Integrative Studies: A Unique Path


Are you a student who is

  • passionate about exploring unanswered questions by wandering down multiple disciplinary pathways?
  • absorbed by complex problems that seem to demand integrative answers from diverse perspectives?
  • focused on a professional goal that demands a creative academic path?

If so, an Integrative Studies* major may be right for you.

Integrative Studies allows you to work with faculty across the College to design an academic experience that will help you address critical questions and pursue professional goals in ways that cannot be accomplished through an existing major.

Each Integrative Studies program is unique, since students develop a plan of study based on their own distinct set of questions and goals.

The faculty have also developed a series of options (Integrative Studies "platforms") to show what areas of inquiry might be used to create a plan, and to provide a base from which you can launch your own vision of those options.

It takes a special set of skills to pursue an Integrative Studies major. The program works especially well for students who are engaged in, and ready to take responsibility for, their own education, and who are self-motivated, intellectually curious, and ready to challenge themselves.

If that describes you, we invite you to consider pursuing this integrative pathway through an Ithaca College education.

A special note: This program was formerly called Planned Studies.

Interested in Integrative Studies?

New Inquiries:
Professor Jerry Mirskin, Co-Coordinator of Integrative Studies
Writing Department, 420 Smiddy Hall
(607) 271-1246

Current Integrative Studies Majors:
Professor Mary Ann Erickson, Co-Coordinator of Integrative Studies
Gerontology Department, 215 Job Hall
(607) 271-3705

Next Application Deadline

Student proposals for Integrative Studies are due by Monday, October 15, 2018 to be effective as of Spring 2019. This deadline is for completed proposals that have been reviewed by Professor Mirskin in advance. Students intending to submit by this deadline should contact Professor Mirskin at the start of the Fall semester.

Students will be notified of the outcome by November 1.