Carmichael (Director), Kerr, Leber-Gottberg, Magness, and Park
(The permanent faculty is supplemented by faculty from other University departments.)
UND's exceptional learning community, the Integrated Studies Program (ISP), is nationally-known and award-winning. Housed in the Humanities department at the University, ISP:
- allows you to earn required Essential Studies (general education) credits in a unique way which fits with any 4-year plan;
- gives you the opportunity to participate in a student-focused learning community with small class sizes, meet students from around the nation, and develop close friendships;
- provides an option allowing you to explore topics about real-world issues;
- engages you in courses team-taught by faculty from various fields;
- presents opportunities for learning outside the classroom through cultural events and field trips.
Through a process of asking questions, evaluating assumptions, and analyzing beliefs, ISP students, taking between two to four courses in the Program each semester, will reflect on what they know, assess what they think, and judge why they think it. This type of exploration demands disciplined thought, clear articulation of ideas, and cooperative discussion and problem-solving as preparation for the complex decisions and judgments that life and work present. And by emphasizing these areas, the Program provides an opportunity to enhance skills employers seek.
All courses in Integrated Studies help students fulfill Essential Studies (general education) requirements necessary for all University undergraduate degrees. (See University Essential Studies listing for more information.) Each semester includes options for receiving credit from the following Essential Studies categories: Communications, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Math/Science/Technology. Information on most course offerings can be found under the Humanities department listing.
Below is an example of Essential Studies information and how ISP can help you fulfill credits in the various categories. Both a fall and a spring semester experience in the Program are offered; the total number of credits and their category distribution vary semester by semester.
|Department||Required Credits at UND||ISP Classic* fall semester example||ISP Lite* fall semester example|
|Arts and Humanities||9||4||4|
|Math, Science, Technology||9||3||-|
*ISP Classic is a good option for you if you are interested in an intensive learning community experience and do not need to take several specific courses for a major in your first year of college. ISP Lite is a good option for you if you know you need to take some classes right away that are required for your major.
To emphasize and build connections between disciplines, all class activities and discussions are organized around a central theme. Class meetings include a variety of small group settings in which discussion among students is emphasized. In addition, students enrolled in these classes form a supportive learning community: they spend the entire semester studying the same materials together and form close relationships with each other and with the faculty team. The Program provides students an opportunity to hone skills such as:
- Integrating topics from classes together, as well as with their daily lives
- Critical thinking and problem solving, creative thinking, and collaboration
- Close reading of texts
- Cooperative work
- Oral communication
Integrated Studies works well with most majors at UND and should appeal to students at all levels of academic proficiency. ISP Classic is particularly recommended for students interested in education, communication, or pre-law studies, and for deciding students; ISP Lite is a great option for pre-health fields, aviation and engineering majors. Students enrolled in the UND Honors Program may apply Integrated Studies credits toward their Honors requirements.
Students interested in the Integrated Studies Program can call (701) 777-3622, or write to Humanities and Integrated Studies, O’Kelly Hall Room 253, 221 Centennial Dr., Stop 7117, Grand Forks, ND 58202-7117. Information about the Program is also available online at: http://www.und.edu/integrated-studies. The Program’s office is located on the second floor of O’Kelly Hall, Room 253, on the University campus.