Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies - Online
The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies is designed for adult learners who want to build on their existing education and tailor their degree to match their personal and professional educational goals. Learners discover and engage with subjects across disciplines in a given area concentration, or combine their Arts & Sciences courses with professional studies. Students acquire the foundation for career development and life-long learning, honing skills in writing, deep reading, communication, and critical thinking. By approaching subjects across disciplines, learners consider and analyze issues using multiple lenses. They deepen their understanding of problems, test new approaches to challenges, and learn to solve issues creatively.
At University College, we understand adult students may need more flexibility to work around busy schedules. We designed our Integrated Studies degree to be a flexible option for busy professionals. This fully interdisciplinary program enables maximum use of prior course work while offering flexibility for what works best for you: fully-online or in-person degree completion.
Students interested in an on-campus or hybrid experience should visit the in-person Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies.
Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:
- individual appointments with an experienced advisor;
- career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
- a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.
Schedule an Appointment
We have suspended in-person advising appointments temporarily according to the university’s response to COVID-19. Students should not come to campus, but advisors are still available to help you by email, phone or Zoom.
Student advising is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
required course work
All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general education requirements. Students in the B.S. in Integrated Studies choose from the Area Concentration track or the Arts & Sciences Professional track, each of which culminates in a capstone experience.
In the Area Concentration Track, students take course work across the Humanities or Social Sciences providing multiple perspectives and approaches to similar subjects. Learning how a variety of disciplines approach questions provides a foundation for appreciating differences across cultures, areas of work and life, and among individuals. Students acquire a range of tools for approaching problems and creating solutions.
Required Courses: 36 units
Complete 33 units in one area of concentration, choosing from Humanities or Social Sciences. At least 18 units must be at the 300-400 level.
Humanities Concentration (33 units)
Social Science Concentration (33 units)
* Foreign languages fulfill the Humanities Concentration of the Integrated Studies degree; foreign languages fulfill the Languages and the Arts distribution area for general education requirements.
Capstone (3 units)
Complete a one-unit capstone essay, reflecting on the integration of a topic across fields within the chosen concentration.
In the Arts & Sciences Professional track, students pair the critical thinking, research, and writing that are essential across multiple careers with a set of skills that advances their prospects in a particular profession.
Required Courses: 36 units
Area Concentration (18 units)
Choose from Humanities or Social Science concentrations. Courses must be at the 300-400 level.
Professional Studies (15 units)
Students can choose individual courses that best advance their goals or focus on one area and to earn a certificate. Individual Professional Studies courses are chosen from:
Professional Studies courses:
** Undergraduates may take a maximum of nine units of 500-level (graduate-level) course work.
Capstone (3 units)
Students reflect on, research, and develop a set of best practices in a chosen profession. Fully-online capstone option is available.
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- At least six units of transferrable college-level course work; or
- at least six units of course work taken at University College and proof of high school completion or GED.
Note: University College is designed for students with adult responsibilities who may require part-time and flexible course schedules. Current high school students and recent graduates seeking a traditional WashU college experience should apply through the undergraduate admissions office: https://admissions.wustl.edu/.
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the undergraduate degree in Integrated Studies. Applications will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:
- SUMMER 2020: APRIL 15, 2020
- FALL 2020: JULY 15, 2020
- SPRING 2021: DEC. 15, 2020
The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.
Official or unofficial (student-issued) copies of transcripts from the three most recent years of college-level work. If you have fewer than 6-units of transferable credit, proof of high school completion or GED must be submitted. Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at email@example.com.
Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES) or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?
All international students are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application. The TOEFL and IELTS may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:
- Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
- Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.
This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.
If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, the TOEFL or IELTS is then required for admission.
For international student application deadlines, please click HERE.
Additional TOEFL and IELTS information for international students adversely affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on University College’s International Student Information webpage.