- Areas of Study
- About A&S
- Faculty & Staff
- Cultural Initiatives
- Research Initiatives
- General Information
- Theme, Courses, and Book List Fall 2016
- Common Questions
- Apply to the Learning Community
- Courses and Curriculum
- 2 year and 4 year plan
- How to declare the major
- An ISPer wonders: Should I declare an ISP/IDS major?
Integrated Studies Program (ISP)
Providing a first year Learning Community and an Interdisciplinary Studies major
For 30 years, the Integrated Studies Program has provided an exceptional way for first year students to begin their studies at the University of North Dakota (UND) and to fulfill many of their UND Essential Studies (also often called general education) requirements through the Integrated Studies Learning Community (ISP) .
Students can also continue in Integrated Studies beyond the first year learning community to earn a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
The Integrated Studies Learning Community : as a first year student, you will...
- EARN required Essential Studies (general education) credits in a unique way (fits with most 4-year plans)
- PARTICIPATE in a student-centered learning community with small class sizes
- EXPLORE topics about life, death, society, and science
- ENGAGE in courses team-taught by faculty from various fields
- MEET students from around the nation and develop close friendships
- LEARN outside the classroom through cultural events, field trips, and a variety of activities.
The Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) degree
IDS graduates are complex problem solvers and this degree signals to employers that they are adept at thinking about issues from many perspectives, have learned to think critically and creatively, and have a broad understanding of many fields. This is a major that stands alone or is easily paired with other majors.
Interdisciplinary Studies: Integrated Studies
“The truly curious will be increasingly in demand. Employers are looking for people who can do more than follow procedures competently or respond to requests, who have a strong, intrinsic desire to learn, solve problems, and ask penetrating questions. … Curious learners go deep, and they go wide. They are the people best equipped for the kind of knowledge-rich, cognitively challenging work required in industries… They are also the ones most likely to make creative connections between different fields, of the kind that lead to new ideas… Consequently, they are the ones whose jobs are least likely to be taken by intelligent machines…” (Ian Leslie, Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It.)