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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 will help you 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.

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Students are admitted directly into this program.

Program Overview

Students work closely with more than 20 full-time, nationally-award winning faculty members to chart their unique path toward a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

  • 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: (2-6 credits) Apply theory to life outside the classroom.
  • CAPSTONE: (3 credits) Design a thesis project connecting area of focus with a research question or problem.

Why Choose Integrative Studies at Grand Valley?

  • Create an individualized course of study in partnership with an advisor, drawing from courses across the university, resulting in more than 300 majors.
  • Flexible degree pathways for traditional and adult learners with course formats designed to fit your busy schedule. Plus, many transfer courses count toward degree completion.
  • Gain real-world work experience while creating networking opportunities that result in job connections.
  • Strengthen intercultural and interpersonal skills through collaboration, problem-solving, leadership training, and adaptation.
  • High-touch, place-based experiential learning opportunities in Allendale, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and Detroit.

Career Insights

This tool shows an overview of potential career opportunities for this major. Actual salaries, employment opportunities, and job titles may change over time.

Location & Format

Undergraduate students may complete this major study a variety of ways, including:

  • In person on the Grand Valley Allendale, Pew, and Traverse City campuses
  • Fully online
  • Through a mix of online and in-person classes offered on any of the campuses listed above


Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.


Hands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Integrative Studies
229 Lake Ontario Hall
(616) 331-8229
[email protected]

Admissions and Recruitment Office