Individualized Studies

The purpose of the individualized studies degree is to provide students with the opportunity to specialize in two or more academic areas.

Curriculum

A student who in consultation with the student’s advisor determines an unusually specialized program is appropriate to meet the student’s career goals will work with the advisor to plan an individualized studies program that reflects the student’s professional and personal goals. After the initial consultation, the student will construct with an advisor, other faculty, and industry representatives a degree plan that meets both the requirements of MnSCU’s "Design Criteria for Undergraduate Individualized Programs" policy and Pine Technical & Community College’s requirements for a degree.

Once the required procedures are completed, the degree plan will be filed with the Registrar.

Procedure

The following are the procedures for an individualized
studies degree:

  • The student will contact his/her advisor with a preliminary plan for degree development
  • In consultation with the student, the advisor will identify other possible faculty and/
  • or industry representatives to further assist the student in degree planning
  • The advisor will assist the student 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
  • The student will obtain the approval and signature of the Department Chair from
  • each department the student lists courses for the proposed degree and from involved
  • industry partners
  • After obtaining the Department Chair(s) signature(s), the student will obtain the
  • approval and signature of the Chief Academic Officer

Diploma (45 Credits) Curriculum Design

  • Multidisciplinary: Minimum of 9 credits required in at least 2 unrelated areas of study
  • Interdisciplinary: Minimum of 9 credits in at least 2 thematically related areas of study
  • Intradisciplinary: Minimum of 32 credits from one area of study

Gainful Employment for Individualized Studies Diploma - 45 credits

AAS (60 Credits) Curriculum Design

  • Multidisciplinary: Minimum of 9 credits required in at least 2 unrelated areas of study
  • Interdisciplinary: Minimum of 9 credits in at least 2 thematically related areas of study
  • Intradisciplinary: Minimum of 32 credits from one area of study

AS (60 Credits) Curriculum Design

  • Multidisciplinary: Minimum of 9 credits required in at least 2 unrelated areas of study
  • Interdisciplinary: Minimum of 9 credits in at least 2 thematically related areas of study
  • Intradisciplinary: Not applicable; requirements defined by the articulation agreement