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Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

Majors & Degrees

Individualized Studies (BS)

Chart your own course

DSU's Individualized Studies major gives students an opportunity to design a path of study that fits their individual academic goals. The student-focused curriculum lets students pursue career and professional goals outside a discipline-specific major.  The degree is for new, returning, or adult students seeking a Bachelor’s degree that fits their unique interests.     

Online or on-campus degree

The Individualized Studies bachelor’s program is offered 100% online or on campus. Whether you are a traditional student or a working professional, this flexible program allows you to complete your degree how it works best for you, remote, in-person, or hybrid, and as a full-time or part-time student.

Personalize your learning

Whether you are a new freshman with diverse academic interests and career aspirations, or an adult learner with prior college credit and life experiences, the Individualized Studies major may be what you have been looking for to achieve your school, work, and life goals.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the BS in Individualized Studies, students will:

  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication

  • Demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills

  • Be knowledgeable and proficient in computer literacy.

  • Demonstrate their proficiency in scholarly writing and applying conventions of appropriate style manuals (MLS, APA, ASA).

  • Demonstrate proficiency in marketing themselves for employment that fits their professional and career goals. 

  • Additional learning outcome(s) will need to be approved by the General Studies Director when the Individualized Studies major proposal is first approved. 

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