Integrated Studies appeals to students with interests and capabilities in more than one scholarly discipline. Our program trades disciplinary depth for cross-disciplinary research and writing that culminate in a senior thesis. Integrated Studies works well for creative, self-motivated students who don't want to leave behind multiple areas of 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.
You 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 has 41 emphases to choose from.
You can think of Integrated Studies as a puzzle having 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!
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).
You can find general education requirements here.
Each Integrated Studies emphasis has its own unique set of course requirements. Please consult the UVU catalog for a list of emphases and their requirements.
The 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.
* These classes should be taken sequentially; it takes four semesters to complete the major requirements.
If Integrated Studies looks interesting to you, you may want to consider becoming
an Integrated Studies student. Integrated Studies has an application process that must be completed before you can matriculate into the program.