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Integrative Studies

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An integrative studies major gives Salem students the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary program of study that is not typically offered as part of the college curriculum. In this major, you can design a coherent program that combines existing resources in the curriculum to create an interdisciplinary study of a specific area of interest.

Jobs and Outcomes

This program of study helps students develop critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills that will prepare them to either continue their education in post-baccalaureate programs or enter professions as diverse as law, medicine, education, and business.

Program Leadership

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Student Experience

The experience of each integrative studies student is unique because they design their academic experience along with their faculty advisor. Students are able to explore upper-level course material in at least two academic disciplines and identify connections between those disciplines. Recent examples of self-designed programs include:

  • Integrative Studies Plan in Sociology and Teaching, Schools, and Society with the Advocacy Concentration
  • Integrative Studies Plan in Psychological Science and Teaching, Schools, and Society
  • Humanism and Religious Thought Throughout the Middle Ages
  • Psychology and Human Communication

Health Leadership Highlights

  • The beauty of the integrative studies major is that students can integrate health-focused coursework into any program they design.
  • They might pull from courses in Public Health, Health Advocacy, or Health Humanities, for example, to design a coherent curriculum.

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Success Stories

Salem College alumna in New York City

Merritt Enright, C’19 2019

Today I completed my 4th internship at NBC News in New York City. I am so grateful to Salem College for supporting my desire to do this and for giving me the skills to make it happen. Salem taught me to be proactive. I’ve learned how to stand up, speak out, and pursue my goals.

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