BA in Individualized Studies
The Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies degree is a baccalaureate degree program structured to meet the general educational needs of learners. It provides students with a variety of options in meeting University requirements for an undergraduate degree grounded in the liberal arts. For nontraditional adult learners, it recognizes the value of life/work experience and affords students the opportunity to receive advanced standing through portfolio assessment. Students may choose to pursue a single area of study in depth or design a program of study by combining liberal arts courses with career-related concentrations. The result is a degree program that will be immediately appealing to mature adults who bring to FDU traditional course work completed over a period of years at a number of institutions, a history of work and life experiences that can be equated with credit-bearing courses, and the desire, commitment and self-discipline to complete the degree requirements.
Students completing the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies degree will be required to demonstrate proficiency in a number of subject areas and related skills. They include the following:
- The use of basic intellectual tools, specifically to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; to use mathematical reasoning; and to comprehend the nature, techniques and limits of the humanities, natural or physical sciences and the social and behavioral sciences.
- The ability to learn and apply learning to the graduate's career and life experience, requiring the capability to define problems; to use information resources such as libraries and computers; and to analyze, synthesize and integrate knowledge, perspectives and techniques.
- An understanding of the historic and global context of events and achievements over time as treated in subjects such as history, the arts and the humanities. Mastery of a considerable body of knowledge in one subject area or a group of related subjects.
The degree consists of 120 credits (30 courses) in multiple disciplines. These disciplines and the course requirements are described below.
Communication, Mathematics and Computer Requirements: 18 Credits (6 Courses)
The ability to use the English language orally and in writing, the ability to understand and use basic mathematical symbols and the mastery of basic computer skills are required of all students in the Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies program.
Writing: minimum 9 credits (3 courses)
Any combination of freshman writing and advanced-level writing courses or their equivalents at other institutions. At least one advanced-level writing course must be taken at FDU. (Courses labeled Fundamentals of Composition are considered precollege level and do not count toward meeting degree requirements.)
Oral Communication: 3 credits (1 course)
Mathematics: 3 credits (1 course)
At least one college-level math course, finite math or a more advanced course.
Computer Skills: 3 credits (1 course)
Fundamentals of Computer Use
Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements: 24 Credits (8 Courses)
A breadth and depth of study in the following areas is required of all degree candidates:
- social sciences
- natural sciences
Students will be exposed to social, scientific, aesthetic, moral and religious ideas, the purpose of which is to gain insight into how the concerns of people are interrelated, how knowledge has been accumulated and how unsolved problems remain a challenge to humanity.
Humanities: 9 credits (3 courses)
Nine credits from at least two of the following areas:
- Art History/Appreciation
- Music History/Appreciation
- Theater History
- Foreign Language
Social Sciences: 9 credits (3 courses)
Nine credits from at least two of the following areas:
- Political Science
Natural Sciences: 6 credits (2 courses)
Six credits selected from the following areas.
At least one must be a laboratory science course. A first-year science course for majors may be substituted for any of the recommended courses listed below:
- Life Sciences (Biology)
- Earth and Planetary Sciences (Geology, Physical Science)
University Core Requirement: 12 Credits (4 Courses)
Fairleigh Dickinson University requires all students to complete a common University Core curriculum consisting of four integrated courses with a strong emphasis on the liberal arts.
CORE1006 University Core A - The Global Challenge
CORE2007 University Core B - Perspectives on the Individual
CORE2008 University Core C - Cross-cultural Perspectives
CORE3009 University Core D - The American Experience: The Quest for Freedom
It should be noted that transfer students entering with 30-59 credits are required to take only three Core courses:
Those entering with 60 or more credits are reequired to take only two Core courses:
International Perspective Requirement: 3 Credits (1 Course)
The world is no longer composed of countries that are isolated from each other. Economic, political and cultural independence have been replaced by interdependence. As the 21st century nears, knowledge of other countries is essential. This requirement may be met through one of a variety of designated courses from the following disciplines:
- fine arts
- political science
Specialized Studies Requirement: 18 Credits
The Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies, in addition to providing certain skills and broad exposure to the major bodies of knowledge, also allows the opportunity to pursue a single area of study in depth or any other combination of courses that fit into an individualized cohesive course of study, including appropriate certificate programs. It is required that a minimum of 18 credits be completed in a single discipline or recognized concentration. Certain limitations apply, including a restriction on the number of courses offered by the College of Business Administration that can be completed and applied toward the degree.