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.

Policies

Students must fulfill all Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees including the Mason Core. 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). Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses applied to the major. 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.

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Banner Code: LA-BA-INTS

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.

Childhood Studies (CHDS)

Students complete the following coursework:

Seven Required Courses (minimum of 23 credits)
INTS 312Images and Experiences of Childhood: Social Construct, Literature, and Film3-6
INTS 316Introduction to Childhood Studies4
INTS 317Issues in Family Relationships4
PSYC 100Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core)3
PSYC 211Developmental Psychology (Mason Core)3
PSYC 313Child Development3
STAT 250Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)3-4
or SOCI 313 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Mason Core)
Total Credits23-27
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
Interventions for Populations and Communities at Risk
Introduction to Community Studies
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Violence and Gender
Contemporary Youth Studies
Construction of Differences: Race, Class, and Gender
Parent-Child Relations
The Nonprofit Sector
Introduction to Nutrition (Mason Core)
Strategies for Nutrition Education
Community Nutrition
Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle
Nutrition and Chronic Illnesses
Nutrition and Weight Management: Obesity, Anorexia, and Bulimia
Adolescent Development
Personality Theory
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Gender
Child and Family Welfare
Sociology of Delinquency
Youth Culture and Society
other relevant courses with approval of advisor
Total Credits9-18

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 210) or proficiency testing.

Foundational Courses
INTS 303Introduction to International Studies3
INTS 362Social Justice and Human Rights3
INTS 435Leadership in a Changing Environment4
Total Credits10
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 Credits3
Geography
Select one course from the following:3
Global Environmental Hazards
Geography of Resource Conservation (Mason Core)
Population Geography (Mason Core)
Economic Geography
Total Credits3
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)
Social Structure and Globalization (Mason Core)
Total Credits3
Sustainability
Select one course from the following:3-6
Sustainable World
Environmental Justice
Conservation Biology
Plants and People - Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability
Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core)
Total Credits3-6
Politics
Select one course from the following:3
Political Anthropology (Mason Core)
Political Geography
International Relations Theory
An Experiential Approach to American Foreign Policy
Total Credits3
Social Action and Conflict Transformation
Select one course from the following:3-6
Law and Justice
Argument and Advocacy
Social Movements and Community Activism
Conflict, Trauma and Healing
Spirituality and Conflict Transformation
Refugee and Internal Displacement
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World
Total Credits3-6
Creative Arts
Select one course from the following:3-4
World Dance (Mason Core)
Global Perspectives: World Dance Forms (Mason Core)
Global Voices (Mason Core)
The Idea of a World Literature (Mason Core)
World Literatures in English
Musics of the World (Mason Core)
Art as Social Action
Art, Beauty, and Culture (Students take 3 credits.)
World Stages (Mason Core)
Total Credits3-4
Electives
Select three electives 19-12
Total Credits9-12
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 204Leadership Theory and Practice3
INTS 435Leadership in a Changing Environment4
Total Credits7
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
Health and Wellness Choices
Science of Well Being
Total Credits3-4
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 Credits3-4
Additional Course

Understanding team and organizational learning

Select one from the following:3-4
Work Effectiveness Skills
The Nonprofit Sector
Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy
People and Organizations
Social Psychology (Mason Core)
Total Credits3-4
Additional Course

Demonstrating competence in personal and professional communication

Select one from the following:3-4
Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills
Small Group Communication
Issues in Intercultural Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Managing Information in a Global Economy
Introduction to Business Information Systems
Introduction to Business Information Systems (Mason Core)
Total Credits3-4
Additional Courses
Select four courses from the following:12-18
Survey of Accounting
Financial Accounting and Managerial Decision Making
Accounting for Decision Making
Legal Environment of Business
Business Analytics I
Develop Professional Skills II: Advanced Elements
Business Analytics II
Financial Management
Social Movements and Community Activism
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
The Nonprofit Sector
Work Effectiveness Skills
Principles of Fund Raising
People and Organizations
Introduction to Business Information Systems (Mason Core)
Principles of Marketing
Statistical Analysis for Management
Operations Management
Social Psychology (Mason Core)
The Future of Work
Business Models: A Communication Approach
MBUS - any course
Other relevant courses with approval of advisor
Total Credits12-18

Legal Studies (LGLS)

Required Courses
INTS 202Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills4
GOVT 103Introduction to American Government (Mason Core)3
PHIL 173Logic and Critical Thinking3
INTS 300Law and Justice3
GOVT 301Public Law and the Judicial Process3
PHIL 311Philosophy of Law3
BULE 303Legal Environment of Business3
Total Credits22
Additional Course
Select one from the following:3
Law and Society
Constitutional Interpretation
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
Law and Ethics of War
International Law and Organization
Administrative Law and Procedures
Constitutional Law: Criminal Process and Rights
Total Credits3
Additional Courses 
Select three courses from the following:9-16
Any undergraduate CRIM course
Any CONF course
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
Legislative Behavior
American Political Thought
Leadership Theory and Practice
Social Movements and Community Activism
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Ethics, Communication, and Freedom
Social Justice and Human Rights
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US
Refugee and Internal Displacement
Work Effectiveness Skills
Bioethics (Mason Core)
Criminology
Sociology of Delinquency
Prevention and Deterrence of Crime
Other relevant courses with approval of advisor
Total Credits9-16

Liberal Arts for the Teaching Professions (LATP)

9 credits of ENGH, including ENGH 101 or ENGH 302 and one literature course9
3 credits of oral communication3
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 coursework3
3 credits of U.S. history3
3 credits of GGS3
3 credits of American government (GOVT 103 or 304)3
3 credits of HIST 100 or HIST 1253
3 credits of ARTH, AVT, MUSI, or THR coursework3
3 credits of PHIL, RELI, or FRLN coursework3
Minimum of 9 credits of EDCI, ECED, EDUC, EDLE, EDSE, or EDRD coursework9
Total Credits66

Social Innovation (SINN)

Students complete a minimum of 33 credits of coursework.

Core Courses
INTS 203Inquiry for Action: Facilitating Change6
INTS 435Leadership in a Changing Environment4
Total Credits10
Social Impact
Select two social impact courses from the following:6-8
Social Movements and Community Activism
Environmental Justice
Art as Social Action
Leadership in a Changing Environment
Community Engagement for Social Change (Mason Core)
Social Problems and Solutions (Mason Core)
Social Inequality (Mason Core)
Total Credits6-8
Enterprise Course
Select two enterprise courses from the following:7-8
Arts Advocacy and Community
Social Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing a New Enterprise
Total Credits7-8
Policy Course
Select one policy course from the following:3-6
Administration in the Political System
Public Policy Making
Argument and Advocacy
Digital Futures
Food Systems and Policy
Social Justice Education
Social Movements and Political Protest
Power, Politics, and Society
Total Credits3-6
Nonprofit Course
Select one nonprofit course from the following:4
Nonprofit Financial Planning
The Nonprofit Sector
Principles of Fund Raising
Total Credits4
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 Credits3-4

Social Justice and Human Rights (SJHR)

Students complete the following coursework:

Core Courses
INTS 337Social Justice Consciousness and Personal Transformation3
INTS 362Social Justice and Human Rights3
Total Credits6
Domestic Rights and Justice
Select a minimum of 6 credits from the following:6
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US
Gender Representation in Popular Culture
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, and Queer Studies
Total Credits6
Global Rights and Justice
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Refugee and Internal Displacement
Refugees (Mason Core)
Human Rights and Inequality
Human Rights and Justice
Stories of Gender and Human Rights
Total Credits6
Environmental and Ecological Justice
INTS 334Environmental Justice3-4
or INTS 338 Animal Rights and Humane Education
Total Credits3-4
Activism and Social Change
Select 7-8 credits from the following:7-8
Social Movements and Community Activism
Art as Social Action
Social Justice Education
Special Topics
Social Movements and Political Protest
Total Credits7-8
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)
Human Variation
Environment and Culture
Gender, Sexuality, and Culture
Gender, Race, and Class in the Media
Globalization and Culture
Disability in American Culture (Mason Core)
The Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change
Multilingualism, Identity, and Power (Mason Core)
Violence in Today's Society
Human Rights
Race and Gender in American Sports
Basketball and the American Experience
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)
Sustainable World
Law and Justice
Argument and Advocacy
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Violence and Gender
Spirituality and Conflict Transformation
Introduction to Childhood Studies
Construction of Differences: Race, Class, and Gender
Leadership in a Changing Environment
Neighborhood, Community, and Identity
Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core)
Social Movements and Political Protest
Contemporary Gender Relations
Social Structure and Globalization (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 Credits9

Social Science for Education (SSED)

ECON 103Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)3
ECON 104Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles (Mason Core)3
GGS 102Physical Geography (Mason Core)3
GOVT 103Introduction to American Government (Mason Core)3
HIST 121Formation of the American Republic (Mason Core)3
HIST 125Introduction 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 coursework9
Select 6 credits of GGS coursework6
Select 15 credits from the following:15
any GOVT course
Argument and Advocacy
An Experiential Approach to American Foreign Policy
Total Credits51

Women and Gender Studies Concentration (WGST)

WMST 200Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (Mason Core)3
WMST 330Theoretical Perspectives in Women and Gender Studies3
WMST 410Feminist Approaches to Social Research3
Sexuality Studies
Select one course from the following:3-4
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, and Queer Studies
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
Animal Rights and Humane Education
Social Justice and Human Rights
Refugee and Internal Displacement
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
Social Justice Consciousness and Personal Transformation
Art as Social Action
Human Trafficking and the International Community
Social Justice Education
Community Engagement for Social Change (Mason Core)
Social Movements and Political Protest
Black Social Movements: Gendering of Violence and Activism
Gender, Trauma, and Recovery
Special topics courses with advisor approval
History and Culture
Select one course from the following:3-6
Gender, Sexuality, and Culture
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
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
Politics of Race and Gender
Race and Gender in American Sports
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)
Construction of Differences: Race, Class, and Gender
Gender Representation in Popular Culture
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 in Communication and Gender
Topics: Women and Literature
Cultural Constructions of Sexualities
Women's Health
Images and Experiences of Childhood: Social Construct, Literature, and Film
Issues in Family Relationships
Contemporary Youth Studies
Parent-Child Relations
Women and Leadership
Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core)
Topics in Environmental Philosophy (Mason Core)
Psychology of Gender
Contemporary Gender Relations
Contemporary Women Playwrights
Women and Tourism (Mason Core)
Psychology of Women
Stories of Gender and Human Rights
Current Issues in Women and Gender Studies
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies
Courses in above areas not already taken
Special Topics 2
Feminist Approaches to Social Research 2
Feminist Theories across the Disciplines 2
Women and Global Issues 2
Total Credits33-44
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 Women and Global Issues 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 Credits30

Additional Electives

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

The accelerated master's programs in the list below specify the BA in integrative studies as a feeder degree for their programs. It is important to note, however, that many accelerated master's programs are available for any bachelor's degree at Mason, including this one. See the full list of master's degrees with accelerated programs at George Mason.

Integrative Studies, BA (Social Science for Education Concentration)/Curriculum and Instruction, Accelerated MEd (Secondary Education History and Social Science Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified Mason undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's option and obtain both a BA in Integrative Studies (concentration in social science for education) and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction (concentration in secondary education history and social science) in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of 149 credits. See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree for policies related to this program.

This accelerated option is offered jointly by the School of Integrative Studies and the Graduate School of Education.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies. For information specific to this accelerated master's program, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Accelerated Option Requirements

Students complete the following courses in their senior year:

Senior
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDCI 5673EDCI 6673
EDUC 6723EDRD 6193
 6 6
Total Credits 12

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students are able to apply two of the courses listed above to both the bachelor's and master's degrees. These courses are considered advanced standing for the MEd. A minimum grade of B must be earned to be eligible to count as advanced standing. The other two courses are taken as reserve graduate credit and do not apply to the undergraduate degree. Early in their final undergraduate semester, students must submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form to the CEHD Admissions Office and specify which of the four courses are to be designated as advanced standing and reserve graduate credit.

Bachelor's Degree (selected)/Interdisciplinary Studies, Accelerated MAIS (Social Justice and Human Rights Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in select majors (listed below) may apply to the accelerated master's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in social justice and human rights. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn an undergraduate degree in their chosen major and a master's in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in social justice and human rights after satisfactory completion of 150 credits, sometimes within five years.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Selected Majors

Anthropology, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Sociology, English, History, Philosophy, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Psychology, Government and International Politics, Integrative Studies, and Communication.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the accelerated MAIS, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental web site.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete INTS 540 Contemporary Issues in Social Justice Human Rights and one course chosen from the list of electives for the MAIS concentration in social justice and human rights as indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all course work. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit (chosen from the list of electives for the MAIS concentration in social justice and human rights). These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. The ability to take courses for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the program. Permission to take a graduate course for reserve graduate credit is normally granted only to Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates.

Select up to 6 credits from the list of electives for the MAIS concentration in social justice and human rights6
Total Credits6