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Students who major in Integrative Studies may receive either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The B.A. degree requires third-semester proficiency in a foreign language. The B.S. degree requires the following courses: STA 215, INT 301, and one of the following: AHS 301, GPY 300, HST 290, PLS 300, STA 216, STA 314, STA 318, STA 340, STA 345.
Core courses (18 credits). All majors are required to take the following courses:
Area of Focus/Emphasis Area (18 credits, at least 15 of which must be upper-division courses). Students in Integrative Studies may tailor their area of focus within the major. In preparing their study plan, students should select courses organized around an academic field, an area of professional preparation, or a problem, issue, or theme in human experience. Some examples of recent areas of focus include:
The Integrative Studies program also offers a Leadership Emphasis. As an alternative to designing their own area of focus, students may choose to earn a Leadership Emphasis.
Required for emphasis (3 credits):
INT 341 - Leadership for Social Change
The following courses can count toward the remaining 15 credits in the Leadership Emphasis:
Integrative Studies Contextual Electives. All majors are required to select a body of at least 3 elective courses (9 credits total). Students may select their electives from across the entire Grand Valley curriculum. The department recommends that students in the lower levels of study consider structuring their electives as a career component of their study plan, including areas such as business, computer science, and international study.
Application and Synthesis (5 credits or more)