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Integrative Studies

Degree Type: Associate in Arts
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Official Program Checksheet

Why Choose the Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies Program?

The Integrative Studies AA program is a flexible degree program designed for highly motivated, independent students who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary associate degree in educational areas where Ferris State University has appropriate faculty, facilities, and course work, but for which FSU does not have an existing associate degree program.

Within the individualized study program, a student could propose a program of study that crosses department or college disciplinary areas in an unconventional manner or creates a new configuration of areas of study. The proposed programs should not duplicate any existing FSU major.

In short, the program allows students to develop competencies from a variety of disciplines that will be well matched with their intended career and/or educational goals.

Career Opportunities

The 21st century workforce calls for individuals who have multiple talents who must be flexible and have the ability to contract their skills in a variety of contexts. The Integrative Studies A.A. asks students to focus on multiple capacities that they wish to develop and combine for individualized career paths. While each self-styled program is different, the orientation/capstone experiences and general education core provide commonality.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the Integrative Studies AA program requires the following:

For new students: Admission to FSU with cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5, 17 ACT or 900-930 SAT; initial consultation with Program Coordinator (online or by phone).  

For transfer students coming from other FSU programs or from other institutions:
Admission to FSU in good standing; cumulative GPA of at least 2.0; initial consultation with Program Coordinator (online or by phone).

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements can be found here:

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:

Consult the official checksheet or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

All Integrative Studies AA graduates must fulfill the following:
Completion of the University General Education requirement; a minimum of 60 credits with a minimum of 15 credits of Ferris classes (FSU Residency requirement); a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher; completion of the Integrative Studies program in consultation with the Program Coordinator; and all other University requirements.

More Information

Dr. Roxanne Cullen
Integrative Studies Program Coordinator
College of Arts and Sciences
820 Campus Drive, ASC 1009
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2713

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