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Lake Superior State University

Individualized Studies: Bachelor of Arts/Science

Program Description


The individual studies degree may be appropriate if you desire an unusually specialized program. The purpose of the degree is to provide you an opportunity to specialize in two or more academic areas. You will meet with an academic advisor to plan an individualized studies academic program that reflects your professional and personal goals.

Guidelines for an individualized studies degree are:

  1. Contact a department chair or regional site director with a preliminary plan for degree development.
  2. The department chair or regional site director will identify possible faculty advisor/s or another department chair to counsel you in degree planning.
  3. The advisor/s will assist you in the development of the proposal. The proposal must include justification for specialization and a list of courses which meet the individualized studies degree requirement including:
    1. general education requirements.
    2. minimum of 124 credits and a minimum of 32 hours on campus or a minimum of 32 hours of LSSU classes offered at a regional center. Fifty percent of the 300-400 level credits usedin the concentration areas must be completed with LSSU classes.
    3. 24 credits at 300/400 level in addition to general education requirements and a 2.00 cumulative GPA. At least one three-hour course at the 400 level is required.
    4. BA or BS degree requirement.
  4. You need to contact the chairperson of the Individualized Studies Committee to schedule a committee meeting.
  5. You will present the degree proposal to the committee for review. It is recommended that your advisor attend this meeting.
  6. The committee will approve your original proposal, approve your proposal with recommended changes, or not approve your degree proposal.
  7. You and your advisor will submit an approved Degree Audit Sheet to the chairperson to be distributed to the committee.
  8. You will process a Curriculum Change Sheet.
  9. Any course changes from the approved program must be submitted to the committee for approval.


Degree Requirements



Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.