WHEREAS, the mission of the department of Interdisciplinary Studies is to challenge our students to think deeply; embrace difference and diversity; and seek a broad understanding of other peoples, perspectives, beliefs, and values; to prepare our students for life, learning, and leadership in an interconnected and globalized world; and to enable our students to explore and understand an ever-increasing body of knowledge across multiple disciplines; and

WHEREAS, the proposed program in Individualized Studies will provide a challenging and rigorous program for students whose academic interests reach across or beyond the major programs currently offered by the university; and

WHEREAS, both prospective and current students have expressed an interest in developing individualized degree programs, and Winthrop University is interested in considering a response to this new generation of student; and

WHEREAS, the proposed degree is consistent with Winthrop University's Mission Statement wherein the University seeks to provide "personalized and challenging undergraduate, graduate, and continuing professional education programs of national caliber within a context dedicated to public service to the State of South Carolina;"

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies be established.

June 8, 2012