For students who want to create their own academic path, the Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies program places the needs and dreams of those students at the center of their educational journey. Since 1971, our students have been able to design individual degree programs to meet their educational, professional, and personal goals. Your unique Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree can be customized to build on what you have already learned and accomplished in school, work and in life. CIS offers you a chance to:
Incorporate courses from a variety of different subjects
Design a degree that reflects your educational, personal, and career interests
Transfer credits from other schools and apply them towards a BA degree
Use creative learning strategies, including prior learning to complete your degree in less time and money
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. Students design their own course of study with guidance from faculty in the initial course, PRSP 301 Perspectives: Educational Philosophy & Planning, creating well-balanced multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary or intradisciplinary 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.
If you are looking for an education that spans multiple subjects and professions, or an area in which Metropolitan State does not offer a major, the College of Individualized Studies may be your academic home. The Individualized BA degree program gives you the opportunity to:
Focus your degree on your individual learning and career
Combine multiple subjects from across the university curriculum
Earn credit for learning outside the classroom
Apply up to 80 Technical Program credits to your four-year degree
To navigate the limitless possibilities of the individually designed academic experience, students are assigned academic advisors who assist them in their progress toward completion of the degree.
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