Senior Integrated Project

The Senior Integrated Project (SIP) is a College requirement usually completed in the major department, although it may be completed in any department of the College with the approval of that department and the assignment of an adviser in that department. Each department sets its own requirements for SIPs done within the department, including the range of acceptable projects, the required academic background of students doing projects, the format of the SIP, and the expected scope and depth of projects. This handbook outlines the SIPs offered in the Department of Economics and Business. Only students majoring in Economics and Business are allowed to do a SIP in the department.

To write a SIP in the Department of Economics and Business, you have to be a department major in good standing and successfully complete a SIP proposal (see Department SIP Moodle page).

The Department of Economics and Business offers three different SIP options:


Option #1: Traditional SIP

To write a Traditional SIP, you must…
• Have a research idea that you wish to pursue.
• Write a brief proposal that allows a professor in the department to evaluate your proposal and the likelihood of success (see Department SIP Moodle page).
• Proposal must be uploaded to Moodle by 8th Week Spring of Junior year Obtain approval from a department professor who also agrees to work with you.
• Write a SIP that adheres to the guidelines outlined in this handbook.
• Complete your SIP by the end of the Fall quarter, Senior year.

The Traditional SIP option gives you the opportunity to earn SIP honors in the department.


Option #2: Extend/Expand a course paper into a SIP

To expand a course paper into a SIP, you must…
• Have been enrolled in a department course that required a course/term paper.
• Have discussed the possibility of expanding a course/term paper into a SIP with the course instructor. This option requires the approval of the course instructor. The number of term paper extensions for any course is limited to five.
• Write a brief proposal and obtain approval from the Department Chair (see Department SIP Moodle page). The proposal must include a plan for how you intend to expand the course paper into a SIP.
• The proposal must be uploaded to Moodle by 10th Week Spring of Junior year.
• Write a SIP that adheres to the guidelines outlined in this handbook.
• Complete your SIP by the end of the Fall quarter, Senior year.

The Course Paper Extension SIP option gives you the opportunity to earn SIP honors in the department.


Option #3: Experiential/Internship SIP

To pursue an experiential/internship SIP, you must…
• Have secured an internship and been provided a formal invitation/contract notice.
• Write a brief proposal and obtain approval from the Department Chair (see Department SIP Moodle page).
• The proposal must be uploaded to Moodle by 10th Week Spring of Junior year.
• Have visited the K College Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) to validate your internship/work experience.
• Complete your internship/work experience before the Fall quarter, Senior year.
• Upon completing your internship/work experience, you must complete the CCPD e-module devoted to reflecting on your internship experience.
• Upon completing your internship/work experience, you must write a report for your employer. If confidential, this report will not be filed in the K College library.
• You must submit a one-page evaluation from your employer about the quality of work to the Department Chair.
• You must write a five-page reflection on how this experience connects with coursework in the major. This reflection paper must adhere to the guidelines outlined in this handbook.
• The five-page reflection paper is due by the end of the Fall quarter, Senior year.


For complete details see the Department SIP Handbook.

To write a SIP in the Department of Economics and Business, you have to visit the Economics and Business SIP Moodle page. Once you reach this page, you must (1) register as a course participant and (2) complete the SIP Proposal Form of your choice. The Department Chair will approve the SIP Proposal and assign a SIP supervisor to you. Any student that chooses not to register as a participant and fill out a SIP proposal will be assumed to be writing a SIP in another department.

The student also registers for a one-credit SIP with the Registrar’s Office. All SIP registration forms are due to the Registrar’s Office by 5pm on Friday of the 10th week spring quarter. According to College policy, a student may not overload during the fall SIP quarter. Hence, if one registers for SIP credit for Fall quarter, one can only take two additional courses during that quarter. Note that you must complete both a SIP Proposal for the Department of Economics and Business (using the Moodle SIP page) and register for the SIP through the Registrar’s Office. If you fail to complete either of these two tasks, you will not be registered for a SIP… and the completion of a SIP is required for graduation.

Important SIP Deadlines

  1. Complete proposal using the Department Moodle SIP page by either 8th Week (Traditional) or 10th Week (Course Paper Extension, Experiential) Spring of Junior year.
  2. Gain IRB approval for SIP research if using human subjects (end of Junior spring quarter).
  3. Complete the College SIP registration form and submit it to the Registrar Office by Friday 10th week, spring quarter.
  4. Write SIP during the Fall quarter of the Senior Year and submit work by the end of Fall quarter, Senior Year, to your assigned SIP supervisor.
  5. In case the SIP supervisor requires revisions to the SIP submitted 10th week Fall quarter, Senior Year, such revisions are due third week the following Winter quarter. Important: Missing a deadline or evidence of unsatisfactory performance on what is expected to be accomplished for any one of the above deadlines could result in the termination of the SIP contract. This may cause the student to complete the SIP requirement in another department.

Previous Economics and Business SIP’s

Are you interested in viewing past Economics and Business major SIP’s? Visit Economics and Business Senior Integrated Projects in the Kalamazoo College digital archives.