The Individualized Studies major provides an opportunity to develop an area of study that integrates personal interests, academic objectives, and career goals with courses taken from the College’s regular offerings in Adult Learning and Development, Behavioral Science, Business Management, Criminal Justice, or Health Care Administration. This degree also provides students with an individualized approach to completing their bachelors using their past transfer credits and prior college-level learning.

Examples of programs that have been approved are: Emergency Services Administration, Child Advocacy, Human Services Administration, and Non-Profit Administration.

Degree Program Details

An overview of what we offer, what you’ll learn, and how to get started.

The Individualized Studies major is researched and planned with guidance in the four-credit course CRIT 502 Conducting Critical Inquiry. A proposal for the major must be submitted to Academic Affairs for approval.

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Students will

  • Demonstrate the ability to be a self-directed student by determining individual academic objectives and activities, and evaluating the resulting learning.
  • Attain proficiency in the knowledge, theories, methods of inquiry, and use of information resources pertinent to a substantial and coherent area of study.
  • Develop knowledge and skills in a specific discipline or clearly articulated interdisciplinary area at the introductory through advanced level.
  • Use ongoing reflective learning to articulate the progression and integration of one’s learning in the selected area of study.
  • Regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
  • Available fully online with select on campus courses.
  • Affordable tuition.
  • Top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report for our online bachelor’s degrees.
  • 84% of our students are transfer students. Making the most of your transfer credits is our specialty.
  • Career counseling is available to all students and alumni. We also extend this service to those considering their college options.
  • Faculty who are subject matter experts that share their real-world expertise to help you apply what you learn to your personal goals and career.
Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis, offering the opportunity to begin studies at Granite State College at any term during the year. Admission is granted to students who earned a high school diploma, completed a high school education in a homeschool setting under state law, or demonstrate high school equivalency. Successful completion of one of the following exams will be required for demonstrating high school equivalency: the GED, HiSET, or TASC.

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Your Prior and Current Learning Counts

Many of our students can demonstrate college-level knowledge gained from military, workplace and volunteer-based training, and experiences. We are expert at helping students demonstrate learning and earning academic credit.

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Career Outlook

Since the Individualized Studies degree is customized towards your academic and professional goals, the career outlook will vary. In CRIT 502, the first course in your Individualized Studies program, you’ll define your program and explore job growth opportunities. In addition, all students have access to our Career Services experts who can provide support with degree selection or career advice based on your unique goals.