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Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies is designed for high achieving students whose academic interests reach across or beyond the major programs currently offered by the university. Students will have the opportunity to design a plan of study tailored to their own needs and interests. This innovative, integrative and flexible degree program allows students to take on the exciting challenge of creating their own curriculum and a unique plan for exploring some area of study not defined by a single discipline. Furthermore, concepts developed in research projects can be applied in internships, service learning, and study abroad.

Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies 

General Education


Semester Hours

ACAD 101 Principles of the Learning Academy


Shared Skills and Proficiencies
Writing and Critical Thinking    
WRIT 101 Composition


    HMXP 102      Human Experience 3
CRTW 201 Critical Reading, Thinking & Writing


    Oral Communication See approved list; may be met in major
    Technology See approved list; may be met in major 0-3
    Intensive Writing Met in major with IDVS 490 0
    Constitution Requirement See approved list; may be met with another requirement 0-3
    Physical Activity See approved list; 1
Thinking Critically Across Disciplines    
Global Perspectives See approved list; may be met in major


Historical Perspectives See approved list; may be met in major


Introducing Students to Broad Disciplinary Perspectives*


Social Science See approved list; must include 2 designators; may be met in major


Humanities and Arts See approved list; must include 2 designators; may be met in major


Quantitative Skills and Natural Science (3 courses) 0-12
    Quantitative Skills See approved listmay be met in major (3-8)
Natural Science See approved list; must include one lab science.  If 2 courses taken, must be in two
different groups:  Life, Physical, Earth; may be met in major


Subtotal   11-50
Requirements in Major


IDVS 390 Individualized Studies Project: Research and Design


IDVS 490 Individualized Studies Project: Capstone


Individualized Plan of Study

Approved by Review Committee


  Must include at least 18 credit hours above 299


Requirements in Minor


Foreign Language Requirement


General Electives






†Students completing the required program for the BA in Individualized Studies must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at or above the second semester college level. This requirement may be met by a satisfactory score on a recognized examination or by passing any foreign language course numbered 102 or any course with 102 as a prerequisite.

To be admitted into the program as a major, the student must submit a program application and plan of study to the Director of the Individualized Studies Program. Consult the program director and program web site for more details on admissions requirements. A student must have successfully completed 30 credits hours and have a GPA of 2.75 or better before formal admission can take place. Students with a 2.5 or fewer than 30 credits may be admitted at the discretion of the Program Director.

The student must attain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 or better in courses taken at Winthrop and included in the 36 semester hours of the required program. In addition to the 36 semester hours of the required program, the student must select and complete a minor, attaining no less than a 2.0 GPA in the minor. Within the 120 semester hours required for this degree, the student must also include a minimum of 40 semester hours in courses numbered above 299.

No more than 36 semester hours in any one subject designator may be applied toward the major for a Bachelor of Arts degree.


For additional degree requirements, please visit the Degree Requirements page.


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