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Integrated Studies: General Outcome

Understand the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge.

Overall Guidelines

The Integrated Studies requirement may be fulfilled by approved individual/stand-alone courses, linked courses, or coordinated studies programs that reflect the General Description, Student Learning Outcomes, and some of the suggested Curriculum Design Elements listed below.


General Description

Integrated Studies is a collaborative teaching and learning mode which explores questions, problems, or issues too broad to be adequately studied within a single discipline, and which aims at a complex understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge.


Student Learning Outcomes (1-4) and Suggestions for Curriculum Design Elements

  1. Discover the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge—by
    • Investigating broad questions, issues, or themes transcending single disciplines
    • Connecting learning across contexts (cognitive/affective; personal/public; school-life-career)
    • Developing complex questioning processes to broaden and deepen inquiry
    • Focusing the process of writing on the discovery of knowledge
  2. Integrate sources from multiple fields and viewpoints—by
    • Analyzing a variety of academic perspectives
    • Reading important texts critically and exploring them in student seminars
    • Producing written, visual, or oral projects
  3. Work in a collaborative teaching and learning environment—by
    • Contributing to the development of a collaborative learning community culture
    • Participating in problem-solving, research, and presentation groups
    • Developing sensitivity to and understanding of divergent peer perspectives
  4. Synthesize and evaluate new understandings and knowledge—by
    • Engaging in the process of the active construction of knowledge
    • Integrating several disciplinary insights into a larger whole
    • Becoming comfortable with ambiguity associated with the study of complex issues
    • Assessing the process and quality of one's own learning



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