North Seattle Community College's
 Integrated Studies (IS) Program
(linked & coordinated studies courses)

For NSCC Faculty, Administrator, and Staff Use

"Interdisciplinary understanding is the capacity to integrate knowledge and modes of thinking in two or more disciplines
 to produce a cognitive advancement -- e.g., explaining a phenomenon, solving a problem, creating a product, raising a new question --
in ways that would have been unlikely through single disciplinary means"
(Veronica Boix-Mansilla, Project Zero, Harvard, 2004).

Integrated Studies Outcomes

Investigate the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge through broad questions, issues or themes transcending single disciplines.

Connect learning across contexts (cognitive/affective, personal/public, school/life/career) by integrating sources from multiple viewpoints and fields.

Cultivate respect for divergent perspectives and a mutual responsibility for learning in a collaborative teaching and learning environment.

Exhibit critical thinking through recognition of the ambiguity inherent in the study of complex issues and ideas.

Demonstrate a developing sense of self as a learner, building on prior
experiences to respond to new and challenging contexts              

What is Integrative Learning?

What is Interdisciplinary Learning?

Archive of Annual Integrated Studies Schedules  

Integrated Studies NEW Program Application

Yearly Schedule Request for Previously Approved Programs

Check out: Sample Application / Sample Integrative Assignments

Yearly Master Schedule Priorities

Discussion Rubric for Scheduling Approved Courses

Checklist for new IS faculty


Program Review 2002

Program Review 2006
Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning Archive:
Assessments, Rubrics, Research Projects, 
Sustainability, Taxonomies,
Writings and Conversations

Link to Seminar Video
(Scroll down to North Seattle;
Click on "Seminar: A Skill Everyone Can Learn")

The Learning Community Difference -
A learning community is different from a stand-alone course in that students are more actively engaged in a collaborative learning environment and more responsible for their own learning. We encourage the development of a sense of community where students and faculty learn together. Since this is an integrated learning community the approach to instruction will be centered on team-teaching between the instructors, collaborative learning among the students, co-construction of interdisciplinary subject matter knowledge,
and integrative assessment activities.
-- Mt. Holyoke Community College (Jack Mino)

This website was last updated:12/17/2015