Individualized Studies- Bachelor of Arts
The AB in Individualized Studies offers an academic home for students with multiple interests to develop their own plan of study by integrating a set of core classes with courses chosen by the student from almost any area of study. Western courses explore diverse subjects but share a strong interdisciplinary theme. By emphasizing the importance of studying complex issues from multiple perspectives, these courses equip students with skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and objective analysis. The individualized portion of the major is designed by students in close consultation with faculty and staff advisors, and draws from courses across the university, including study abroad, independent studies, and/or credit-bearing internships. The degree culminates in a student-designed project that positions students for entry into graduate school or the workplace.
|WST 201||Self and Place||3|
|WST 231||Interdisciplinary Inquiry||3|
|WST 251||Individualized Studies Seminar||1|
|Core courses in interdisciplinary and integrative studies|
|WST 301||Interdisciplinary Problems and Questions||3|
|WST 321||Developing Interdisciplinary Projects: Exploring Ways of Knowing||3|
|or WST 322||Developing Interdisciplinary Projects: Art and Politics of Representation|
|WST 341||Interdisciplinary Synthesis and Action||3|
|Individualized coursework component|
|Select a minimum of 24 hours 1||24|
|WST 421||Senior Project Proposal Workshop||3|
& WST 445
|Senior Workshop and Project|
and Senior Workshop and Project
|Total Credit Hours||48|
Building upon the individualized plan of study completed in WST 251, students select and complete coursework at the 200-level or above from around the university to build content knowledge in specific area(s) of focus. Students might choose to pattern their individualized plan on an existing multidisciplinary Thematic Sequence or an interdisciplinary minor within the university, but will be expected to go well beyond what is already in place at Miami to flesh out their unique areas of study. Plans of study, subject to approval by a faculty advisor, may include study abroad, independent study, and/or credit-bearing internships as appropriate. The individualized component forms an important knowledge base for constructing the senior project.
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing the following courses: WST 231, WST 421, and WST 445.