Integrative Studies at NKU offers three degree programs.
Each program is designed to be flexible and emphasizes the kind of integrative study required for interdisciplinary problems or topics. Both the Associate's and Bachelor's degrees can be obtained online.
Integrative study is required when one moves beyond disciplinary boundaries and attempts to use knowledge from different specialties to answer a big question or tackle a complex problem. In interdisciplinary work specialists address problems or topics that sit between or overlap the disciplinary perspectives.
Interdisciplinary studies may be defined as a process of answering a question, solving a problem, or addressing a topic that is too broad or complex to be dealt with adequately by a single discipline or profession . . . IDS draws on disciplinary perspectives and integrates their insights through construction of a more comprehensive perspective.
-- Klein & Newell, “Advancing Interdisciplinary Studies,” in Gaff & Ratcliff, Handbook of the Undergraduate Curriculum (Jossey-Bass, 1996)
Our graduates will have the ability to
work collaboratively and productively with others who have different perspectives or worldviews;
think critically, creatively and boldly; and
Our graduates leave with a variety of skills that make them attractive employees for a large number of career possibilities. Integrative Studies students develop impressive resumes that show both bread and depth in their knowledge. They are excellent collaborators who are well-positioned to pursue their dream careers.
Integrative Studies programs attract students who
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