is listed below.
IS 300R *: Introductory Topics in Integrated Studies
A first course in interdisciplinary approaches and research methods. Introduces a variety of topics crossing disciplines in science, religion, philosophy, history, literature, and so forth. Topics vary from semester to semester. This course is research and writing intensive and requires a final research paper. Involves writing across the curriculum. Course can be repeated with different topic up to three times.
IS 350R *: Topics in Integrated Studies
Advanced course in interdisciplinary approaches and research methods. Each term, the course examines a particular interdisciplinary topic in depth throughout the semester. Topics vary from semester to semester. Professors, either singly or as team-teachers, present topics that cross one or more fields of academic specialty, leading classes through lecture, reading, discussion, and research. This course is research and writing intensive and requires a final research paper. Involves writing across the curriculum. Course can be repeated with different topic up to three times.
Repeat either IS 300R or 350R with different topic.
- Two upper-division Philosophy and / or theory courses that complement the student's emphases. A list of approved theory courses is available here.
- IS 4980 Capstone 1*: Beginning your Senior Thesis. An advanced research writing class.
- IS 4990:Capstone 2*: Completion of the Senior Thesis.
* These classes should be taken sequentially; it takes four semesters to complete the major requirements.