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Integrative Studies, B.A., B.S. - adult degree completion online

Liberal Studies Alumni Working in 27+ Occupations
Interdisciplinary Degree - Personalized Course of Study
Strengthen Valuable Intercultural and Interpersonal Skills

Classes start August 2020

Grand Valley State University's Integrative Studies degree is designed for adult students and allows you to customize your degree. Classes are primarily online and you'll be able to choose a combination of electives from several disciplines to build skills relevant to your personal and professional goals.

Before you even start, our advisors will help you create your personal academic plan, consider your career goals and help to maximize coursework you've already taken to help you move towards your future.

Program Overview

This is a fast-paced, accelerated program designed to accommodate working adults. Our advisors will work with you to create an individual academic plan based on what you need to take. All classes in this program are 6 weeks and you can take 1 at a time or 2 at a time for 12 credits a semester.

A bachelor's degree at GVSU requires 120 credits for completion, but we'll work hard to maximize any transfer credits to determine if you have some classes that already count towards this degree.

  • Core Courses: 18 credits
  • Area of Focus: 18 credits
  • Contextual Electives: 9 credits
  • Application Courses: 5 credits
  • Bachelor of Science or Arts requirements: 6-12 credits

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.
  • 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.

Location & Format

Traverse City, Detroit, Holland, and Grand Rapids.



In addition to the degree in Integrative Studies, you can optionally integrate any of our four certificates in the following areas into your degree:

  • Applied Data Analytics
  • Global Communication
  • Leadership
  • Project Management

Career Options

Solid writing and communication skills are crucial to any position, and the critical-thinking skills you learn can be applied to any field. Career areas include:

  • City manager
  • Colleges
  • Education administration
  • Journalism
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Politics
  • Sales and marketing
  • Urban planner

Skills Employers Want

The B.A. and B.S. in Integrative Studies at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings.

  • Leadership
  • Customer Service
  • Research
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Teambuilding
  • Project Management
  • Event Management
  • Communications
  • Intercultural Competence

Source: EMSI, 2020

Admission Requirements

Visit the Laker Complete website for details and to begin your application. 

For More Information

Adult Continuing Studies

Kate Vanderkolk, M.Ed.
718 Eberhard Center
(616) 331-7180

Admissions Office