May 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Bachelor of Individualized Studies BIS

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The Bachelor of Individualized Studies (B.I.S) is administered by the Office of the Provost. 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 the Student Success Center.  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 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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