The Integrated Graduate Studies Program (IGS) is intended for highly motivated undergraduate students who are candidates for the bachelor of arts (BA) and whose objective is a degree at the master’s or doctoral level. Qualified students may be admitted to graduate study for their senior year and pursue the simultaneous completion of requirements for both the master’s and bachelor’s degrees. The baccalaureate will normally be awarded upon completion of the requirements for both degrees, unless a student satisfies all BA requirements prior to completing the master’s degree requirements.
Students in the IGS Program are exempted from the 42-hour restriction imposed on BA candidates for work above the 100-level in a single department. However, the exemption is granted only upon completion of the master’s degree requirements. Eligibility requirements for participation in the Integrated Graduate Studies Program are:
- 90 semester hours earned of which the last 60 hours must have been in residence at Case Western Reserve University
- Completion of the SAGES General Education Requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and two semesters of physical education; students who have fulfilled all SAGES General Education Requirements except the Senior Capstone will be required to complete the capstone during their first year in the IGS program
- Completion of three quarters of the requirements for the major concentration, including three quarters of the courses required in the major department
- Admission to a master’s or doctoral program offered through the School of Graduate Studies
Upon admission to the program, IGS students register as students in the School of Graduate Studies and are subject to the policies, rules and regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. They may, however, continue to receive merit-based undergraduate scholarships and may continue to reside in undergraduate housing during what would normally be their senior year of undergraduate work.
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IGS in History
Students in the IGS program within the Department of History must:
1. Successfully complete HSTY 470: Historiography, Method and Theory;
2. Successfully complete six electives (18 units) chosen in consultation with an advisor (HSTY 476: Comparative History, strongly suggested);
3. Register for 12 credits of HSTY 651: Thesis Research; and
4. Successfully complete and defend a master’s thesis.