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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?

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.

How can I propose an integrator course?

Integrator courses are developed by faculty teams (at least two faculty members from two different disciplines, although some integrators are developed and taught by more than two faculty). Integrators are advanced courses and have common prerequisites. The core Curriculum Committee can help you develop ideas for integrators, and welcomes early inquiries.

The Committee has developed a clear set of guidelines for proposing integrator courses. The Integrator Course proposal form must be signed by the appropriate department chairs and deans. The Common Core Curriculum Committee will coordinate work with the appropriate committees in SLA or SOS if any other committee approval is needed.

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.

How can I propose that a course be added to the common curriculum?

The Common Core Curriculum committee has prepared guidelines for faculty wishing to add a course to the common curriculum. The proposal process is relatively simple. It requires that you identify which Principles of Undergraduate Learning the course involves and which part of the curriculum you wish to add the course to, and that you submit a syllabus. The Common Core Curriculum Committee will coordinate work with the appropriate committees in SLA or SOS if any other committee approval is needed.


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