BA in Individualized Studies

Description/Objective:

 
This program allows students to pursue individualized academic interests and personal/professional goals within the framework of an academically sound Bachelor of Arts degree program. It is an excellent alternative for the mature student who wants to build on past experience and design his or her own degree program for current or future needs. It offers students a great deal of flexibility and allows for intellectual growth in a variety of academic areas.

The Individualized Studies degree program is especially applicable for:

  • Students who wish to combine coursework from two or more disciplines around a thematic focus in order to design a degree that best aligns with their academic needs 
  • Adult students who may already be working in a profession and require the completion of a bachelor’s degree to achieve specific personal, professional, or vocational goals
  • Students who wish to create a custom minor in an academic area where a minor is not available
  • Adult students returning to college to complete a degree who wish to maximize the use of their past upper division coursework to speed time to degree completion
  • Students who require greater flexibility in selecting course delivery and scheduling options that allow them to pursue a college degree while balancing family, work, or other commitments

Advising services for Individualized Studies majors and minors are provided on both the Winona and Rochester campuses.

Winona: Somsen Hall, Room 106, (507) 457-5080

Rochester: Student Campus Services, SS 130 (507) 258-7100

Career Opportunities

Because it is a customized program, Individualized Studies degrees are as unique as the students who design them. In today’s job market, employers are interested in the knowledge, skills and competencies that a student has acquired through a degree program and related work and volunteer experience. Within the Individualized Studies major and minor, a student can build on his or her interests, past experience, intellectual strengths, and career goals to design a program which encompasses many of the areas of competence that employers are seeking. These might include critical thinking, problem solving, communication skills, technology skills, and the ability to work well with others. Students in the Individualized Studies major/minor are encouraged to highlight those aspects of their degree program as they interview and seek employment.

Major/Minor Programs

BA MAJOR INDIVIDUALIZED STUDIES (INDS)
48 S.H. Upper-Division Courses (300- and 400-level)

Students may declare up to two minors with this major.

REQUIRED COURSE (3 S.H.)
Counselor Education – CE 300 Academic Planning & Career Foundations (3)

ELECTIVES (45 S.H.)
45 credits of upper-division courses (300- or 400-level)

REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALIZED STUDIES MAJORS
For a checklist of the University’s graduation requirements, refer to the WSU Undergraduate catalog. For the Individualized Studies major, students must:

  • Complete the WSU General Education Program, 48 upper-division (300- and 400-level) credits including CE 300, and electives to reach a minimum of 120 credits. It is expected that all course prerequisites will be completed.
  • Complete all Intensive course requirements.
  • Students declaring the Individualized Studies major must have on file a Student Program Plan for the major. The Student Program Plan is developed in the required CE 300 course. It is advised that students complete CE 300 in their first semester as an Individualized Studies major.

A maximum of nine credits applying to the major may be taken on a P/NC basis. All other WSU policies apply.

BA MINOR – INDIVIDUALIZED STUDIES (INDS)
21 S.H.

This program allows students to create a customized minor utilizing multiple departments to meet their particular educational goals or to create a minor from departments in which a minor is not currently available. The credits in the Individualized Studies minor must not duplicate any other courses in the student’s program and cannot count any place except in the minor.

REQUIRED COURSE (3 S.H.)
Counselor Education – CE 300 Academic Planning & Career Foundations (3)

ELECTIVES (18 S.H.)

  • 12 semester hours must be upper-division courses (300- and 400-level) 
  •  6 semester hours may be any level (100 – 400)

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Students declaring the Individualized Studies minor must have on file a Student Program Plan for the minor. The Student Program Plan is developed in the required CE 300 course. It is advised that students complete CE 300 in their first semester as an Individualized Studies minor.

Declaring an Individualized Studies Major or Minor:
Complete the Declaration of Major/Minor form and submit it to an Individualized Studies advisor for approval.

Contact Us
Outreach & Continuing Education
Somsen Hall 106
continuingeducation@winona.edu
507.457.5080