The Uncommon Core

Integrative Studies

This part of the Core focuses on an intellectual interest or passion that you want to explore in depth and integrate into your overall studies. Does some idea spark your curiosity? With your advisor, you will choose three courses to help you explore that interest and articulate your own enduring question.

For example, one student was interested in how genocide affected future generations and chose these three courses to integrate:

  • Religion — Auschwitz and After: Religious Questions and Dilemmas
  • Sociology — Deviance or Race, Ethnicity and Society
  • History — Native Americans: Removal to Present
How to choose your Integrative Studies (IS) Courses:

Is my course an IS or not?

Follow the flowchart to help you decide.

IS flowchart


  • We realize that not all courses are 3 credits; however, you should have at least 9 credits of IS (typically three 3-credit courses)
  • Transfer credits that follow the flowchart are allowed for IS courses
Integrative Studies, Uncommon Core