COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has a fully online degree option that provides students an opportunity to construct an individualized program that meets their unique degree completion needs. The online Bachelor of Arts in an Integrated Studies Option (ISM) is designed to help students integrate previously completed coursework to design a customized major. It is especially helpful for students who have switched majors, colleges or institutions, and are looking for a meaningful way to complete their degree.
The Integrated Studies Online Option delivers a liberal arts and sciences education tailored to the demands of our ever-changing world, providing maximum flexibility in coursework while delivering high-level critical thinking and comprehensive learning. Since this program is available fully-online you can maximize your time and fit your education goals into your schedule. And online courses are taught by the same faculty as the on-campus courses so you'll receive the same quality instruction.
Students who pursue Integrated Studies make new connections among the courses they have already taken and develop innovative ways of approaching challenging questions. Students will develop interdisciplinary skills that will help them solve real-world problems. Interdisciplinary programs encourage students to synthesize the theories, methods, and analytical perspectives of diverse disciplines to bring new ways of understanding to particular themes or problems.
This Bachelor of Arts Individually Structured Major -- Integrated Studies (ISM) offers:
The Integrated Studies Online Option requires a total of 120 credits, and students must have already completed 60 credits to declare this major. This dynamic new program allows students to create their major by combining two course clusters from the same or different schools/colleges.
Inventing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to campus! Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in.
Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit the tuition and financial aid page.
Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
The completion timeline for this degree varies greatly because students can transfer in courses from previous accredited universities. Keep in mind:
You will create a custom program plan with your advisor during the application process which will inform the completion timeline.
Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first time student, a transfer student, or an international student.
Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator today.
Courses at CU Denver are offered three times a year - fall, spring, and summer. Not all courses are available every semester. For most programs, courses last 15 weeks, plus one week for finals. This is a big commitment, but we believe the extra time you spend dedicated to your studies pays off.
COMM 3100 - Learning Across Disciplines
This course introduces students to interdisciplinary thinking, methods, and writing. Students will learn what kinds of questions require thinking beyond a single discipline, how interdisciplinary scholars combine the theories and methods of a variety of fields, and how to approach the challenges of interdisciplinary writing.
ISMA 4900 - Interdisciplinary Capstone
This course brings together students who have been working on their individualized majors to share a capstone experience. The goal of the ISM capstone is for students to put their interdisciplinary learning into action – whether through a traditional research project or an experiential learning project. All ISM students must produce a final project that demonstrates their abilities to pose an interdisciplinary question and synthesize the theories, methods, and analytical perspectives of their chosen disciplines to answer that question. While working with their Primary Faculty Advisors on their capstone projects, students meet to discuss their experiences and to get feedback from each other as their projects develop.