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Is SMU’s College of Integrative Studies a good choice?

Singapore Management University's new College of Integrative Studies will welcome its first intake of up to 100 students this year. (PHOTO: Singapore Management University)
The Straits Times
13 Feb 2023

As part of a three-week askST series on university education, The Straits Times addressed questions on the SMU College of Integrative Studies (CIS) and interdisciplinary learning. CIS will welcome this year its first intake of up to 100 students for the academic year starting August 2023. It will be open to all students applying for admission to SMU as undergraduates. CIS students will be allowed to defer choosing their degree until the end of their first year. This gives them a whole year to explore the range of disciplines available to them at SMU. CIS is also the only institution in Singapore giving students the option to individualise their majors with a selection from across the university’s entire suite of about 1,000 courses. SMU Dean of CIS and Professor of Political Science Elvin Lim shared what are some unusual combinations students can pick and the type of career CIS prepares them for. He also explained why interdisciplinary learning is imperative for the future.