Integrated Studies Advising

Advisors for the Integrated Studies Program focus on helping each student to become authors of their own educational journey by co-creating a curriculum that fits students’ goals, helping students to research careers and graduate schools, exploring opportunities for engagement on campus, and directing students to the many resources at UVU designed to help students have a great experience.

 

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Applying to the Program

All students applying for the Integrated Studies program need to complete and submit an application packet, consisting of both the application form and essay. You will need to meet with an advisor from each of your emphasis areas and the Integrated Studies department to complete your application. Call 801-863-8455 or email IS_Advising@uvu.edu for more details. Please include your UVID in your message. Also included are instructions for an essay which helps us to determine whether or not the Integrated Studies program is a good fit for you. Your essay will be reviewed by the Chair of Integrated Studies.

BA/BS Program Application

Advising Learning Outcomes

  1. Independance: This is a critical ability for students to understand because the nature of interdisciplinary programs requires students to think outside of the box and develop their own educational path. In particular, the capstone project provides students with an opportunity to work independently while collaborating with an interdisciplinary team of faculty mentors.
  2. Students work with their advisors and with various resources on campus to identify concrete goals for their undergraduate degree as well as potential opportunities that they would like to pursue after graduation. Students and advisors work together to find opportunities on campus to participate in extra-curricular or distinction-awarding programs that will help them stand out and reach their goals.
  3. Community: In addition to identifying and achieving their educational goals within the program, students also need a supportive community centered on their degree of study. In order to achieve this goal, the advisors and faculty of the program have put together a series of events where students can meet their interdisciplinary peers and network together.
  4. Preparation: Students should be supported in identifying and exploring opportunities that they will pursue after graduation. Students will work with their advisor(s) to identify graduate programs or potential career positions that they are interested in pursuing and use campus resources to apply for them. Before graduating, students should have applied to multiple graduate school programs or multiple career positions and should have a clear strategy for marketing their interdisciplinary education to a potential employer or admissions officer.

 

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Midterm Meetings

Students will be regularly invited to midterm advising meetings with an Integrated Studies advisor to discuss their courses, college experience, roadblocks, opportunities for internships or engaged learning, and whatever else they may want to discuss. These planned meetings will be a point of connection where the students can get the help that they need to accomplish their educational goals.

Fall Semester: Early October

Spring Semester: Early February

Advising in Canvas

Starting in Fall of 2019, students will have the option to participate in a non-credit Canvas course that allows them to access key advising documents, information about campus resources, and opportunities to get engaged both on & off campus.

Office Hours

Advisors for the Integrated Studies program have an open-door policy—we are always available for you to stop by and visit or seek help with your degree. These meetings are always available to you in addition to your recurring mid-term meetings. If you want to be sure not to miss us, please email to set up an appointment.

Special Program Events

Graduate school preparation night with faculty (Spring)
Welcoming Openhouse (early Fall)
Outstanding Thesis Presentations (Spring)
Monthly Luncheons with Faculty & Staff