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Individualized Studies Concentration
(also see Liberal Studies)
This concentration option allows students to combine professional studies with the liberal arts and sciences or a second professional studies area into a cohesive course of study. The Individualized Studies concentration is not meant to serve merely as a convenient repository for a collection of assorted credits.It provides the opportunity to integrate a broad range of accumulated knowledge and new learning into an interdisciplinary program which will meet an individual's career and/or personal needs. Students who anticipate pursuing graduate studies upon completion of the baccalaureate degree should incorporate the necessary prerequisites into the concentration. For example, a course in research methods is frequently such a prerequisite.
The key to receiving approval for this concentration is the student's ability to explain the rationale for the proposed concentration and its relation to his/her career and/or personal goals. The rationale is key to laying the foundation for the capstone requirement.
The number of credits and distribution by level consists of a minimum of 36 credits with a minimum of 18 at the upper level. The 18 upper level credits must represent a logical distribution from various disciplines in the concentration. The concentration needs to show breadth and depth in each subject area chosen. Some sample combinations are:
- Psychology/Legal Studies
- Environmental Science/Biology
- Business/Political Science
- Political Science/Legal Studies
Student Learning OutcomesStudents who graduate with a concentration in Individualized Studies will be able to:
- demonstrate factual and conceptual knowledge in each of the linked fields;
- demonstrate the interrelationship and coherence of the linked fields by integrating such knowledge from each of them;
- apply such integrated knowledge to scholarly and/or policy questions and problems;
- demonstrate the ability to think critically and construct an argument in the fields studied; and
- engage in effective written communication and presentation of ideas/concepts specific to the fields studied.