What is Integrated Studies?
The Integrated Studies major allows students to custom design a course of studies that matches their professional and personal interests and goals. The program provides students with a cross-disciplinary perspective and prepares students for a variety of careers with breadth of knowledge and excellent problem-solving skills for today’s rapidly changing work environment.
What degrees are available in Integrated Studies?
There are currently two options for bachelor’s degrees in Integrated Studies:
- Bachelor of Arts in “Integrated Studies”
- Bachelor of Science in “Integrated Studies”
Why is the Integrated Studies program a good choice for bachelor’s degree completion?
The Integrated Studies program permits students to take courses from several academic areas to prepare themselves for a job market that requires skills and knowledge from more than a single traditional academic discipline. These students may be motivated by specific interests not recognized in traditional majors, but can take advantage of the cross-disciplinary perspective.
Additionally, the program is ideal for students who have earned college credits elsewhere. The program is flexible and most courses can be counted toward the degree, if the student can articulate a legitimate connection to the individual development plan.
How does a student get started with majoring in this area?
For students interested in majoring in “Integrated Studies”, the first step is to see an academic advisor in the College of Professional Studies. An advisor will work with the student on the development of the individual’s development plan and get the student scheduled in the first required course, Vocational Calling. Click HERE to schedule an appointment.
What are the requirements of the program?
The Integrated Studies major requires 46 credit hours based on the following:
Individualized Classes (10 hours)
Seminar for Adult Success: Students will develop the strategies for a successful transition into college at Lipscomb. Topics include but are not limted to writing and communication skills, developing proficiency for online courses, time management, study skills, library orientation, balancing work and school, and academic planning.
Discovering Your Vocational Calling: This retreat style class will allow students to utilize spiritual discernment, psychological testing, and a gift inventory to determine their vocation. Students will determine where their talents and skills may be calling them and then create an individualized academic development plan to guide their studies at Lipscomb.
Reading Your Life into the Biblical Narrative: This course will encourage students to understand how their story is a part of God’s overarching narrative. Building on Discovering Your Calling, this course will assist students in interpreting their vocational callings through the trajectory of God’s plan.
Changing Lives Through Your Vocation: Students complete either a Service-Learning internship or a project where they apply vocational skills to benefit the community at large. Working independently with a faculty coach, the student will design the right project for his/her chosen vocational calling and “Integrated Studies” areas.
Senior Capstone Project: This project requires the student to integrate and apply the knowledge learned in the classroom on a real-life project. The project must require the student to demonstrate competency in the two chosen concentration areas.
Concentration Classes (24 hours)
The major must include two upper division concentration areas (12 hours per area). No course may count in more than one concentration.
Upper Division Electives (12 hours)
Students must take 12 additional related upper division elective courses. These courses may be drawn from the concentration areas or selected from other areas complementary to the student’s individual development plan. No more than 24 semester hours in business coursework will count toward graduation requirements.