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2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Individualized Studies BIS

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The Bachelor of Individualized Studies (B.I.S) is administered by University College or the Office of the Provost as appropriate. Students interested in a B.I.S. program should contact an advisor to declare the general BIS undergraduate degree.

The B.I.S. is not intended to prepare students for a specific career path.  However, it does provide an opportunity for degree completion to students in a number of situations:

  1. Students who wish to earn a baccalaureate after completion of an associate degree in a discipline for which there is no formal program at the university (i.e., Art Therapy, etc.).
  2. Students who have accumulated hours at other institutions, or at SSU, sufficient to earn a degree but in disparate areas, which, nonetheless, might be able to be combined into a coherent degree program.
  3. Students seeking to combine two or more programs to constitute an interdisciplinary degree (i.e., Arts Administration, Communications and Marketing, Sociology and Anthropology, Urban Planning, etc.).
  4. Students seeking a baccalaureate degree to improve advancement opportunities in their current careers.

This degree may be particularly useful to working students who are limited to evening, off-campus, or distance learning classes.  Students planning to pursue graduate or professional degrees are encouraged to avoid the B.I.S., because most of these programs require a traditional major at the undergraduate level.

Admission to the Bachelor of Individualized Studies

After admission to the University, a student makes an appointment for a conference with an advisor in University College.  During this conference, the advisor will explore with the student the appropriateness of the Bachelor of Individualized Studies, given his or her background, and academic or career goals.  The University College advisor will then direct the students to a faculty advisor in the appropriate area(s) of concentration.

To obtain formal admission to the Bachelor of Individualized Studies, the student must complete a B.I.S. application form with the faculty advisor.  This application for admission to the Bachelor of Individualized Studies will be reviewed by the student’s Faculty Advisory Committee, which will include: a Professional Advisor, and at least one faculty, suggested by the faculty advisor, in consultation with the appropriate college’s dean (i.e. CAS or CPS).  If the application and proposed course of study is approved by the advisory committee, these items will be forwarded to the Dean of the University College for approval and the registration of these degree requirements by the Registrar.


The student pursuing an individualized studies major is encouraged to seek academic advising each semester.

Degree Requirements

General Education Program 40 Hours Minimum
First Year Experience 1 Hour
Electives 34 Hours
Upper Division Courses 42 Hours
IDST4490: Senior Seminar 3 Hours
Total 120 Hours

The program requires:

  • A minimum of 120 semester credit hours, including the General Education program. 
  • A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average for all courses taken at Shawnee State University
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours at Shawnee State University.  The University’s general policies regarding the transferability of courses from other college and universities apply equally to this major.
  • Student are strongly encouraged to pursue one or more minors within their course of study.


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