Training leaders who make a positive difference in their lives, careers, communities, and the world.

As a student you invest a lot in your education. We are invested in you. Our academic programs prepare students to solve complex problems, be engaged citizens, and develop the skills that are needed by today's employers.

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Our programs include:

  • Undergraduate degrees in Integrative Studies (BA, BS) and Religious Studies (BA, BS, major and minor)
  • Graduate degree in Social Innovation (Professional Master of Arts)
  • Certificate in Intercultural Competence
  • Badge in Intercultural Competence (available to both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students)
  • Degree completion pathways, including the new LEADS Program


Student and Faculty Spotlights

Winter 2020 Stanley Krohmer Senior Project Award

The IRISI Department recently selected the Winter 2020 Senior Thesis Award winners. The Stanley Krohmer Senior Project Award went to Ivy Baillie from the Traverse City Campus. Please click to read more.

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See What We Are About: Upcoming Events

Religion, Activism, and Secularization: How Ethnography Contributes to Theory

January 29, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Saint Mary's University Department of Religious Studies Presents the 2020/2021 VIRTUAL RELIGIOUS STUDIES SEMINAR SERIES Dr. Laurel Zwissler Central Michigan University Please register at Examining...

Social Innovation Master's Degree: Virtual Info Session

March 4, 2021 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

If you are interested in learning more about the Professional Master of Arts in Social Innovation (PMASI), join us for this informational meeting! This is the only social innovation program...

Social Innovation Graduate Student Research Presentations

April 28, 2021 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Faculty/staff, students, and advisory council members of the Professional Master of Arts in Social Innovation (PMASI) program are invited to join the students of SI 690 Social...

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Professor Denise Goerisch Book Published

September 28, 2020

We are excited to share that IRIS Professor Dr. Denise Goerisch, Assistant Chair and Assistant Professor, had had a book published, The True Cost of College (Palgrave MacMillan).

GVSU earns national recognition for increasing study abroad

April 01, 2020

Last year, a group of 11 TRIO students traveled to Chile for a two-week program at the Universidad del Bío-Bío. Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies faculty, Professor Justin Pettibone, was the faculty lead on the trip.



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