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Individualized Studies

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies is ideal for transfer students seeking to complete a four-year degree. Designed to assist students who have already accomplished a substantial amount of college work, the program provides the curricular freedom to tailor your degree to meet your career and academic goals.

Individualized studies majors work closely with their advisors to develop areas of concentration in the following areas:

  • Humanities
  • Fine Arts
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Business Studies
  • Allied Health

As an individualized studies major, your capstone courses integrate your skills and academic area of concentration.

Graduates often succeed in their chosen careers, and many gain entrance into graduate school in pursuit of a law, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or other professional degree.

Plan of Study

Total credit hours: 120

Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours with a minimum of 32 semester hours at the upper level.

The B.A.I.S. concentration includes a sequence of two capstone courses and a minimum of 30 semester hours of classes from at least two departments. The capstone hours can count toward the hours for the concentration. Students must complete at least 15 semester hours at the upper level within their approved concentration or pre-professional program.

Students must earn a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 in all coursework and a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 in the Individualized Studies concentration or pre-professional program.

At least 30 semester hours toward the overall degree, 16 upper-level hours, and at least 18 semester hours in the concentration or pre-professional program must be completed at Lourdes University.


IDS 360   Internship
IDS 490   Topics

Learning Outcomes


  1. Articulate how their life experiences and coursework have given them the ability to think critically, solve problems, and make ethical decisions related to their chosen area of concentration.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, research findings, and historical trends in their chosen area of concentration.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to think critically and engage in skeptical inquiry related to their chosen area of concentration.
  4. Synthesize information from diverse sources in their chosen area of concentration, make and support decisions based on that information, and communicate those to diverse audiences.
  5. Understand and use appropriate research methods for their chosen concentration.
  6. Organize their research into a logical and suitable thesis.

Individualized Studies Faculty

Kate Buetel

Katherine P. Beutel, Ph.D.

Professor of English; Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Institutional Effectiveness

Shawna Rushford Spence

Shawna Rushford-Spence, Ph.D.

Chair, Associate Professor of English

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