Nov 29, 2023  
2023-2024 Endicott College Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Endicott College Academic Catalog

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary with a Concentration in Integrative Health

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies is a 42-course, 126-credit degree. It is not designed to overlap with existing degrees but rather to provide qualified students with an academic program that meets their unique needs. Offering students flexibility, independence, and academic rigor, this option provides undergraduate adult learners with the opportunity to draw on the resources of the entire curriculum, across disciplines while building an academic focus in areas they find most important.

Concentration in Integrative Health

The Integrative Health Concentration is a 6 course, 18 credit concentration for students enrolled in BA Program in Interdisciplinary Studies or BS in Psychology or BS in Business Management.  This concentration focuses on issues relevant to individuals working in alternative health field, including midwifery, acupuncture, yoga therapy, massage and health coaching. Integrative health specialists often work in conjunction with the medical model to provide support, triage and lifestyle coaching to individuals who are seeking wellness. This concentration will give students writing, research and foundational skills on how to communicate about the role of stress, mindfulness, and health psychology to nurses, doctors and clinicians in the field. This interdisciplinary specialization will focus on the student’s ability to communicate and engage in critical thinking about health psychology, and the role of wellness on the individual and societal level. The below concentration courses will replace corresponding open elective credit requirements.

Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 126

Required Curriculum

World Cultures Course (3 Cr.)
Aesthetic Awareness & Creative Expression Course (3 Cr.)
Literary Perspectives Course  (3 Cr.)
Individual and Society Course  (3 Cr.)
Quantitative Reasoning Course (3 Cr.)
Values & Ethical Reasoning Course (3 Cr.)
Science & Technology Course (3 Cr.)
Global Issues Course  (3 Cr.)
World Language (6 Cr.)
General Education Electives (12 Cr.) 
Core Electives (Must be above 100 level) (6 Cr.)
Psychology or Sociology Elective (3 Cr.)
Philosophy or Religion Elective (3 Cr)
Political Science Elective (3 Cr.)
Science or Math Elective (3 Cr.)
History Elective (3 Cr.)
Political Science or IDS Elective (3 Cr.)
English Elective (3 Cr.)
American Studies or IDS Elective (3 Cr.)
Open Electives (7 Cr.)

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • Effectively communicate in writing and through oral communication.
  • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the concentration.
  • Recall and apply the basic foundational knowledge of educational studies as delivered through the Baccalaureate Core.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the field of education including the areas of historic and current trends, assessment, special needs, psychology and technology.
  • Design, execute and present a personal project, which synthesizes and applies, selected knowledge, skills and experiences appropriate to the students’ personal and professional goals and/or their chosen area of specialization.

In addition to fulfilling the outcomes of the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program, students completing the concentration in Integrative Health will:

  • Recall and apply the foundational knowledge of health psychology as it applies to integrative health.
  • ​Demonstrate the writing, critical thinking, research and presentation skills necessary to communicate across the integrative health field.
  • Understand processes that strengthen individual and community accountability and awareness of health disparities.
  • Recognize business conventions and opportunities within the integrative health field and execute projects that enhance the field.
  • Develop the self and interpersonal awareness necessary to build resilience in one’s self, community and work environments.