Individual Studies (IS)

(Effective Fall 2019)

Individual Studies is the most flexible major offered by the College. Designed for students whose goals are not met by any other curriculum, Individual Studies offers students an opportunity to explore more than one career area at a time or simply to follow a program for personal enrichment while earning a degree. Although not specifically intended for students planning to transfer, it may serve the needs of those students as well. Although primarily elective, the curriculum requires students to complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit in one academic discipline or area of concentration.

Recommended High School Subjects

Students should complete a college-preparatory academic program including English literature and composition, mathematics (including at least algebra), social studies, science, and relevant electives.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will complete placement exams to assess mathematics, reading and English competencies. Students are expected to complete any developmental course work as explained in the College Catalog (see ).

Transfer Procedures

Courses that students have successfully completed while enrolled in another program will automatically transfer if they satisfy designated requirements for the Foundations, Perspectives, and other electives. All other courses will be evaluated to determine their fit with the student's goals.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • explain the relationship between personal goals/objectives and academic subject matter.
  • apply critical thinking skills in a variety of personal and professional situations.
  • employ effective oral and written communication in personal and professional situations.
  • show respect for culturally diverse societies and environments.
  • recognize the inter-relationships of various disciplines.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles and theoretical issues/questions of at least one academic area.
  • use planning and organizational skills essential to academic and professional success.


First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
ISE Individual Studies Discipline Elective 3  
OEE Exploration Electives 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
Second Semester Credits
ISE Individual Studies Discipline Elective 3  
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
SPC Speech Elective 3  
MTH Mathematics Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
Third Semester Credits
ISE Individual Studies Discipline Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
SCI Science Elective 3  
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3  
AAP Core Applied Arts Perspective 3  
SSP Core Social Science Perspective 3  
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3  
CDP Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective 3  
Fourth Semester Credits
ISE Individual Studies Discipline Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 2  

Additional Information

Students in Individual Studies select courses based on their individual goals. Advisers assist students with course selection and the sequencing of courses that fit the students' goals and that provide students with the skills and knowledge related to their specified area of concentration.


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