520 O’Dowd (248) 370-3229
Director: Scott L. Crabill, special instructor, Communication and Journalism
Faculty Council for Integrative Studies: Deborah Blair, assistant professor, Music Education; Thomas Blume, associate professor, Education; Jacob Cayanus, assistant professor, Communication; Douglas Creighton, assistant professor, Physical Therapy; Michael Long, associate professor, Human Resource Development; Jerry Marsh, special instructor, Computer Science; Mildred Merz, associate professor, Kresge Library; Kevin Murphy, professor, Economics; Barbara Penprase, associate professor, Nursing; Subbaiah Perla, professor, Mathematics and Statistics; Ann Pogany, assistant professor, Kresge Library; Marilyn Beim, student; Sandy Nickerson, student
The Bachelor of Integrative Studies degree (B.I.S.) (formerly the Bachelor of General Studies) is a university-wide baccalaureate program that offers maximum flexibility and opportunity for student decision making about courses of study at Oakland University. The degree is primarily intended for students wishing to create a program to meet their individual goals by integrating courses of study from across the university.
Students entering the Integrative Studies program design a course of study utilizing courses from many departments to prepare them for a particular job or career choice. Students may select courses from any field of study offered by an academic department, subject to prerequisites and policies set by the individual departments. This program offers students the opportunity to plan a unique and challenging academic program in cooperation with an Integrative Studies faculty mentor.
Students changing their majors to Integrative Studies must meet the program requirements described in the catalog extant at the time of the change, or they may meet program requirements described in a subsequent catalog. Any catalog that students are following must not be more than six years old at the time of graduation.
Frequently, students seeking the degree have earned academic credits from other colleges or universities and have been encouraged by their employers to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The Integrative Studies program has flexible policies on transfer credits from other institutions, and it provides a personalized program to meet the educational needs of individuals.
Students applying to the Integrative Studies program are first admitted to pre-Integrative Studies status. Students will be granted major standing upon approval of their plan of study and application essay by the Integrative Studies Admissions Committee.
The Integrative Studies program is administered by the Department of Integrative Studies, 520 O’Dowd Hall, (248) 370-3229, www.oakland.edu/bis.
Because the Bachelor of Integrative Studies is an alternative to a traditional degree, it is not permissible to seek a double degree with the Bachelor of Integrative Studies serving as one of those degrees.