Program Information

Mission, Program Structure, and Goals

The Integrative Studies Program (formerly Liberal Studies), located in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies under Brooks College. Many of the most important challenges we face today are complex. We prepare students to be innovators and change agents, supporting them to make a positive difference in their lives, professions, communities, and the world. This includes offering a full compliment of courses on GVSU's Allendale, Grand Rapids, and Traverse City campuses as well as through online and hybrid learning options.

With a curriculum rooted in the values of a liberal education, our students learn to:

  • integrate knowledge and modes of thinking drawn from multiple disciplines
  • develop interdisciplinary understanding of complex problems and intellectual questions
  • demonstrate the ability to engage in perspective-taking
  • cultivate advanced critical thinking skills; and
  • be able to apply classroom knowledge to real-world problems while strengthening their social responsibility and intercultural understanding.

Are you having trouble choosing just one major or specialization? Are you someone who likes to think outside of the box, preferring creative, innovative approaches to following in the footsteps of others? Do you want to become a social innovator or change agent?  Or maybe you already have a variety of life and/or work experiences and want to complete a Bachelor's Degree that will really work for you?

Come see what is possible: Make an appointment to meet with an advisor today.


For an advising on our Traverse City Campus, please click here.

Office and Contact Information

The Integrative Studies Program offers full degree options on three GVSU campuses, including Allendale, Grand Rapids, and Traverse City.

To reach the main INT Department office, please visit or contact:

229 LOH on GVSU's Allendale Campus.


If you are located in Traverse City, please contact:

Traverse City Regional Center 
2200 Dendrinos Dr. Ste 102 
Traverse City, Michigan 49684

(231) 995-1785 


Classes in Integrative Studies are taught by a range of excellent faculty who are committed to putting students first. For a current list of teaching faculty and contact information please visit the INT Department faculty and staff directory.

Page last modified January 4, 2024