Salem offers a major in Integrative Studies. This major allows you to pursue a program of studies that combines existing resources in the curriculum to create an interdisciplinary study drawing of a specific area of interest.
The Integrative Studies major would be designed by you in collaborating with an academic advisor and the head of the Integrative Studies department. Together you would select appropriate courses, internships and learning experiences designed to help you develop and demonstrate your knowledge of a specific area.
Your Integrative Studies major would require a minimum of 10 courses, including advanced courses in at least two disciplines, a senior capstone course/independent study and no more than two additional independent studies. If you are in good academic standing, you would design and submit your proposal (in collaboration with your advisor and the department chair) in your sophomore year or the first term of your junior year.
Examples of Integrative Studies majors might include American Studies, Gender Studies, Asian or European Studies.
You will learn from professors who are committed to critical exploration of their subjects. The small faculty-student ratio within classes as well as the intercommunication between department chairs will allow personal advising on areas of student research in which you are most interested.
Through your involvement in Integrative Studies you will develop critical thinking, analytical and communication skills and be prepared to either continue your education in post-baccalaureate programs or enter professions as diverse as law, medicine, education or business.
Integrative Studies Major (B.A.)
The Integrative Studies major provides students the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary program of study that is not typically offered as part of the College curriculum. In this major, a student designs a coherent program that combines existing resources in the curriculum to create an interdisciplinary study of a specific area of interest. The major is designed in collaboration with an academic advisor and the director of the Integrative Studies Program. After establishing learning outcomes, the advisor, the director and the student select appropriate courses, internships and learning experiences designed to help the student develop and demonstrate a body of knowledge in a specific area.
The major requires a minimum of ten courses, including advanced courses in at least two disciplines, a senior capstone course/independent study and no more than two additional independent studies. A student in good academic standing may design and submit her proposal in collaboration with a faculty member and the director of the program in her sophomore year or in the first term of her junior year.
Integrative Studies Courses (INTG)
200. Independent Study in Integrative Studies One-quarter to one course
Independent study under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Open to students with a 2.0 cumulative average and permission of the coordinator of the major. Independent study may take the form of readings, research or project. Independent study may be taken for a total of four courses, no more than two in any one term.
220. Special Topics in Integrative StudiesOne course
Investigation of an interdisciplinary topic,issue or problem. Content will vary by instructor(s) and is announced prior to the pre-registration period.
270. Internship in Integrative StudiesOne course
An opportunity to use the knowledge and skills a student has learned in course work to solve problems in a real work setting; the apprenticeship aspect of the internship implies that the student has some basic knowledge and will increase her knowledge and skills by direct contact with an experienced, knowledgeable mentor. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a 2.0 cumulative average; maximum credit per term is one course; admission by application only.
290. Honors Independent Study in Integrative StudiesOne course
Advanced independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Open to juniors and seniors with a 3.5 G.P.A. in the courses constituting the major and permission of the program coordinator. Honors Independent Study may be taken for a maximum of two courses.
American Studies Internships
Old Salem Museums & Gardens
The Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Horne Creek Living History Museum or the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Art (MESDA)
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools