The mission of the integrated studies major is to provide an innovative
B.S./B.A. degree completion program for either adult students with diverse
backgrounds or for traditional undergraduate students, and to allow flexibility
in the design of the program to meet their specific professional and/or
students to identify, develop and complete a 30 credit major related to their personal or professional
a degree completion program for adult learners with a variety of options for earning credit,
such as transfer credit, credit for prior learning, internship, study abroad
experience, CLEP exam or military transfer credit.
personalized academic counseling to all students to ensure that both university
and program graduation requirements are being met.
that each student complete a senior capstone experience (extensive research
project in INST 495, Colloquium II) with the assistance of a faculty in the focus
area discipline to provide an opportunity to directly apply their learning.
- Critical Thinking:
Students engage in the process of inquiry and problem solving.
- Information Fluency:
Student identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and
share information in a variety of contexts.
Students speak and write to suit varied purposes, audiences, disciplines, and
Integrated Studies (degree completion) Major
(Bachelor of Arts or Science)
- core curriculum and mission seminars – see
the core curriculum section of this catalog
- major course requirements
– INST 395, 495, UNST 310
- major requirement*
- COMM 211 or PSYC 230 or SOCL 338
- two courses from COMM 150, 205, 310, PSYC 250, OMGT
302, 304, SOCL 250 (these courses may not be used in the focus or support area)
- a focus area – 15 credits in one discipline/area
from the following disciplines/areas: business, English, history, legal
studies, philosophy/ethics, psychology, religious studies, science, servant
leadership, or sociology; of the 24 credits of the focus and support area, 15
credits must be upper division and 15 credits must be completed at Viterbo
- a support area – nine credits in a second
discipline/area from the following disciplines/areas: business, English,
history, legal studies, philosophy/ethics, psychology, religious studies,
science, servant leadership, or sociology; of the 24 credits of the focus and
support area, 15 credits must be upper division and 15 credits must be
completed at Viterbo
- final degree requirements
– see the degree requirements section of this catalog for specific requirements
of the Bachelor of Arts or Science degree as well as final graduation
The total credits of the
core and major requirements are 39-40. The core curriculum and mission seminars
require 38-52 credits. A total of 128 credits, 43 of which need to be at the
300/400 level, are required to graduate. Transfer course and waivers and/or
substitutions could modify these credit totals.
*Students will submit a plan of study for evaluation and
approval by a faculty consultFocant designated by the chair of a department in
a student’s focus area, an academic advisor in the Center for Adult Learning,
and the department chair of Interdisciplinary Studies.
The student will provide copies of the plan of study to the faculty consultant,
his or her Center for Adult Learning advisor, the department chair of
Interdisciplinary Studies, and the registrar.