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Integrative Studies Curriculum Requirements

To fulfill the requirements of the Integrative Studies Program, all students need to take one course from each of the following 8 “Threads.” With the possible exception of a TYS course which is 2 hours, all courses are 3 credit hours.

It is recommended that the FYS/TYS and 15xx-level course (any course 1500-1599) be taken in the student’s first year. The 2xxx-level courses (INST 2000-2999) can be taken in any order. Students must have junior standing and have taken at least one course from four of the five INST 2xxx threads before before taking INST 3xxx (any course 3000-3999).


First Year Requirements

FYS/TYS First-Year Seminar (one course; 2-3 hrs)
The First Year Experience program guides your transition into Otterbein University classrooms and communities. Through a network of supportive resources, including a First Year Seminar, FYE nurtures your academic skills and passions, and immerses you in the life of the college. The program encourages you to explore yourself and world, your beliefs and values, and your educational and professional goals. It also asks you to think about what it means to be responsible to yourself, to Otterbein, and to local and global communities.

INST 15xx Identity Projects (one course from INST 1500–1599; 3 hrs)
This requirement area invites you to explore the self in dynamic and critical terms. You will consider the interplay of individual and social identities, and study the self as a catalyst of voice, action, and purpose. In the process, you will engage with questions that are central to personhood: How does the self relate to others? How does the self change across time, culture, and circumstance? How does the self find its place in the world, and know its impact? How does one find one’s identity and shape one’s core commitments, both as an individual responsible for one’s own life, and as a participant in the wider world with a shared responsibility for the public good? Courses in the thread will emphasize critical inquiry and foundational expository writing skills.
*Outcomes aligned with this thread include: A.1, B.3, B.4, and D.7    

Sophomore & Junior Year Requirements

INST 20xx: Self, Power and Difference (one course from INST 2000–2099; 3 hrs)

In this requirement, you will use the perspectives and methods of social science to explore the self in a diverse society. The social sciences deepen our understanding of how identities such as race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexual identity intersect and inform our relations to power. You will consider the ways in which individuals and groups navigate relationships while examining the cultural, economic, geographic, political, psychological, and social structures that make up complex and diverse societies. Together, we will discover how the social sciences inform our understanding of the public good and the collective behavior necessary to develop the larger goals of social equity and justice. 
*Outcomes aligned with this thread include: A.1, B.3, C.6, and D.8  

INST 22xx Reflection and Responsibility (one course from INST 2200–2299; 3 hrs)
Drawing on the disciplines of philosophy and religious studies, this requirement area encourages you to reflect meaningfully on your own values and to explore the ethical dimensions of human existence. You will investigate and examine such important issues as individual and collective responsi- bility to the public good, the notion of a “good life,” and the nature and significance of personal and civic engagement.
*Outcomes aligned with this thread include: A.1, B.3, B.4, and D.7  

INST 24xx Natural Foundations (one course from INST 2400–2499; 3 hrs)
In this requirement, you will draw on the disciplines of the natural sciences to explore our modern understanding of nature and the physical world and how we have arrived at this knowledge. Courses in this thread examine scientific developments, natural phenomena, and how science provides data that is crucial to addressing many issues facing society today. You will consider how the objective findings of science fuel the development of many advancements that are making the world a better place to live. At the same time you will be challenged to consider your role individually and collectively in using scientific advancements responsibly in the modern world.
*Outcomes aligned with this thread include: A.1, B.3, C.6, and D.8  

INST 26xx Creativity and Culture (one course from INST 2600–2699; 3 hrs)
This requirement area explores how human beings find and create meaning in our world, particularly through creative inquiry in the arts. You will engage with knowledge that encourages deeper understanding and appreciation of the role of the arts across a diversity of human cultures, including how the arts engage questions of human meaning and purpose. You will explore how the arts contribute to the public good by suggesting and creating new possibilities for communities and cultures and also consider questions of responsibility (individual and collective) for maintaining and preserving cultural heritage from around the world.
*Outcomes aligned with this thread include: A.1, A.2, B.3, and C.5  

INST 28xx Global Cultures (one course from INST 2800–2899; 3 hrs)
In this requirement, you will draw primarily on the disciplines of history and modern languages to understand the world’s histories and cultures through an intercultural lens. You will see that there is great variation in how and why people have organized their societies, and you will come to a stronger understanding of these societies, past and present, on their own terms. As a result, you will better understand how our modern world has come to take its current shape, including how competing notions of social and public responsibility interact on a transnational and global scale.
*Outcomes aligned with this thread include: A.1, A.2, B.3, and C.5  

Senior Year Requirements

INST 30xx Integrative Seminar (one course from INST 3000–3099; 3 hrs)
This culmination of the Integrative Studies program allows students to see how different disciplines can work collaboratively and integratively to respond to vital topics and issues. Recognizing that you have a life you are responsible for, these team-taught courses will encourage you to explore, confront, and clarify your core commitments. In the process, you will better understand yourself as an educated, engaged, and critically reflective citizen with a responsibility to contribute to the public good.
*Outcomes aligned with this thread include: A.1, B.3, E.9, and E.10

Cross-listed Courses

Some courses are cross-listed in both Integrative Studies and another program. For example, Contemporary Moral Problems is listed as both PHIL 1300 and INST 2209. Students may enroll in either course section to receive credit for the Integrative Studies requirement.

/Integrative Studies Program

Joby DeCoster, Interim Director
Towers Hall 211
p/ 614.823.1564 
e/ jdecoster@otterbein.edu 

Andrew Mills, Director
Towers Hall 322
p/ 614.823.1368
e/ INSTDirector@otterbein.edu

Rachel Martin
Graduate Assistant
Towers Hall 223a
p/ 614.823.1124
e/ isassistant@otterbein.edu