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College of Individualized Studies

The College of Individualized Studies is looking for learners who want more than a traditional higher educational experience. The mission of the college is to serve students who want to assume authority over and responsibility for their own educations. In life many of us desire the opportunity to choose the path we take. Our individualized degree programs are based on your needs, your dreams and offer you the possibility of organizing your learning experiences into a meaningful degree plan which reflects those needs and dreams.

In the College of Individualized Studies we value and embrace the tradition upon which Metropolitan State University was founded. The central importance of involving students in exploring the meaning of what does it mean to be an educated person. Through that exploration students design individualized degree plans which reflect and fit their personal, educational, and career needs and incorporate past formal college-level learning and learning achieved outside the classroom.

The College of Individualized Studies remains as the original mission of the school where students self-design, multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary or intradisciplinary well-balanced Liberal Arts degrees.

  • Multidisciplinary: means coursework is in more than one discipline in unrelated areas.
  • Interdisciplinary: means coursework is in more than one discipline, but coursework is tied thematically (blending two distinct subject areas the extend across two or more colleges).
  • Intradisciplinary: means coursework is all within the same discipline. In the College of Individualized Studies you would be designing your degree plan around an educational goal statement and self-designing a focus/concentration (terminology that is similar to a major) you would be creating a unique focus that is integrated thematically and includes study from many disciplines.

Students also self-design focuses that are not found in any other area of the university that are unique to the student's personal, educational and career aspirations. Your degree plan is a blue print for building your Individualized Studies BA. Similar to a blue print, your degree plan sketches your overall vision of what you hope to build.

College of Individualized Studies departments and programs

For College of Individualized Studies students

Dean's message

A message from the dean of the College of Individualized Studies.

Learning Strategy Options

Alternatives to classroom learning, and opportunities to get credit for what you know and learn through student-directed learning.

Education partners' agreement

The pledge to students from the College of Individualized Studies and the student's responsibilities.

College of Individualized Studies internship requirements

Learn more about internship guidelines for the College of Individualized Studies.

CIS academic advising

The advisors in the College of Individualized Studies are committed to your success. Find more information about the CIS staff.