Core Requirements

The degree centers around a core set of courses that provide training in issues, methods, and practices

vital for success in college, in personal life and in one’s career. All core courses are communication

intensive, training students to master basic skills in written and oral communication, critical analysis,

and problem solving. Through a mixture of individual and collaborative work, students not only develop

a foundation for engaging in interdisciplinary study but also, more generally, learn how to learn. As a

whole, the core courses provide a foundation for exploring issues and knowledge in the emphasis areas,

particularly how matters of ethics and diversity relate to learning and life in a global society and how

they impact a student’s immediate life and future.

Students begin their Integrated Studies program with a general orientation to the major that introduces

them to the theory and practice of integrative study. With the assistance of the program advisor,

students design a course plan by selecting their emphasis areas and identifying possible relationships

between them in preparation for the culminating capstone project. The course stresses collaboration as

an essential ingredient for success in college and work, and it encourages majors to develop an attitude

of teamwork to achieve greater success in the degree.

Four required courses totaling 12 credits comprise the Integrated Studies core requirements:

Complete all of the following:

INTS 3100. Interdisciplinary Studies. 3 Hours.

Required of all Integrated Studies majors. Explores the epistemology, assumptions, research methods,

theories, and concepts of each student’s emphasis disciplines. Then focuses on the methods, practices,

and theories of interdisciplinary study through integrative approaches to complex issues. Students

should complete at least two courses in each of their emphases before they enroll in this course.

Prerequisite: ENGL 2010 or ENGL 2010A (either Grade C or higher) and instructor permission. FA, SP.

INTS 3900. Interdisciplinary Topics. 3 Hours.

For all interested students; required of Integrated Studies students. Presents a topic, problem, or theme

from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Students experience the advantages and necessity of bringing

the knowledge, concepts, theories, and methods of multiple distinct disciplines to bear on

understanding complex issues and ideas and begin the process of integrating disciplines. Repeatable up

to 9 credits as topics vary. Prerequisite: ENGL 2010 or ENGL 2010A (Grade C or higher). FA, SP.

INTS 4950R X2. Integrated Studies Senior Research and Thesis. 6 Hours.

This is a minimum two-semester Senior Research and Senior Thesis series that in some cases may

extend to three semesters and that provides the culminating experience in the Integrated Studies

baccalaureate program. The first semester of this two-semester course focuses on research methods

and scholarly writing as students identify project topics and prepare formal proposals for review and

approval. In the second semester students develop their thesis topic, theme, issue, or problem and

relate their two areas of concentration through careful analysis and creative synthesis, producing a

major senior thesis project that exhibits skill in interdisciplinary understanding. Repeatable up to 9

credits subject to graduation requirements. Prerequisites: INTS 3100 (Grade C or higher), senior status,

and instructor permission. FA, SP, SU.

Other courses offered by instructor permission only:

INTS 3801R. Travel Study: Japan in Interdisciplinary Perspective I. 1 Hour.

Travel Study: Japan in Interdisciplinary Perspective I prepares students to participate in the Japan Travel

Study summer experience and is intended for students with an interest in the history and culture of

Japan and a desire to engage in rigorous interdisciplinary and global academic exploration. The purpose

of the course will be to gain an introductory knowledge of the culture and history of Japan, make

logistical preparations for international travel, and become aware of customs and norms of relevance to

respectful participation in Japan. Additionally, students will design a fieldwork-oriented research

proposal, to be carried out in Japan, that reflects disciplinary conventions commonly practiced an

academic major. Additional travel fee required. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. FA (odd).

INTS 3802R. Travel Study: Japan in Interdisciplinary Perspective II. 2 Hours.

Travel Study: Japan in Interdisciplinary Perspective II is the project completion phase of the Travel Study:

Japan in Interdisciplinary Perspective series. Students will deepen their knowledge and engagement with

the research artifacts that they gathered during their summer fieldwork in Japan, such as field-notes,

video and sound recordings, and photographs, by conducting secondary-source research in academic

databases on an approved interdisciplinary topic. Students will synthesize secondary and primary source

research content into textual and media reports featured on the open-access, online portal developed in

coordination with the city government of Ibigawa, Japan. Prerequisite: INTS 3801R (Grade C or higher),

and instructor permission. FA (odd).

INTS 3950. Interdisciplinary Field Topics [Topic]. 3 Hours.

For all interested students; fulfills topics course requirement for Integrated Studies students. Presents a

topic, problem, or theme from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Students experience the advantages

and necessity of bringing the knowledge, concepts, theories, and methods of multiple distinct disciplines

to bear on understanding complex issues and ideas and begin the process of integrating disciplines. This

field version of the standard INTS Interdisciplinary Topics will require some off-campus work and entails

a fee. Repeatable up to 9 credits as topics vary subject to graduation restrictions. Additional travel fee

required based on topic. Prerequisite: ENGL 2010 or ENGL 2010A (Grade C or higher).

INTS 3930A. Honors Integrated Studies Topics. 3 Hours.

Honors Course. For all interested students; fills INTS 3900 requirement for Integrated Studies students.

Presents a topic, problem, or theme from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Students experience the

advantages and necessity of bringing the knowledge, concepts, theories, and methods of multiple

distinct disciplines to bear on understanding complex issues and ideas and begin the process of

integrating disciplines. Research project required which pursues either: 1) a pilot study, such as a lab

study or a social science experiment; 2) an experiential learning project, such as fieldwork, social

activism, business internship, or similar; or, 3) an original creative piece of work. Prerequisites: INTS

3100 (Grade A) OR admission to the DSU Honors Program OR Honors Program Director permission.

INTS 4890R. Independent Study. 1-3 Hours.

Provides opportunities for majors to engage with an interdisciplinary issue or problem of interest.

Projects must be proposed by the student, approved by the department chair, and focused on

integrated, interdisciplinary methods and perspectives. All projects will require research and a written

product, and students will be expected to meet with the instructor regularly throughout the term.

Students may apply no more than 6 credits of Independent Study courses to the Integrated Studies

bachelor’s degree. Variable credit: 1.0-3.0. Repeatable up to 6 credits subject to graduation restrictions.