The Uncommon Core

Integrative Studies

Integrative Studies allows you to explore a question that intrigues you in three upper-level courses. You choose the question; you choose the cluster of courses; you explore! Integrative Studies is characterized in the following three ways:

  • Choice: You choose your three IS (Integrative Studies) courses based upon your own interests.
  • Responsibility: You demonstrate your integration of materials from the three courses and other parts of the Core.
  • Opportunity for Reflection: You have the opportunity to reflect on your Integrative Studies and showcase what you have learned in the Core Milestone Experience.

The Three Courses:

The courses that make up your Integrative Studies can be any course: liberal or professional, in different disciplines or in one, and, if you like, from your minor or second major. The only limitations are these:

  • The courses must be 200-level or higher
  • You can only use one course from your major (e.g., if you are a Math major, only one course can have a MTH prefix)
  • You cannot use a P-EQ course
How to choose your Integrative Studies (IS) Courses:

Integrative Studies Artifacts

In each of your IS courses, you'll need to choose at least one assignment or piece of work that you think best shows the progress you're making in the exploration of your question. You'll archive this artifact in P@N, just like you did with your artifacts from your P-EQ courses.