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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.

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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.

  • 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.

Location & Format

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

  • Face To Face

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

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

For More Information

Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department (IRIS)
324 Lake Ontario Hall
(616) 331-8020

Admissions Office