The Integrated Studies program at Dixie State University provides opportunities for students to earn a bachelor's degree different from traditional, discipline-specific programs.
The Integrated Studies degree offers students a unique path to gain skills and competencies necessary to succeed in their chosen careers. By combining coursework from different disciplines, students can determine and manage their programs in ways not available in traditional academic degrees. If, as studies suggest, the primary value of a baccalaureate degree is the degree itself, over and above the field of study, then the Integrated Studies degree, with its flexibility in content-area learning, may provide a viable and practical option.
An integrated studies graduate will be able to demonstrate an ability to learn in multiple subject areas and to transfer skills needed for current and future jobs. Many of DSU's current baccalaureate programs are represented: Art, Biology, Business, Communication, Computer & Information Technology, Criminal Justice, English, Mathematics, Music, Psychology, Spanish and Theater. In addition, the Integrated Studies program provides students with disciplines not currently available in bachelor's programs at DSU, including History, Management & Operations, Military Science and Sociology.
The program offers students the flexibility of developing a major program of study that will uniquely suit their personal and professional goals. It presents the advantages of a liberal arts degree while allowing students to combine basic knowledge and explore relationships between two academic or professional fields. This approach enables students not only to assume greater responsibility and ownership of their major areas of study but also to gain knowledge and skills tailored to a specific career or professional pursuit by expanding their training beyond a traditional, discipline-specific curriculum.
Integrative, interdisciplinary study involves bridging traditional academic boundaries to examine the relationships between various disciplines. This approach challenges students to recognize the distinct methodologies and practices unique to different fields of knowledge and to appreciate the significant ways that knowledge results from interactions among these fields. A successful Integrated Studies program will produce a student who understands that learning, itself, is interdisciplinary and integrative in nature and who can identify significant connections between disciplines and incorporate them into his or her education, work, and life.
To learn more about the specific degrees and options available, use the links to the left as a gateway to explore the degrees and emphasis areas. We welcome the opportunity to work with you and assist you in achieving your educational and career goals.
Integrated Studies Department
Telephone: (435) 652-7814