- Category: About the Program
What Degree Do the Students Earn?
The Integral Program offers its own bachelor's degree, which is granted upon successful completion of the eight seminars, eight mathematics tutorials, eight language tutorials, 4 laboratories, music tutorial and senior essay. Completion of the first 2 years of the Integral Program fulfills the College's general education requirements, with the exception of English and 2 January Term courses. Each Integral course is a prerequisite for later courses, making it impossible to join the Program later than freshman year. In extraordinary cases a remedial course in January Term may be taken to allow a freshman to enter the Program in February.
Some Integral students pursue an additional major or minor, which must be chosen from a limited selection of programs and usually requires carrying more than a 4 -course load. Integral students usually begin pre-professional studies after graduation.
What can You Do with an Integral Degree?
Integral students have the ability and the confidence to think clearly, incisively and creatively, work independently, read carefully and analytically, and express themselves coherently. They're versed in a wide range of literary and technical topics, and are at home in fields involving language, mathematics, science and more. The Program's unique educational experience results in a strong foundation for graduate work and professional careers. Our graduates are successful in a broad spectrum of occupations, including business, medicine, education, law and any other vocation that values careful thinking and powerful discourse.
What are Some of Our Alumni Doing?
Five Alumni from the Class of '92
- Carrie Coughlin always wanted to practice law, was advised to follow the Integral Liberal Arts Curriculum, received her J.D. from the University of Colorado at Denver and now is a Deputy District Attorney. "I am incredibly grateful; Integral was perfect for law school because we read so much and we argued everything."
- Tracie Hajdukovich got into the Program because she didn't want to specialize and feel limited. She now works as Director of Marketing in the family business. She says her education prepared her to think about whatever comes across her desk.
- Denise Korte did a year of volunteer teaching in Harlem and after a variety of jobs has returned to teaching: 4th graders in South Central Los Angeles, where the school district is paying her to get her credential. "Integral is far beyond what you can do with it; to be successful at a job you have first to be a whole person. Integral helps; what you learn is always with you."
- Tom McDermott went to Forestry School for a year, taught English in Mexico for awhile, and works now in the Traffic Department of an automotive supplier, where he is one of few without an accounting or transportation degree. He is applying to pursue an M.A. in Spanish.
- Maureen McWeeney took Chemistry and Biology after graduation, then breezed through the Masters in Public Health program at CSU Long Beach. She works as a breast cancer educator in an innovative pilot program. "My education is my best asset; I always want to understand things from their beginnings, to see the whole picture. I feel blessed by my education and have never had to envy anyone else's."
Go to the Alumni section to see other examples of what our graduates are doing