Established in 1999, the Center for Integrative Studies (CIS) continues St. Olaf’s long-standing commitment to providing opportunities for students to make meaningful connections among the many parts of their college careers, and to emphasizing the links between students’ academic studies and experiences on campus and in other communities.
In the CIS “integrative studies” refers to the intentional combination of diverse methodologies, experiences, subject matters, learning styles, and resources. Individual students may use integrative studies to develop an individual major that satisfies their educational goals.
Sydney Mason ’16 (English Language Learners in the Elementary Classroom) wanted to combine her passions for language and working with children. St. Olaf’s Center for Integrative Studies (CIS) allowed her to create a major that expanded and enhanced these respective studies of education. Mason paired her major with a concentration in educational studies. By the time she graduates she will also have an ELL license, which allows her to teach English language learners in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Elisabeth Sepulveda ’16 (Cognition, Problem Solving, and Education) worked on identifying assessment methods for informal science learning environments for the Science Alliance’s after-school programs through St. Olaf’s Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) program. She has built on this research by improving the science curriculum and assessment used by the Science Alliance. Currently, Sepulveda is also developing a web resource for secondary and higher education teachers that gathers critical thinking activities and assessments and provides links to research on critical thinking.
Griffin Edwards ‘17 (International Development) researched the relationship between the Russian government and six relatively new theaters in Moscow in the summer of 2015 through St. Olaf’s Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) program. He traveled with three other students, and upon their return to St. Olaf, they co-authored a piece that provides background on understanding the six theaters.