In the spirit of the innovative history of the University of Waterloo, the Department of Knowledge Integration provides a home and a context for a distinctive undergraduate degree, with a commitment to integrating knowledge across disciplines. Innovative solutions and groundbreaking research happen where disciplines – and researchers – cross boundaries.
The Bachelor of Knowledge Integration is a flexible and challenging transdisciplinary program for creative and diversely talented students.
The Knowledge Integration program offers students the opportunity to explore interests on both sides of the traditional arts and science divide, building their program around a core of skills that will equip them to understand and solve complex problems, communicate effectively, and be able to make a difference in and adapt to a changing and complex world.
While Knowledge Integration is not a formal co-op program, the optional KI Works program provides similar credentials and professional development for students who have their own relevant summer jobs.
Learn about the founding of our unique degree by visiting Education by Design: the KI Story.
High school enrichment
The Department of Knowledge Integration is host to the Shad program at the University of Waterloo. Shad is a summer enrichment experience for high school students from across Canada. Many of our faculty and staff are involved, along with some KI students!
Launched in November 2004 and the inspiration for the Bachelor of Knowledge Integration, Waterloo Unlimited was built upon the cornerstones of transdisciplinarity, intrinsic motivation, community, and self-enrichment. These values provided a framework for an enrichment experience like no other, bringing together students of exceptional promise from across the country throughout the school year. The program ended in May 2017, but the Unlimited spirit will persist.