Most members of the Washington and Jefferson College community embrace the idea of interdisciplinary study around a topic as its own reward. But there are several practical, career-oriented rewards to the Integrated Semester, as well. Since an integrated semester is an intensive rehearsal of liberal education—making connections between disparate realms—it may be an especially useful experience in your first semester at W&J if you happen to be an incoming freshman. As you plan your sophomore through senior years, the Integrated Semester may help you hone ideas for Magellan projects and internship opportunities. In the long-term, it may be helpful to you as you seek work. Employers seek out workers who know how to handle diversity and conflict in the workplace.
Those who successfully complete the Integrated Semester will receive a special notation on their transcript. Employers and graduate schools who look at transcripts will see that you had a special focus and completed extra work around an important topic.