Integrative Studies

Integrative Studies at UM-Dearborn is intended for students who wish to customize their degree program to fit their own interests and aspirations.

Students create their own curriculum path, choosing three individual concentrations, or minors, instead of a traditional major. Students may further customize their degree by enrolling in internships or cooperative education. All students must complete a minimum of 39 credit hours for the Integrative Studies major, which includes LIBS 450 Capstone. Integrative Studies leads to an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, depending on the concentrations selected.

Aside from giving students the opportunity to build an individualized program suited to their own personal and/or career goals, Integrative Studies can also provide an excellent foundation for graduate and professional education in many areas, including law, business, public administration, counseling, and social work.

More about Integrative Studies

Integrative Studies includes all the academic minors (which become concentrations for this major)—interdisciplinary as well as disciplinary—in CASL, plus the programs in the College of Business; College of Education, Health and Human Services (excluding teacher certification minors); and Computer and Information Science from the College of Engineering and Computer Science. An advisory committee of faculty and staff oversees the program. See an academic advisor in CASL Advising and Academic Success, 1039 CB, for additional information about this major.

  • Students transferring from a community college with an Associate Degree may transfer a maximum of 30 credit hours of general credit courses (GENL).
  • The Foreign Language requirement not needed for this major.
  • LIBS 450 Capstone is required.
  • Integrative Studies concentrations are subject to the same policies and restrictions as program minors.
For more information, contact CASL Advising and Academic Success: room 1039 CB; or 313-593-5293. 

In addition to the major requirements, students must complete all CASL Degree Requirements.

Major Requirements

Integrative Studies students must select three concentrations. Concentrations are divided into three groups:

A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required for each concentration.  The GPA for CASL concentrations is based on all coursework required within the concentration (excluding prerequisites).  The GPA for the Artificial Intelligence, Game Design and CIS concentrations are based on CIS 150, 200, 275 and all upper level 300-4999 CIS courses.  The GPA for College of Business concentrations will include all of the following, if taken:  ACC 298, 299; and any upper level 300-4999 courses offered by the College of Business.

Learning Goals

  1. Be able to think critically across disciplinary lines and demonstrate a creative breadth of knowledge drawn from diverse perspectives.
  2. Be able to demonstrate fundamental knowledge of each chosen concentration.
  3. Be able to take responsibility for life-long educational and career planning which integrates varied approaches in education and a multidisciplinary curriculum.
  4. Be able to compare and contrast related concepts.