Concentrations

BA in Integrative Studies

The BA in integrative studies brings together research, theory and practice across numerous disciplines. Integrative studies majors select a multidisciplinary concentration or work with student services staff to develop their own concentration, uniquely suited to their academic and career goals. Integrative studies majors explore new topics and experiences while gaining the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce.  Required coursework is offered in small classes with ample room for discussion, collaborative learning, and experiential learning, including in-community projects, volunteer opportunities, field work, internships and work with faculty on research that directly engages current social and global challenges.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Policies

Integrative studies students may fulfill lower level Mason Core requirements through approved integrative studies (INTS) coursework. Students pursuing a BA in integrative studies must complete a minimum of 30 credits of (INTS) coursework, with at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 levels. These 30 INTS credits fulfill the writing intensive and synthesis Mason Core requirements. In addition, students must complete ENGH 302 Advanced Composition (Mason Core).

Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Before registering, students should see an advisor to help plan their degree program to meet Mason requirements. The advisor also can help students choose electives or a minor.

Concentrations in the Major

A concentration is the equivalent of a major in a traditional degree program. Students choose from an established multidisciplinary concentration below or create with faculty an individualized program of study to fit their interests and needs. Concentration coursework combines integrative studies (INTS) classes with coursework from other Mason units (departments, schools, and colleges). While fulfilling the concentration requirements, students are also responsible for completing a minimum of 30 credits of INTS coursework. Any INTS courses required for the concentration will apply. Students must present a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses applied to the concentration.

Available Concentrations

Childhood Studies (CHDS)

Students complete the following coursework:

Seven Required Courses (minimum of 23 credits)
INTS 312 Images and Experiences of Childhood: Social Construct, Literature, and Film 3-6
INTS 316 Introduction to Childhood Studies (Mason Core) 4
INTS 317 Issues in Family Relationships (Mason Core) 4
PSYC 100 Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core) 3
PSYC 211 Developmental Psychology (Mason Core) 3
PSYC 313 Child Development 3
STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core) 3-4
or SOCI 313 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Mason Core)
Total Credits 23-27
Additional Courses
Select three courses from the following: 9-18
Socialization Processes: Family, Childhood, Personality in Cross-Cultural Perspective  
Critical Study of Children's Literature  
HEAL 350
Interventions for Populations and Communities at Risk  
Introduction to Community Studies  
Conflict Resolution and Transformation  
Violence and Gender  
Contemporary Youth Studies (Mason Core)  
Construction of Differences: Race, Class, and Gender (Mason Core)  
Parent-Child Relations (Mason Core)  
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)  
NUTR 295
Introduction to Nutrition (Mason Core)  
NUTR 420
Strategies for Nutrition Education  
NUTR 421
Community Nutrition  
NUTR 422
Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle  
NUTR 423
Nutrition and Chronic Illnesses  
NUTR 466
Nutrition and Weight Management: Obesity, Anorexia, and Bulimia  
Adolescent Development  
Personality Theory  
Abnormal Psychology  
Psychology of Gender  
SOCW 415
Child and Family Welfare  
Sociology of Delinquency  
Youth Culture and Society  
other relevant courses with approval of advisor
 
Total Credits 9-18

International Studies (INST)

Students complete the following coursework:

Language Proficiency

All students must demonstrate language proficiency at the intermediate level through coursework (a Mason course numbered 202) or proficiency testing.

Foundational Courses
INTS 303 Introduction to International Studies (Mason Core) 3
INTS 362 Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core) 3
INTS 435 Leadership in a Changing Environment 3-4
or INTS 406 Global Leadership (Mason Core)
Total Credits 9-10
Religious Studies
Select one course from the following: 3
Global Perspectives on Spirituality and Healing (Mason Core)  
Religion and Politics  
Death and the Afterlife in World Religions  
Religion, Values, and Globalization  
Women in the World's Religions  
Comparative Study of Religions (Mason Core)  
Total Credits 3
Geography
Select one course from the following: 3
GGS 302
Global Environmental Hazards  
GGS 303
Geography of Resource Conservation (Mason Core)  
GGS 304
Population Geography (Mason Core)  
GGS 305
Economic Geography  
Total Credits 3
Globalization
Select one course from the following: 3
Civilizations  
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Globalization (Mason Core)  
Globalization and Culture  
Introduction to Global Affairs (Mason Core)  
Digital Futures  
Globalization and Society (Mason Core)  
Globalization and Social Change (Mason Core)  
Total Credits 3
Sustainability
Select one course from the following: 3-6
Sustainable World (Mason Core)  
Environmental Justice (Mason Core)  
Conservation Biology (Mason Core)  
Plants and People - Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability  
Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core)  
Total Credits 3-6
Politics
Select one course from the following: 3
Political Anthropology (Mason Core)  
GGS 301
Political Geography  
GOVT 322
International Relations Theory  
An Experiential Approach to American Foreign Policy  
Total Credits 3
Social Action and Conflict Transformation
Select one course from the following: 3-6
Law and Justice (Mason Core)  
Argument and Advocacy  
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)  
Conflict, Trauma and Healing (Mason Core)  
Spirituality and Conflict Transformation (Mason Core)  
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)  
INTS 417
Human Trafficking and the International Community  
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World  
Total Credits 3-6
Creative Arts
Select one course from the following: 3-4
DANC 118
World Dance (Mason Core)  
DANC 318
Global Perspectives: World Dance Forms (Mason Core)  
Global Voices (Mason Core)  
The Idea of a World Literature (Mason Core)  
World Literatures in English  
MUSI 103
Musics of the World (Mason Core)  
Art as Social Action (Mason Core)  
Art, Beauty, and Culture (Mason Core) (Students take 3 credits.)  
THR 359
World Stages (Mason Core)  
Total Credits 3-4
Electives
Select three electives 1 9-12
Total Credits 9-12
1

Students take three additional courses focused on an international area of their interest with the advice and approval of an adviser.

Leadership and Organizational Development (LODV)

Required Courses

Understanding the interdisciplinary nature of leadership and its application to personal, organizational and societal development

INTS 204 Leadership Theory and Practice 4
INTS 435 Leadership in a Changing Environment 4
Total Credits 8
Additional Course

Developing a heighted sense of self, including: inner knowledge, core values, intersecting identities, well-being, and impact on others

Select one course from the following: 3-4
Women and Leadership  
Mindfullness, Meaning Well-Being  
Science of Well Being  
Total Credits 3-4
Additional Course

Understanding ethical approaches to leadership and change, and applying ethics in personal and organizational processes

Select one from the following: 3-4
Ethics and Leadership  
Business Ethics  
Ethics and Economics  
Total Credits 3-4
Additional Course

Understanding team and organizational learning

Select one from the following: 3-4
Work Effectiveness Skills  
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)  
MBUS 301
Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy  
MGMT 301
People and Organizations  
Social Psychology (Mason Core)  
Total Credits 3-4
Additional Course

Demonstrating competence in personal and professional communication

Select one from the following: 3-4
Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills (Mason Core)  
Small Group Communication  
Issues in Intercultural Communication  
Nonverbal Communication  
MBUS 302
Managing Information in a Global Economy  
MIS 301
Introduction to Business Information Systems  
or MIS 303
Introduction to Business Information Systems (Mason Core)
Total Credits 3-4
Additional Courses
Select four courses from the following: 12-18
ACCT 203
Survey of Accounting  
ACCT 301
Financial Accounting and Managerial Decision Making  
ACCT 303
Accounting for Decision Making  
BULE 303
Legal Environment of Business  
BUS 210
Business Analytics I  
BUS 303
Develop Professional Skills II: Advanced Elements  
BUS 310
Business Analytics II  
FNAN 303
Financial Management  
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)  
Conflict Resolution and Transformation  
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)  
INTS 356
Foundations of Resilience and Well-Being  
INTS 451
Leadership and Organizational Problem-Solving  
INTS 406
Global Leadership (Mason Core)  
Work Effectiveness Skills  
Principles of Fund Raising  
MGMT 301
People and Organizations  
MIS 303
Introduction to Business Information Systems (Mason Core)  
MKTG 303
Principles of Marketing  
OM 210
Statistical Analysis for Management  
OM 303
Operations Management  
Social Psychology (Mason Core)  
The Future of Work  
SOM 301
Business Models: A Communication Approach  
 
Other relevant courses with approval of advisor
 
Total Credits 12-18

Legal Studies (LGLS)

Required Courses
INTS 202 Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills (Mason Core) 4
GOVT 103 Introduction to American Government (Mason Core) 3
PHIL 173 Logic and Critical Thinking 3
INTS 300 Law and Justice (Mason Core) 3
GOVT 301 Public Law and the Judicial Process 3
PHIL 311 Philosophy of Law 3
BULE 303 Legal Environment of Business 3
Total Credits 22
Additional Course
Select one from the following: 3
GOVT 407
Law and Society  
GOVT 422
Constitutional Interpretation  
GOVT 423
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties  
GOVT 443
Law and Ethics of War  
GOVT 446
International Law and Organization  
GOVT 452
Administrative Law and Procedures  
Constitutional Law: Criminal Process and Rights  
Total Credits 3
Additional Courses 
Select three courses from the following: 9-16
 
 
Public Speaking (Mason Core)  
Case Studies in Persuasion  
Persuasion  
Journalism Law  
Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)  
Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles (Mason Core)  
Money and Banking  
Environmental Economics  
International Economics (Mason Core)  
Law and Economics  
GOVT 307
Legislative Behavior  
GOVT 420
American Political Thought  
Leadership Theory and Practice  
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)  
Conflict Resolution and Transformation  
Ethics, Communication, and Freedom  
Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)  
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (Mason Core)  
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)  
Work Effectiveness Skills  
Bioethics (Mason Core)  
Criminology  
Sociology of Delinquency  
Prevention and Deterrence of Crime  
Other relevant courses with approval of advisor
 
Total Credits 9-16

Liberal Arts for the Teaching Professions (LATP)

9 credits of ENGH, including ENGH 101 or ENGH 302 and one literature course 9
3 credits of oral communication 3
12 credits of natural science (must include a lab science and coursework from at least two scientific disciplines) 12
12 credits of mathematics or statistics (only 3 credits of statistics or probability can be accepted) 12
3 credits of ECON coursework 3
3 credits of U.S. history 3
3 credits of GGS 103 Human Geography 3
3 credits of American government (GOVT 103 or 304) 3
3 credits of HIST 100 or HIST 125 3
3 credits of ARTH, AVT, MUSI, or THR coursework 3
3 credits of PHIL, RELI, or FRLN coursework 3
Minimum of 9 credits of EDCI, ECED, EDUC, EDLE, EDSE, or EDRD coursework 9
Total Credits 66

Social Innovation (SINN)

Students complete a minimum of 33 credits of coursework.

Core Courses
INTS 203 Inquiry for Action: Facilitating Change 6
INTS 435 Leadership in a Changing Environment 4
Total Credits 10
Social Impact
Select two social impact courses from the following: 6-8
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)  
Environmental Justice (Mason Core)  
Art as Social Action (Mason Core)  
Leadership in a Changing Environment  
Community Engagement for Social Change (Mason Core)  
Social Problems and Solutions (Mason Core)  
Social Inequality (Mason Core)  
Total Credits 6-8
Enterprise Course
Select two enterprise courses from the following: 7-8
AMGT 410
Arts Advocacy and Community  
GOVT 353
Social Entrepreneurship  
MBUS 304
Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing a New Enterprise  
Total Credits 7-8
Policy Course
Select one policy course from the following: 3-6
GOVT 351
Administration in the Political System  
GOVT 364
Public Policy Making  
Argument and Advocacy  
Digital Futures  
Food Systems and Policy (Mason Core)  
Social Justice Education (Mason Core)  
Social Movements and Political Protest  
Power, Politics, and Society  
Total Credits 3-6
Nonprofit Course
Select one nonprofit course from the following: 4
GOVT 358
Nonprofit Financial Planning  
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)  
Principles of Fund Raising  
Total Credits 4
Ethics Course
Select one ethics course from the following: 3-4
Free Speech and Ethics (Mason Core)  
Ethics and Leadership  
Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core)  
Business Ethics  
Theories of Ethics  
Ethics and Economics  
Total Credits 3-4

Social Justice and Human Rights (SJHR)

Students complete the following coursework:

Core Courses
INTS 337 Social Justice Consciousness and Personal Transformation 3
INTS 362 Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core) 3
Total Credits 6
Domestic Rights and Justice
Select a minimum of 6 credits from the following: 6
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (Mason Core)  
Gender Representation in Popular Culture (Mason Core)  
INTS 438
Representations of Race (Mason Core)  
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World  
Total Credits 6
Global Rights and Justice
Select 6 credits from the following: 6
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)  
INTS 417
Human Trafficking and the International Community  
Refugees (Mason Core)  
CONF 394
Human Rights and Inequality  
Human Rights and Justice  
Stories of Gender, Race, and Social Action  
Total Credits 6
Environmental and Ecological Justice
INTS 334 Environmental Justice (Mason Core) 3-4
or INTS 338 Animal Rights and Humane Education
Total Credits 3-4
Activism and Social Change
Select 7-8 credits from the following: 7-8
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)  
Art as Social Action (Mason Core)  
Social Justice Education (Mason Core)  
Special Topics  
Social Movements and Political Protest  
Total Credits 7-8
Electives
Select 9 credits from the following: 9
Any course chosen from the above categories not already taken to meet a concentration requirement
 
Special Topics in African and African American Studies (when topic is relevant with prior written approval of advisor)  
Scientific Racism and Human Variation  
Environment and Culture  
Gender, Sexuality, and Culture  
Gender, Race, and Class in the Media  
Globalization and Culture  
EDUC 203
Disability in American Culture (Mason Core)  
EVPP 436
The Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change  
Multilingualism, Identity, and Power (Mason Core)  
GOVT 445
Human Rights  
HIST 337
Race and Gender in American Sports  
Basketball and the American Experience  
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)  
Sustainable World (Mason Core)  
Law and Justice (Mason Core)  
Argument and Advocacy  
Conflict Resolution and Transformation  
Violence and Gender  
Spirituality and Conflict Transformation (Mason Core)  
Introduction to Childhood Studies (Mason Core)  
Construction of Differences: Race, Class, and Gender (Mason Core)  
Neighborhood, Community, and Identity (Mason Core)  
Leadership in a Changing Environment  
INTS 437
Critical Race Studies (Mason Core)  
Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core)  
Social Movements and Political Protest  
Contemporary Gender Relations  
Globalization and Social Change (Mason Core)  
Social Inequality (Mason Core)  
Education in Contemporary Society  
Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (Mason Core)  
Women and Work  
Queer Theory  
other relevant course with prior written approval of advisor
 
Total Credits 9

Social Science for Education (SSED)

ECON 103 Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core) 3
ECON 104 Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles (Mason Core) 3
GGS 102 Physical Geography (Mason Core) 3
GOVT 103 Introduction to American Government (Mason Core) 3
HIST 121 Formation of the American Republic (Mason Core) 3
HIST 125 Introduction to World History (Mason Core) 3
Select one from the following: 3
History of Virginia to 1800  
History of Virginia Since 1800  
Development of Modern America (Mason Core)  
Select 9 credits of upper-division HIST coursework 9
Select 6 credits of GGS coursework 6
Select 15 credits from the following: 15
 
Argument and Advocacy  
An Experiential Approach to American Foreign Policy  
Total Credits 51

Women and Gender Studies Concentration (WGST)

WMST 200 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (Mason Core) 3
WMST 330 Theoretical Perspectives in Women and Gender Studies 3
WMST 410 Feminist Approaches to Social Research 3
Sexuality Studies  
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Queer Theory  
Current Issues in Women and Gender Studies 1  
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies 1  
Intersectionality  
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Social Inequality, Crime, and Justice  
Environmental Justice (Mason Core)  
Animal Rights and Humane Education  
Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)  
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)  
Ethical Issues in Global Health  
Social Inequality (Mason Core)  
Social Dynamics of Family Violence  
Activism and Advocacy  
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)  
Social Justice Consciousness and Personal Transformation  
Art as Social Action (Mason Core)  
INTS 417
Human Trafficking and the International Community  
Social Justice Education (Mason Core)  
Community Engagement for Social Change (Mason Core)  
Social Movements and Political Protest  
Black Social Movements: Gendering of Violence and Activism  
Special topics courses with advisor approval
 
History and Culture  
Select one course from the following: 3-6
Gender, Sexuality, and Culture  
HIST 337
Race and Gender in American Sports  
U.S. Women's History  
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)  
Violence and Gender  
Temptress: Constructs of Sex and Power  
Philosophy, Sex, and Gender  
Women in the World's Religions  
Women and Work  
Women During the Enslavement Era  
WMST 316
Gendered Pan-Africanism  
Identity  
Select one course from the following: 3-6
Special Topics in African and African American Studies  
Gender, Race, and Class in the Media  
GOVT 414
Politics of Race and Gender  
HIST 337
Race and Gender in American Sports  
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)  
Construction of Differences: Race, Class, and Gender (Mason Core)  
Gender Representation in Popular Culture (Mason Core)  
INTS 437
Critical Race Studies (Mason Core)  
INTS 438
Representations of Race (Mason Core)  
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World  
Gender and Violence in Social Institutions  
Special topics courses with advisor approval
 
Electives  
Select three courses from the following: 9-11
Asian American Women Writers (Mason Core)  
Topics in Communication and Gender  
Topics: Women and Literature  
Cultural Constructions of Sexualities  
HEAL 327
Women's Health  
Images and Experiences of Childhood: Social Construct, Literature, and Film  
Issues in Family Relationships (Mason Core)  
Contemporary Youth Studies (Mason Core)  
Parent-Child Relations (Mason Core)  
Women and Leadership  
Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core)  
Topics in Environmental Philosophy (Mason Core)  
Psychology of Gender  
Contemporary Gender Relations  
THR 424
Contemporary Women Playwrights  
TOUR 311
Women and Tourism (Mason Core)  
 
Courses in above areas not already taken
 
Special Topics 2  
Feminist Approaches to Social Research 2  
Feminist Theories across the Disciplines 2  
Transnational and Global Feminisms 2  
Total Credits 33-44
1

 Various special topics courses with the approval of the undergraduate advisor.

2

Six credits of WMST 600 Special Topics, WMST 610 Feminist Approaches to Social Research, WMST 630 Feminist Theories across the Disciplines, or WMST 640 Transnational and Global Feminisms may apply to elective requirement for students accepted into the accelerated master's degree in interdisciplinary studies (MAIS) with a concentration in women and gender studes.

Individualized Concentration (IND)

With approval of the executive director, students may construct an individualized concentration. 30
Total Credits 30

Additional Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120.

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