Individual Studies

Individual Studies

If it is found that the university does not offer the major desired, it may be possible, through the individual studies program, for a student to create his/her own program of study. The purpose of the individual studies major is twofold: 1) to enable a student to design an individualized major by selecting courses from several academic departments, and 2) to explore interdisciplinary areas of study before those areas are formally adopted as departmental or interdepartmental majors.

Students interested in this major should consult first with the individual studies director concerning the feasibility of designing an individual studies major in a particular area. If the university does not have the faculty or curricular resources for the area requested, the student will be so advised.

Students are required to identify a central organized theme for their major and design it under the guidance of four interdisciplinary faculty members and the individual studies director. In most cases, an undergraduate thesis will be required of this major. Examples of past individual studies majors include writing and health sciences.

The individual studies program is not intended to provide a secondary alternative to existing majors.


Students interested in this major should have at least one semester's experience in university (UNI) study before applying.


Individual Studies

The degree in individual studies prepares students to meet the needs and challenges of life after college by developing skills that are highly valued by employers, such as written and oral communication, critical thinking, teamwork, integrative knowledge and information literacy.

Individual Studies

The individual studies program allows highly motivated and self-directed students to develop an individualized learning plan. This plan articulates, very specifically, the rationale, learning goals and coursework for the area requested.

Individual Studies
Undergraduate Research

Students in the program have a unique opportunity to engage in a suitable research topic or project as part of the undergraduate thesis experience. This experience should be tailored toward students’ academic interests and career goals.


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Linda Emery, Individual Studies Coordinator
Phone: (319) 273-2504
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