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Integrated Studies Program

The Integrated Studies Program, part of General Education, offers a Bachelor’s degree with an integrative, a cross-disciplinary approach to study. The associate’s degree program provides the fundamental skills and knowledge in reading, writing, speaking, critical thinking, mathematics, and scientific inquiry that are essential to college success, and it enables students to move seamlessly into bachelor’s degree programs at CCSJ. The baccalaureate program allows students to design a customized and specific course of study to best suit their educational and professional objectives. Further, this degree allows students the freedom of studying subjects in a holistic and contextual way.

An academic advisor in consultation with the Program Director assists the student in the development of a program of study.

Department Chair: Carrie Hutton, M.S., M.S.E., Ed.D

Program Director: Carrie Hutton, M.S., M.S.E., Ed.D

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Mission Statement

Integrated Studies students engage in an integrated approach to learning with emphasis on critical thinking and communication skills.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this program, it is expected that students will:

  • Demonstrate an ability to integrate knowledge from chosen disciplines
  • Demonstrate an ability to write and speak clearly, logically and in sufficient depth and detail on topics students have studied.

Program Director

Carrie Hutton

Carrie Hutton

Phone: (219) 473-4284
Office: Room 302

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B.S. in Integrated Studies (120 hours)

  • 38 hours: General Education
  • 30 hours: upper level courses in major
    • A minimum of 2 minors (or an appropriate distribution of 12 credit hours) in at least two specific content areas is recommended
    • General Education courses are excluded from major courses above
    • IST 499 Integrative Project
  • 16 hours: additional coursework that ensures a program of study that is appropriately interdisciplinary.
  • 36 hours: Electives

Integrated Studies majors must collaborate with a minimum of two full time faculty members in different disciplines to develop an academic plan within two semesters of declaring their major. The academic plan must be approved by the Curriculum and Assessment committee and the VPAA at least two academic semesters before the intended graduation date to ensure degree integrity.


IST 499 Integrative Project
3 hours
Under the supervision of the Program Director and another faculty member from an appropriate discipline, the student engages in an integrative project requiring (1) either a written research or reflective paper, or a multimedia program with a descriptive essay, and (2) and oral presentation about the purpose, key points and learning outcomes of project. This course is normally taken in the students’ final semester of study.