Integrative Studies - B.I.S. Download to print
College of Arts and Sciences
Center for Comparative and Integrative Programs
105 Bowman Hall
The Bachelor of Integrative Studies is a non-major degree that provides maximum freedom for students who wish to take a multidisciplinary, individualized approach to the design of an educational program while maintaining a focus on career and professional goals. This degree may have the most appeal for students near the end of their academic careers (senior students) who are re-evaluating their academic and career choices. It is a program in which the student undertakes the responsibility for the research and design of their program. Students choose a minimum of three academic departments in which to select courses and develop a rationale for the way in which these courses support their career goals. There are two concentrations within the B.I.S. degree: Integrative Studies-General, which allows students to choose a minimum of 30 credit hours from interrelated programs that support their career aspirations; and the Integrative Studies-Three Minors concentration which allows students to complete three university-recognized minors and/or certificates.
Since the B.I.S. degree is designed by students to meet their individual academic and career goals, the career opportunities are limitless.
Students who wish to declare and earn the B.I.S. degree must complete a formal application to the College of Arts and Sciences. Ideally, students should begin the process for evaluation and program review at or near the time they have a minimum of 60 earned hours and prior to completion of 91 credit hours. The formal application must be submitted by established deadlines. July 15 is the application deadline for program approval for the Fall term; November 1 is the application deadline for program approval for the Spring term; and April 15 is the application deadline for program approval for the Summer term.
In order to declare the B.I.S. degree, the procedures listed below must be followed:
Note that courses included as part of the B.I.S. program plan may not be taken Pass/Fail. The degree must include remaining Kent Core and diversity, writing-intensive and experiential learning requirements.
The Bachelor of Integrative Studies (B.I.S.) requires a minimum total of 120 earned credit hours. In addition, 42 of those 120 credit hours must be at the upper-division (30000-40000) level. Students must complete the degree with a minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA.
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