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What is an integrator course?

The Junior/Senior integrator course is one of the key components in the undergraduate degree requirements in IUPUI's Schools of Science and Liberal Arts.

The Junior/Senior Integrator is an advanced course that addresses the integration of knowledge across disciplines. Integrator courses are specially designed and taught to show that the Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Natural Sciences are interrelated and interdependent. Integrators examine the philosophical relationships among science and the arts and humanities that involve the interplay of science, politics and social policy as well as the crucial interplay among science and technology and the social order and political decisions.

What Integrator courses are offered?

Integrator courses are offered each fall and spring semester. Learn more about the integrator offerings by selecting one of the following links:

What are Integrator Course prerequisites?

Juniors and Seniors majoring in any program in Science or Liberal Arts must take an integrator, and students from other schools are welcome as well. Junior/Senior Integrator courses have a set of prerequisites designed to ensure that students in the course can address material with the breadth and depth:

  • English W131 and W132 (or their equivalents), with of C or better
  • one course from the Humanities list
  • one course from the Social Sciences list
  • one course from the Comparative World Cultures list
  • one course from the Natural Sciences
  • Math 118 (or above)
  • History H114
  • one course in the major
Authorization to register for an integrator course can be obtained at the Dean's office in either Liberal Arts or Science.

Can students outside Liberal Arts or Science take an Integrator course?

Integrator courses are open to all IUPUI undergraduates, regardless of major, who have completed the prerequisites:

  • English W131 and W132 (or their equivalents), with of C or better
  • one course from the Humanities list
  • one course from the Social Sciences list
  • one course from the Comparative World Cultures list
  • one course from the Natural Sciences
  • Math 118 (or above)
  • History H114
  • one course in the major
Authorization to register for an integrator course can be obtained at the Dean's office in either Liberal Arts or Science.

What if students have trouble finding an Integrator course that fits their schedule?

Integrator courses are offered each fall and spring. Eventually, if demand warrants, some Integrators may be offered in summer. Advisors should be able to help students find an Integrator course that fits their interest and schedule. In the rare case that a scheduling problem cannot be resolved, students should seek their Dean's permission to substitute another advanced course for the Integrator.

Where do I find Integrator courses in the schedule of classes?

Integrator courses are listed under their own department, which is abbreviated INTG in the Schedule of Classes. Most integrators are offered as INTG I300, although some are cross-listed under other numbers in other departments.

What is the common curriculum?

The Common Core Curriculum was jointly adopted by the Schools of Science and Liberal Arts at IUPUI in 1998. The curriculum’s structure is as follows:

  1. Framework of the Basic Core (5-9 credits)
    • First-Year Experience (1-3 credits)
    • Junior/Senior Integrator Course (3 credits)
    • Capstone Experience (1-3 credits)
  2. Core Communication Skills (9-19 credits)
    • Written Communication (6 credits)
    • Oral Communication (3 credits)
    • Foreign Language Proficiency (B.A. only, 10 credits)
  3. Core Quantitative and Analytical Skills (6 credits)
    • One college-level mathematics course (beyond the level of Math 111)
    • A second course with substantial analytical content -
  4. Approaches to knowledge (23-28 credits)
    These courses that further address analytical thinking/intellectual depth, breadth, and adaptiveness/understanding society and culture. Courses must be taken from outside the major, in the following areas:
    • Natural Sciences (8-11 credits)
    • Humanities, Social Science and Comparative World Cultures (15 credits)

The understanding of ethical values and aesthetic appreciation are taught in many places across this curriculum.

The School of Liberal Arts and the School of Science each have additional degree requirements beyond the common core. These degree requirements are fully explained in the Liberal Arts bulletin and the Science bulletin. The historical development of the common core curriculum, and the fullest explanation of the rationale for it, are found in A Principled Curriculum.

 

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