Academic Program

Devid presenting his thesis poster.

Course Structure
YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4
Intro to the Academy: Disciplines and Integrative Practices (Core) The Social Nature of Knowledge (Core) The Museum Course: Research and Design (Core) Senior Research Project: Research and Planning (Core)
Intro to the Academy: Design and Problem Solving (Core) Nature of Scientific Knowledge (Core) The Museum Course: Practicum and Presentation (Core) Senior Research Project: Writing and Presentation (Core)
Critical Thinking (Breadth) The Museum Course: Field Trip (Core) 8 Electives (including remaining Breadth courses)
 
8 Electives (including remaining Breadth courses)
Public Speaking (Breadth) 8 Electives (including remaining Breadth courses)
6 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 each breadth course:

critical thinking 2 maths statistics

second language

(2 courses in same language)

public speaking 3 investigative sciences research design
computer science ethics English

Flexibility in your degree

You’ll personalize your degree by choosing 25 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:

consulting speech-language pathology philosophy
international relations science, technology & society animation
tech & software content strategy communication

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.

Collaborative Design Specialization

In your upper years, if you'd like to develop a concentration in design thinking, skills, and practice, you can take the Collaborative Design Specialization.  It is intended for Knowledge Integration students who want to gain greater knowledge and experience with design and real-world problem solving, beyond their core BKI courses.

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.