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Integrative Studies

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

Why Choose the Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies Program? - Program Spotlight

You can make a program that is unique; it is built around your special interests and career goals. The degree represents YOU, not a prescribed group of courses that lots of other students take. It's not a curriculum designed by people who don't know you; instead it is a curriculum that you and your advisor craft together based on your unique talents and interests.  

Changing majors costs time and money, so why not start by building the foundation that underpins all degrees and in the process discover your future. This degree allows you to explore and supports your individual path of discovery. By the end of the degree you know what bachelor's degree you want and you are prepared to start it with more expertise and maturity than a traditional college freshman. 


Career Opportunities

Content knowledge is changing at such a rapid pace that we can't keep up.  Schooling has become less about "remembering" information and all about "finding and using information". Employers are looking for people who can learn on their own, who can use information and make connections, people who can work in teams and who can communicate effectively with audiences. That is the focus of this degree program. You and your community of INST students will take classes together, work collaboratively, be challenged to see the connections among the wide variety of subjects you study and develop autonomy as a learner. You will become a problem-solver and your problem-solving skills will culminate in a final thesis project that you and your advisor design around your special interests.  

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 for an Associate’s degree is here

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

Consult the Required Course above 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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