Welcome to The School of Integrative Studies at Edgewood College

On behalf of School of Integrative Studies (SoIS) faculty and staff, it is my honor to welcome you to our diverse array of programs designed to enrich your Edgewood experience.  For the past decade, SoIS has collaborated across campus and in the community to enact our mission of developing creative, intellectually-engaged, and ethical problem-solvers through inquiry and action for social justice and the public good.

We believe that to be successful in today’s society, students need interdisciplinary knowledge, skills, and experience that prepare them to professionally and personally make a difference in an increasingly complex world and interconnected world.  Considering issues from multiple perspectives, learning to thrive in cross-cultural contexts, and linking ideas to action are among the integrative experiences that students can expect from a SoIS program.

SoIS shepherds over 14 programs and initiatives across campus, and crosses paths with virtually every undergraduate student at Edgewood through our interdisciplinary majors and minors, centers, enrichment opportunities, COR General Education curriculum, and civic engagement programs.  Our graduate program in Sustainability Leadership cultivates the capacity to develop healthier, more resilient organizations and communities.

What is distinctive about SoIS is that all of our programs promote the study, reflect, act cycle known as the Dominican studium in fulfillment of Edgewood’s promise to help students connect learning, beliefs, and action.  So whether you are studying abroad; adding a minor like Environmental, Ethnic, Global, or Women’s and Gender Studies; or participating in the Honors Program, an emphasis will be on exploring important social and ethical issues of our time, and developing skills for participation in meaningful and informed community action.

We look forward to supporting the ways in which you will make a difference at Edgewood College!

Kristin Mickelson

Sincerely, Kristine M. Mickelson, PhD
Dean, The School of Integrative Studies