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 in the service of cross-disciplinary research that culminates in a senior thesis or project. The Program encourages and supports interdisciplinary study across campus.

Special program characteristics:

  • Students engage in Interdisciplinary work that culminates in a senior thesis.
  • Students receive one-on-one feedback from multiple faculty mentors 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.

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.

Integrated Studies 2019 Assessment Model w Continuous Quality Improvement Element