Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies – Online (discontinued 2024/26)

UNDERGRADUATE 

This program will award final degrees in spring 2024 and officially come to a close. To explore our new undergraduate course offerings, learn more about our re-imagined Integrated Studies program.

The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies is designed for adult learners who want to build on their existing education and tailor their degree to match their personal and professional educational goals. Learners discover and engage with subjects across disciplines in a given area concentration, or combine their Arts & Sciences courses with professional studies. Students acquire the foundation for career development and life-long learning, honing skills in writing, deep reading, communication, and critical thinking. By approaching subjects across disciplines, learners consider and analyze issues using multiple lenses. They deepen their understanding of problems, test new approaches to challenges, and learn to solve issues creatively.

Fully-Online Option

At the School of Continuing & Professional Studies, we understand adult students may need more flexibility to work around busy schedules. We designed our Integrated Studies degree to be a flexible option for busy professionals. This fully interdisciplinary program enables maximum use of prior course work while offering flexibility for what works best for you: fully-online or in-person degree completion. 

Students interested in an on-campus or hybrid experience should visit the in-person Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies.

Admission Requirements
6 Units Of Transferable College-level Course Work
  • At least six units of transferable college-level course work; or 
  • at least six units of course work taken at CAPS and proof of high school completion, General Educational Development (GED) or High School Equivalency (HSE).
2.7 Minimum GPA

Note: CAPS is designed for students with adult responsibilities who may require part-time and flexible course schedules. Current high school students and recent graduates seeking a traditional WashU college experience should apply through the undergraduate admissions office: admissions.wustl.edu.

Application Requirements

Below is a list of requirements for an application to the undergraduate degree in Integrated Studies. Applications will be reviewed once all requirements are received.

Application Deadlines

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take three to five business days.  An application is incomplete and will not be reviewed until all of the application requirements have been received or processed.  Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:

  • Summer 2024: April 30, 2024
  • Fall 2024: July 31, 2024
  • Spring 2025: Dec. 31, 2024
Completed Application Form

The online application is available on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.

Transcripts

Official (issued directly from the college or WashU) or unofficial (student-issued) copies of transcripts from the three most recent years of college-level work. If you have fewer than six units of transferable credit or CAPS course work, then proof of high school completion, General Educational Development (GED) or High School Equivalency (HSE) must be submitted. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to the WashU School of Continuing & Professional Studies. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to washucaps@wustl.edu. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at paagnew@wustl.edu.

Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES), Spantran or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For Spantran evaluations, you must use this form

Personal Essay

Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to WashU School of Continuing & Professional Studies? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?

TOEFL/IELTS Scores (if applicable)

All international students are required to submit TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores at the time of application. The TOEFL iBT and IELTS may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:

  • Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
  • Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.

This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.

If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores are then required for admission. 

Changes to the English Language Proficiency Requirements (2022–23)
Effective March 23, 2022, if an applicant is unable to take the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS, they may document their efforts to take the tests, contact the CAPS Admissions, and request the Duolingo, TOEFL ITP Plus for China, or TOEFL iBT Home Edition as exceptions. 

International student application deadlines & fees

Additional TOEFL and IELTS information for international students adversely affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the CAPS International Student Information webpage.

US Citizenship or Eligible Noncitizen

International students interested in undergraduate programs must hold a visa that permits part-time study (including F-2 and J-2 visas).  Students holding  F-1 visas are not eligible for these programs.  Students holding a B-2 visa may be eligible if the coursework is recreational or avocational in nature.

Enrolling in WashU School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS)

We are here for you every step. Getting started at CAPS is easy.

1. Meet with an Advisor
2. Start Your Application
  • Applying is easy, and our advisors are here to help you find the path that fits your needs. Apply Today!
3. Plan Ahead

Take a course today. Apply later.

At CAPS, students can take courses without applying to a degree program. If you are interested in taking a class to get to know CAPS, to fulfill credits, for professional development, or to follow a passion, the non-degree option is for you. Learn more.

Course Work

All CAPS undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. Students in the BS in Integrated Studies choose from the Area Concentration track or the Arts & Sciences Professional track, each of which culminates in a capstone experience.

AREA CONCENTRATION TRACK

In the Area Concentration Track, students take course work across the humanities, social sciences, or mathematics and sciences, providing multiple perspectives and approaches to similar subjects. Learning how a variety of disciplines approach questions provides a foundation for appreciating differences across cultures, areas of work and life, and among individuals. Students acquire a range of tools for approaching problems and creating solutions.

Required Courses: 36 units
Complete 33 units in one area of concentration, choosing from humanities or social sciences. At least 18 units must be at the 300–400 level. 

Humanities Concentration (33 units)Social Science Concentration (33 units)
Classics
English Composition**
English Literature
French*
History
Italian*
Korean*
Philosophy
Spanish*
Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Anthropology
Economics
History
Political Science
Psychology
Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
* Foreign languages fulfill the Humanities Concentration of the Integrated Studies degree; foreign languages fulfill the Languages and the Arts distribution area for general education requirements.

**300-level and above

Capstone: 3 units
Complete a three-unit capstone essay, reflecting on the integration of a topic across fields within the chosen concentration.

ARTS & SCIENCES PROFESSIONAL TRACK

In the Arts & Sciences Professional track, students pair the critical thinking, research, and writing that are essential across multiple careers with a set of skills that advances their prospects in a particular profession.

Required Courses: 36 units

Area Concentration (18 units)
Students choose from humanities, social sciences, or mathematics and sciences. Courses must be at the 300–400 level. 

Professional Studies (15 units)
Students choose individual courses that best advance their goals, or focus on a given area. Professional studies courses are chosen from:  

Professional Studies coursesOptional Certificate
Business
Forensic Psychology
Clinical Research Management
Communications
Computers and Information Management
Geographic Information Systems
Human Resources Management **
Journalism
Nonprofit Management **
Sustainability
Students may focus on a given Professional Studies area and can earn the following certificates (15 units):
Business
Forensic Psychology
Marketing
** Undergraduates may take a maximum of nine units of 500-level (graduate-level) course work.

Capstone: 3 units 
Students reflect on, research, and develop a set of best practices in a chosen profession.

Sample Courses (Area Concentration Track)

HUMANITIES

  • U11 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 317M – FICTION WRITING
  • U16 HISTORY 3638 – DEBATING US HISTORY: MUSEUMS, MONUMENTS AND PUBLIC MEMORY
  • U27 SPANISH 339 – SURVEY OF CARIBBEAN CULTURES: CUBA, THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, AND PUERTO RICO

SOCIAL SCIENCE

  • U09 PSYCHOLOGY 365 – LEARNING AND MEMORY
  • U25 POLITICAL SCIENCE 3191 – TOPICS IN AMERICAN POLITICS: RACE AND ETHNICITY
  • U69 ANTHROPOLOGY 3102 – BLOOD FEUDS AND BATTLEFIELDS: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF WARFARE AND CONFLICT
     

MATHEMATICS & SCIENCE

  • U29 BIOLOGY 413 – ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: REGIONAL AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
  • U29 BIOLOGY 435 – NEUROBIOLOGY
  • U29 BIOLOGY 463 – GLOBAL HEALTH ISSUES
Sample Courses (Arts & Sciences Professional Track, Professional Studies Courses)

(Area concentrations can be selected from the above lists)

  • U44 BUSINESS 3050 – MARKET RESEARCH AND COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIES
  • U48 COMMUNICATIONS 350 – PUBLIC RELATIONS PRINCIPLES AND SOCIAL MEDIA
  • U09 FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY 377 – INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
  • U76 NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT 470 – GRANTWRITING

Student Success Navigators

Every CAPS student is paired with a Student Success Navigator at the time of admission to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • individual appointments with an experienced Student Success Navigator;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.

HOURS
Student Success Navigators are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.