Integrative Studies

Focus on your interest, needs, and goals, while completing the degree you may have started somewhere else. Our Integrative Studies program was designed for non-traditional students who want to broaden and deepen their studies, beyond the framework of a traditional major.

Eight-week courses allow you to earn your degree faster, more affordably and still have time to enjoy life.Join a community committed to helping you succeed, and become the professional you aspire to be.

Our graduates work for the Army Contracting Command at the Rock Island Arsenal, Genesis Health Foundation, Scott Community College, and more.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Design Your Degree and Earn It Faster
  • Discounted Tuition
  • You Pick: Evening, Weekend, Online, or Hybrid Classes

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students in class

Our discussion-driven, adult learning environment will further develop your communication and leadership skills. You will be comfortable, challenged and grow while collaborating with peers and faculty who really care. Yes, at SAU you can design and finish your bachelor's degree in a supportive and accommodating environment.

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More Information on Integrative Studies

Where will I take classes?

Whether you work full-time or part-time, this program fits your schedule. Our eight-week courses are held once a week in the evening or on Saturday in Davenport; our hybrid courses are a mix of online and in-seat classroom lessons; you can take a course fully online; or attend traditional morning or afternoon classes on campus, too.

You pick the learning environment that works best for you. 

Tell me more about Integrative Studies

Our BA in Integrative Studies degree is flexible, offering you the opportunity to individualize a curriculum while meeting university standards and academic requirements. No major is required, but you can earn credits concentrated in one or more majors or minors while fulfilling your degree requirements.

In most cases, this degree can be earned through 8-week accelerated courses. You choose from evening, Saturday, hybrid, and online classes. However, some classes may not be available in the 8-week format. If so, you can enroll in a traditional, 16-week course. Our Academic Advisors can walk you through some 'Plan of Study' scenarios, based on your interests and goals for this degree.

If this isn't the right degree for you, we offer five more concentrated degree programs for adults. Click here to see the list.

Credit for Life Experiences? You bet!

Working adults bring a wealth of professional and personal life experiences into our classrooms. We value that experience and want to give credit where credit is due.

Through our Prior Learning Assessment Program, you can earn credit for your work and life experience. Military and LOMA courses may also be applied to help earn your degree faster. Contact an academic advisor to find out how your experiences and accomplishments can help you earn your degree faster.

If you've already completed some undergraduate coursework, or earned an associates degree, we give you credit for that, too. SAU accepts up to 90 credit hours from four-year colleges and universities, and up to 60 credit hours from two-year or community colleges. The total number of combined credits St. Ambrose will accept is 90 credit hours.

In order to complete the application process, request official transcripts from all of the colleges and universities you have attended to be sent to SAU.

For more information, contact Jeff Karll, at 563-333-5709 or email

How does SAU support the educational goals of the working adult?

   When you enroll at SAU, you join a community of active learners, people of all ages, backgrounds and goals. We support all of our students through focused resources and facilities, including:

  • Our main campus is centrally located in Davenport, near the north-south corridor of Brady Street and the east-west corridor of Locust Street.
  • Our faculty are not only experts, they are supportive and willing to meet with you and help. Just ask.
  • You get wireless internet throughout the main campus and in off-campus buildings, too.
  • Our Career Center staff will help you create a resume, do mock interviews, and give you access to a wealth of resources to help with a career search.
  • We have an amazing library. Check out the books you need for a project, or take advantage of online access (on or off campus) to hundreds of academic journals, articles and newspapers. Our resource librarians like to be asked for help, and are happy give you a lesson on how to access the online databases. Need to study in quiet or with classmates? Our library has individual and group student rooms.
  • Our Student Success Center provides free tutoring, paper and project review and guidance, and more. No need to call. Sign up for a one-on-one session online.     
Degree Requirements

A Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies requires 36 credit hours, and at least 15 of those must be earned at SAU. In addition, 18 credit hours must be earned in 300- or 400-level courses.

This major is very individualized to your interests and needs, but there are few degree requirements:

  • A primary advisor will guide you through design of your degree to the day you are handed your diploma.
  • You will complete an experiential learning component related your program of study, which could include an internship, study abroad, work, or volunteer experience. You will be required to complete a reflective analysis of the experience.
  • The semester you graduate, you will submit an Exit Portfolio to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The portfolio will demonstrate how you met all student learning outcomes.

Here is a list of the general education requirements and the number of credit hours required:

Written Communication - 3
Business and Professional Speaking - 3
College Algebra or Math for Business and Economics - 3
Information Literacy - 1
One multicultural course selected from any approved foreign language, international studies or multicultural course - 3
Wellness Concepts - 1
One kinesiology course (if taking a 3-credit natural science course, take an additional kinesiology course) - 1-2
One theology course - 3
One course from humanities, philosophy or theology at 300/400 level - 3
Business Ethics - 3
One humanities course at 300/400 level (other than philosophy or theology) - 3
One course from humanities at 300/400 level or natural sciences - 3
One art, music or theatre course - 3
One natural science course - 3-4

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

We want to help you finish your degree, so we offer adults in our accelerated program reduced tuition. Enroll as a part-time student, and you save more than $1,000 for every 3-credit course!

Tuition for each eight-week class is charged by the credit hour. Our discounted rate for part-time students (taking 1-11 credits) is $547* a credit hour. 

*Students attending ground based courses will incur and additional $60 per credit hour fee for online classes.

Once you are admitted to St. Ambrose (fully or conditionally) you are eligible for federal and state grants and student loans. You need to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will ask for the SAU Federal School Code, which is 001889. Iowa residents must file by July 1 to be eligible for the Iowa Tuition Grant.

Most grant, loan, and scholarship programs require you to maintain a minimum number of credit hours per semester. Here is a sampling of the minimum credit hours required:

  • Pell Grant - 1
  • Iowa Tuition Grant - 3
  • Federal Loans - 6
  • SAU academic scholarship - 12

Many of our adult students are working professionals whose educational goals are supported by their employers. Find out if your company offers tuition reimbursement, or other incentives, and let us know. We can defer your tuition payment until you are reimbursed. We also have agreements with several regional companies, and give their employees discounted tuition. Those companies include:

  • Genesis (SAU webpage for Genesis employees)
  • Trinity (SAU webpage for Trinity employees)
  • Deere & Company
  • Rock Island Arsenal
  • Mid-American Energy
  • TAS Group

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Davenport, IA 52803

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