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General Education Integrative Studies

For specific information on the Integrative Studies requirements, please visit the Undergraduate Bulletin website.

*This General Education requirement applies only to students who began at Penn State starting in the summer of 2018 and after.*

Integrative Studies courses have a distinctive intellectual dimension. Because these courses ask the student to consider a topic from the perspective of two different General Education Knowledge Domains, they aim to advance the student’s ability to comprehend things from multiple perspectives, to see connections, and to grasp the concept that one must employ different modes of thinking, different epistemologies to understand more adequately the nature of things; one domain is not fully equal to the task of understanding the world around us. Each Linked Course provides sustained focus on a single Knowledge Domain, with connections to another course in a different Knowledge Domain; while each Inter-Domain course provides the immediacy of incorporating two Knowledge Domains in the same course. 

The following list of suggested courses are appropriate for Health Policy and Administration majors and pre-majors. Not all courses are offered at every campus or in every semester.

When choosing from this list of courses, please be careful to follow all University General Education requirements. The baccalaureate degree General Education program consists of 45 credits that are distributed among three General Education components:

  • Foundations courses in writing, speaking and quantification (15 credits)
  • Knowledge Domains in the Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences and Health and Wellness (30 credits)
  • Integrative Studies that bridges commonality and intersections between the Knowledge Domains
AED 355Q Show Me Where it Hurts: Healthcare and Creative  Inquiry 3
ANTH 45N Cultural Diversity: A Global Perspective 3
APLNG 220N Multilingual Lives: Stories of Language and Culture Learning 3
ASIA 106N Asian Traditions of Health, Medicine and the Body 3
BIOET 110N Health, Illness, and the Human Condition 3
BIOL 125N Society and Disease Management 3
BIOL 169N What it means to be human 3
CAS 101N Introduction to Human Communications 3
CAS 162N Communicating Care 3
CAS 208N Introduction to Managing Conflict and Bargaining 3
CAS 222N Foundations: Civic and Community Engagement 3
CAS 271N Intercultural Communication 3
COMM 175N Mental Illness and the Movies 3
COMM 222N Social Justice and the Image 3
CRIMJ 150N Safe and Sound: The Intersection of Criminal Justice and Public Health 3
CRIMJ 205N Critical Race Theory in the Humanities and Social Sciences 3
HDFS 249N Adult Development and Aging 3
HHD 200N Addiction Science to Society 3
HIST 114N Historical Perspectives on HealthCare Innovations 3
PHIL 120N Knowing Right from Wrong 3
PHIL 242N Happiness and Well-Being 3
PLSC 177N Politics and Government in Washington DC 1 to 3
SC 125N History of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology 3
LINKED COURSES - Students must take both courses to count
BMB 1Z and KINES 84Z The Science of Sickness AND Fitness for Life 6 credits total
HDFS 210Z and SOC 210Z or SOC 211Z Ethnicity, Health and Aging AND Social Determinants of Health OR Health Inequality: Understanding the Geographies of Life and Death 6 credits total