The Individualized Studies Bachelor of Arts degree reflects the original mission of Metropolitan State University-to give students primary authority over and responsibility for their educations. With guidance from faculty in the entry course PRSP 301 Perspectives: Educational Philosophy & Planning, students design their own course of study towards the completion of the Bachelor of Arts. Students design their own "focus," which is often interdisciplinary, and typically involves subject areas from across the entire knowledge tradition. In addition to traditional classroom learning, students also use a variety of learning strategies such as student-directed learning (credit for prior learning or independent study) theory seminars, and internships. Examples of programs students have designed include: combining subjects from two different colleges such as political science and business administration, or focusing on broad general themes through the perspective of a variety of subject areas, such as the environmental movement, international development and Third World tourism, or community development. Students are assigned academic advisors who assist them in their progress toward completion of the degree. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-793-1783.
Declare Your Major
To be eligible for acceptance to the Individualized Studies program, students must submit a College of Individualized Studies Undergraduate Program Declaration Form. This form is normally submitted while taking PRSP 301, Perspectives: Educational Philosophy and Planning, but can be done prior to taking the course.
Students are classified as Pre-Individualized Studies majors until they complete PRSP 301 and develop an approved degree plan.
Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.
Requirements can overlap, for example, the 20 College of Individualized Studies residency requirements also meet the university residency requirements and courses in the focus area might also meet Liberal Studies Requirements.
In PRSP 301 Perspectives: Educational Philosophy and Planning, students design individualized focus areas that address their educational goals. The focus can include transferred credits, including up to 80 technical college transfer credits, and MTC classes. The College encourages students to design their degree programs within a broad framework that embraces these competence areas: communication, math/science & the natural world, vocation, avocation, humanities, community (including global citizenship and multicultural perspectives), and lifelong learning.
Creative Learning Strategies
You may choose to use a variety of learning strategies to complete your Individualized BA, including student-directed learning and assessment of your prior learning for credit. Find out more about Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), Theory Seminars and Student-Designed Independent Study (SDIS) under Creative Learning Strategies.
Course options include in-person courses, accelerated courses, online and blended online/in-class courses, and Faculty-Designed Independent Studies (FDIS). The individualized BA is available as a degree-at-a-distance, which can incorporate a variety of learning strategies including online courses, FDIS and some of the Creative Learning Strategies described above.