The primary focus of the Integral Studies Program is to provide the student with the opportunity to take either a multi-disciplinary or specialized approach to the study of the human condition and experience that includes body, mind, and spirit. The curriculum of the Integral Studies Program provides a grounding in science, natural science, research methods, philosophy, psychology, and religion, the emphasis depending on the chosen by the student. With this basic foundation, the student is encouraged to undertake either qualitative or quantitative research into the nature and breadth of human experience.

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The program is designed primarily as a Bachelor’s completion degree. Ideally, students will come with their General Education or Lower Level units completed, although we will offer these courses if a demand occurs. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Integral Studies is designed to provide undergraduate level instruction from an integral view combining mind, body, and spirit perspectives. Elective coursework allows students to follow a major area of interest within this field.

The program is intended for students wishing to embark on an academic career in integral studies with an emphasis in psychology, holistic health, or religious studies at the Institute. CIHS will determine how many courses and units a student can ultimately transfer to the B.A. in Integral Studies. 

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  • PLO 1: Understand diverse studies in the human sciences and articulate their transdisciplinary nature, including psychology, integral health, and consciousness studies [ILO 1, 5]

  • PLO 2: Explain empathic and formal communication informed by human interaction, scholarly sources, and basic qualitative and quantitative research [ILO 2, 5]

  • PLO 3: Compare philosophical and scientific paradigms that advance systematic approaches to wellbeing [ILO 3]

  • PLO 4: Identify and prioritize problems in the human sciences in an integrally informed manner [ILO 4]

To enter a bachelor’s degree completion program; an applicant must have a high school diploma and a minimum of 90-quarter units (60-semester units) and a maximum of 135-quarter units (90-semester units) from a regionally accredited college or university. 

One hundred eighty  (180) quarter units (120-semester units) are required to complete the Bachelor of Arts in Integral Studies. Students are required to take Core and Elective courses to complete at least 45-quarter units at CIHS. 

Transferred courses               minimum of 90 quarter units and a maximum of 135 quarter units (60 semester units)

Core courses at CIHS             20 quarter units

Elective courses at CIHS        25 quarter units

Total units                               180 quarter units

Courses completed with a grade of C or higher will be considered for transfer credit. A minimum of 90-quarter units (60-semester units) and a maximum of 135-quarter units (90-semester units) from a regionally accredited college or university will be transferred. Students must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. 

A minimum of 90-semester units (135-quarter units) of mainly general education courses must be completed including mathematics, writing, and oral communication. 

Upper-Division Courses - Courses will depend on transferred units or the program, and the majors (psychology, integral health, life physics, or religious studies), which the student has decided to follow. The categories include: Biosciences, Psychology or Spiritual and Philosophical Studies depending on the student’s major course area, and whether the student intends to continue in one of the CIHS graduate programs.

Graduate Linked Credits - this allows students who have progressed well in their studies and intend to proceed to earn an M.A. degree at CIHS. It gives students an opportunity to link bachelor's and master’s degree courses where graduate and undergraduate studies are compatible, and the student’s course work is of an adequate standard. 

Core Curriculum

  • BIS 200 Fundamental Academic Writing Skills for the Human Sciences (5 units)

  • BIS 201 Introduction to Integral Studies (5 units)

  • BIS 202 Introduction to Consciousness Studies (5 units)

  • BIS 203 Senior Project (5 units)

Sample Elective Courses

  • BIS 205 Critical Thinking (5 units)

  • BIS 206 Integral Perspectives on Health (5 units)

  • BIS 303 Introduction to Communication and Counseling (5 units) 

  • BIS 307 The Study of Personality (5 units)

  • BIS 308 Human Sexuality (5 units)

  • BIS 309 Human Development and Archetypes (5 units)

  • BIS 317 Professional Ethics (5 units)

  • BIS 318 Introduction to Substance Abuse (5 units)

  • BIS 322 Psychology of Mind Body Energy (5 units)

  • BIS 325 Social and Cultural Influences (5 units)

  • BIS 333 Introduction to Energy Psychology (5 units)

  • BIS 364 Transpersonal Psychology (5 units)