Integrated studies

Integrated studies

Integrated studies is intended for students whose academic interests and goals can be best met outside the structure of a single discipline or departmental major or combination of majors and minors. By nature, the integrated studies major is interdisciplinary, while also being integrated with a central theme or interest. Integrated studies is a versatile major that can serve as excellent preparation for a variety of graduate school programs and professional careers.

Students complete 45 semester hours as part of their major
  • 3: Students must declare this major three semesters before graduation
  • Countless: The possible ways students can design and apply their major

The Real World


Successful Careers

Integrated studies is designed not to limit possibilities for students as they tailor their degree to their academic needs and interests. Popular areas of emphasis include allied health, American studies, arts management, food systems, gender studies, global health and not-for-profit management.

Recently, integrated studies major Gregory Teets accepted a Fulbright award to teach English in Malaysia. Teets designed a course of study titled "People and Cultural Perspectives." The major drew from the disciplines of Spanish, religion, psychology and communication studies to focus on understanding different people and cultures. Read more about Teets' research and future plans. 

Other recent careers include:

  • Registered nurse, St. John Hospital & Medical Center
  • Director of Student Life, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
  • Pricing analyst, Brownells Inc., Urbandale
  • Human resources coordinator, Children and Families of Iowa


No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group for you! Learn how you can get involved with groups and organizations at Central.

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Graduate Placement

Integrated studies majors are accepted to top graduate schools, often using their senior project as an example of the research they wish to pursue. Overall, 93 percent of Central students are admitted into the graduate school of their choice.


Integrated studies students intern with a variety of businesses and organizations, both locally and abroad. Depending on areas of emphasis, sites can include hospitals and health care settings, not-for-profits and educational institutions, as well as research opportunities. 

Courses & Faculty

Breadth: To ensure an interdisciplinary experience, students complete 45 semester hours in three-to-four academic disciplines from at least two different departments.

Depth: To ensure depth of knowledge, students complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of 300/400-level credit from at least two disciplines.

Experience: Students are encouraged to include an experiential component to their major including internships, practicum or directed research.

Capstone: Students complete a 3-6 credit-hour integrated capstone thesis or project to round out their education and bring closure to their narrative.

Meet the faculty:


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Sample Schedule

First year
  • Exploratory areas of interest
  • Core electives
Sophomore year
  • Refine your study to three or four disciplines
  • Core electives
Junior year
  • Identify focus areas
  • Begin final project design
  • Experiential component
Senior year
  • Senior project

The Central Difference

Research Opportunities

Integrated studies majors are actively engaged in research projects—some during the summer, some as independent senior honors projects and some assisting with faculty research. Students often present the results of their research at conferences or in a campus presentation.   

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with Central College to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago, Washington, D.C. and New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.


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Central College Integrated Studies Students

Learn More

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