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Integrative Studies, B.A., B.S.

Integrative Studies majors are passionate doers and critical thinkers. No one course of study is the same. Our faculty support you to create a one-of-a-kind experience that provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to find innovative solutions to real-world, complex problems and become a leader in your profession, community, and the world.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

Students work closely with more than 20 full-time, nationally-award winning faculty members to chart their unique path towards a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. We also offer a 19-month, accelerated leadership program designed for working adults who already have an associates degree or 55+ credits.

  • CORE: (18 credits) Build an interdisciplinary foundation of study rich in liberal education, ethics and critical thinking.
  • AREA OF FOCUS: (18 credits) Investigate and engage in real world problems and solutions.
  • ELECTIVES: (9 credits) Integrate courses with career goals.
  • INTERNSHIP/PRACTICUM: (1-6 credits) Apply theory to life outside the classroom.
  • CAPSTONE: (3 credits) Design thesis project connecting area of focus with a research question or problem.

Why Choose Integrative Studies at Grand Valley?

  • Students create an individualized course of study in partnership with their advisor, drawing from courses across the university, resulting in more than 300 majors.
  • Many transfer courses count towards degree completion.
  • Flexible degree pathways with course formats designed to fit your busy schedule.
  • Real-world work experience creates networking opportunities, resulting in job connections post-graduation.
  • Our program strengthens intercultural and interpersonal skills through collaboration, problem-solving, leadership training, and adaptation.
  • Become a proven leader and innovator making a positive difference in lives, communities, careers, and the world.

Helpful Links

For More Information

Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department (IRIS)

gvsu.edu/iris
324 Lake Ontario Hall
(616) 331-8020

Admissions Office

gvsu.edu/admissions

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

This program is also available in Traverse City.

Integrative Studies is available in an accelerated format.

Format: Hybrid

Career Options

Employers seek integrative studies graduates on the strength of their creativity, versatility, and critical thinking skills, across every sector of the workforce. Graduates can be found at:

  • Apple Inc.
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Michigan Dept. of Civil Rights
  • Americorps
  • Eli Lily
  • Heartside Ministries
  • Priority Health