Integrative Studies

Design thinking classes partner with Founders to create new beer

In March, beer aficionados can sip a new brew crafted by Grand Valley students who, because of the pandemic, barely stepped foot inside a brewery.

Jan 12, 2021


Students enrolled in accelerated degree program want bachelor's degree for job security

In this most unusual of academic years, more than 150 adult students have committed to pursuing a bachelor's degree through Grand Valley's new accelerated, online program.

Nov 20, 2020


Back in the classroom, Haas enjoys teaching remotely

Two of Grand Valley's colleges can lay claim to having a former university president among the faculty members who are teaching classes in the fall semester.

Sep 18, 2020


Student uses unique farm experiences as practicum for accelerated, online bachelor's degree program

Kristen Cloutier is turning her unique experiences on farms in the United Kingdom and stateside into a required practicum experience for her bachelor's degree in integrative studies at Grand Valley.

Aug 18, 2020


In op-ed, faculty member says support for women of color graduate students is heightened during COVID-19

In an article published in Inside Higher Ed, a faculty member said institutional support necessary to recruit and retain women of color who are graduate students becomes more significant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 1, 2020


Accelerated, online bachelor's program will help adults succeed in tough economy

Grand Valley's online, accelerated degree program will help adults achieve career success, even during an economy rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr 29, 2020


Staff, faculty member on front line confronting xenophobia, racism around COVID-19

Anxiety, misinformation and fear surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to a rise in harassment, racial and bias attacks against Asians and Asian Americans.

Mar 31, 2020


Two longtime professors to retire

Jonathan White, professor of interdisciplinary studies in the Frederik Meijer Honors College, and Stephen Rowe, a philosophy and liberal studies professor, will retire in December.

Nov 25, 2019


Class project turns into museum exhibition

In the 1970s, the B'nai Israel Synagogue in Muskegon counted more than 120 families as members. Its roster has since dwindled to about 40 families due to deaths, relocations and attrition. Marilyn Preston, associate professor of integrative studies and member of B'nai Israel, secured several grants to capture the oral histories of the synagogue's members. Next fall, these histories will be showcased in an exhibition at Muskegon's Lakeshore Museum Center.

Oct 8, 2019


New interactive library exhibit seeks to create a sense of home

It's not uncommon for first-year students to miss their family and friends back home. A new exhibit at the Mary Idema Pew Library is designed to help students combat feelings of homesickness and feel a greater sense of belonging.

Aug 15, 2019