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Integrative Studies Program

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Keene State believes in the value of a liberal arts education—that the best way we can prepare you for the future is to teach you to think critically and creatively, to communicate effectively, and to experience the connections between the different branches of knowledge. Yes, you’ll develop the skills you need to be proficient in your major, but you’ll also understand how those skills are connected by studying the arts and the sciences. That way, if the specific skills you learn, or the career you’ve prepared for, become replaced by something new down the road, you’ll have the flexibility and creativity to adapt to a changing world.


Program Overview

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Every Keene State College student is required to complete a total of 40 ISP credits, including a minimum of two courses (eight credits) in residence at the 300 or 400 level. More about Program Overview

Foundations

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Students begin with introductory courses in Integrative Thinking and Writing (ITW) and Integrative Quantitative Literacy (IQL) and move on to ISP courses within specific disciplines or to interdisciplinary subjects. More about Foundations

Perspectives

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The Perspectives component of the ISP consists of courses in the arts and sciences (arts, humanities, social and natural sciences). More about Perspectives

Interdisciplinary

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Courses taught in the Integrative Studies Program under the II-prefix provide students and faculty with opportunities to approach complex questions and discuss difficult subjects from an interdisciplinary perspective. More about Interdisciplinary


Overarching Themes of ISP

You’ll develop an understanding of and an appreciation for (and may even develop a passion for!) a number of social issues, including diversity, ethics, global issues, and the interplay of the environment and society. More about Overarching Themes of ISP


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Integrative Studies Program

Elisabeth Roos
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603-358-2161

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"We see that students are developing stronger skills in writing, are more challenged and more confident in their ability to meet new challenges, and are getting a better sense of what is happening in the world around them."

Dr. Gordon Leversee
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