Academic program

Course Structure
The Art and Science of Learning Nature of Scientific Knowledge The Museum Course: Research and Design Senior Honours Project: Part A
Collaboration, Design Thinking and Problem Solving

The Social Nature of Knowledge

The Museum Course: Practicum and Presentation Senior Honours Project: Part B
Public Speaking The Museum Course: Field Trip Research Design and Methods 7 Electives (including remaining Breadth courses)
Critical Thinking 8 Electives (including remaining Breadth courses)
6 Electives (including remaining Breadth courses)   7 Electives (including remaining Breadth courses)

Knowledge Integration core courses

In your core courses, you’ll develop powerful skills in design thinking, problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration; and learn methods for integrating knowledge across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Then, you'll tackle hands-on design and research projects to practice knowledge integration as it applies to your many interests.

Breadth courses

A balanced foundation of scholarly tools and transferable skills from across campus, and you have a wide range of choices for most of your breadth courses:

  • 2 maths
  • 2 sciences
  • statistics
  • computer science
  • English
  • second language (2 courses in same language)
  • conflict management
  • ethics and social justice

Flexibility in your degree

You’ll personalize your degree by choosing 28 courses of particular interest to you, in subjects ranging from history to health studies, calculus to chemistry, ecology to economics. This will allow you to achieve depth, choice and balance in your studies.

In a typical year, KI students take over 300 different courses from 60 departments.

Here are examples of how some of our students customized their KI program to match their unique interests and goals:

The Museum course

The centrepiece of third year is The Museum Course, a design project course where you and a small group of classmates will design and build a museum exhibit -- traditional or interactive, textual or visual, tangible or virtual -- on a transdisciplinary topic of your choice.

The Museum Course begins with a field trip to a major museum city, and culminates in public talks and an exhibition of the projects. Past trips have taken students to Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, and Barcelona to experience the culture, traditions and unique experiences of the world’s greatest cities.

Customize your degree

KI students often choose to take minors and options from departments all across campus. And we have KI specializations in Collaborative Design and Science, Technology & Society.

In your final year, you'll complete a Senior Honours Project, where you'll research and develop a project such as a thesis, design project, or other significant work, forming the capstone of your KI undergraduate career.

KI Works

Looking to integrate your learning and work experience and develop professional skills and connections?

The KI Works program provides a structure for your summer job that does just that. And the EDGE experiential education certificate gives you an essential set of skills and the ability to make clear, confident connections between your experience and employer needs.

Coming to Knowledge Integration this fall?

We're glad you'll be joining the KI community! Please visit our first year KI students page for details about course selection, contact information for your KI undergraduate advisor, and other helpful information.