Get Your Individualized Studies Degree

Don't see the major you're interested in? We want to empower you to chart your own course—one of the advantages of attending a small college and knowing your professors well. The Individualized Studies Program is for students who have a clear post-graduate career path that's not directly addressed by one of our majors.

Individualized Studies Program Highlights

  • Combine two or more academic disciplines to create your own study track.
  • Develop a thorough, personalized proposal that outlines how you will combine the disciplines to meet your professional goals.
  • Work closely with at least two faculty members from programs that represent your coursework.
  • Showcase your creativity and self initiative—making you attractive to employers when you graduate. 

Modality & Benefits

Get a traditional college experience with lively in-person classroom discussions and close proximity to your professors, mentors, and best friends. 

Start Dates: 

January & August  

  • Semester-Based Timeline
  • Face-to-Face Instruction (some Online options)
  • In-Person Office Hours & Support
  • Relationships & Networking
  • Extracurriculars & Immersive Campus Experience

Get a degree that fits your busy lifestyle while benefiting from in-person instruction, social interactions with classmates, and networking on campus and throughout the capital city. 

Start Dates: 

January & August

  • Semester-Based Timeline
  • Evening Classes (M-Th, 5-9pm)
  • Face-to-Face Instruction
  • Transfer Up to 90 Credits
  • 10-Hour Weekly Commitment (varies)

Individualized Studies Curriculum

Major Requirements

Admission to the Individualized Studies Program

Students typically apply for admission toward the end of freshman year in college. However, the Program considers applications from upper-class students and students transferring from other colleges and universities. 

Your major will be based on a student-developed proposal that identifies your areas of study and how they will help you meet your professional competencies. The proposal requires you to justify your approach, such as explaining why you would benefit from an Individualized Studies major over a double major or major/minor combination.

Proposals Include:

  1. Title
  2. Definition of Your Field of Study
  3. Course List
  4. Personal Statement
  5. References and Acknowledgements

Steps to Apply:

  1. Discuss your interest with your advisor and the Director of Individualized Studies.
  2. Complete your proposal for admission.
  3. The Curriculum Committee considers your admission to Individualized Studies.

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