Individualized Studies

The Individualized Studies Program is for students who have a clear post-graduate career path which is not directly addressed by an established major within the Columbia College curriculum, we offer a Individualized Studies major in which two or more academic disciplines can be combined. This major is based on a student-developed proposal that identifies the curricular areas to be bridged and the professional competencies that they will address. 

The proposal should be the result of research and advising, and it should include a rationale for why the intended outcomes could not be addressed with an existing double major or major/minor combination. Students preparing a Individualized Studies proposal must work with at least two faculty members from different programs which are both represented in the proposed coursework.  The role of these faculty advisors will be to help the student formulate an achievable plan which integrates courses from separate areas into a combined conceptual framework. 

Once the proposal is approved by both/all faculty advisors and by the Director of Individualized Studies, it will be submitted to the Individualized Studies Advisory Committee for final approval. This approval will represent a contract of intent which will guide the student in course enrollment; but as with other majors, adjustments necessitated by scheduling patterns may be made with approval of the appropriate program coordinator(s).

Click here for The Individualized Studies Proposal Process.