Individual Studies A.A.

The Individual Studies degree option provides students with a great deal of flexibility to develop their own course of study. Course concentration is divided mainly among the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Math/Science disciplines with a large number of electives and free electives completing the curriculum. Sixty credits are needed to receive the Associate in Arts (A.A.) in the Individual Studies Program. This program can be used either by students who are unsure of their plans and need flexibility to explore educational options, or by adult learners who wish to develop their own personally planned course of study (approved by the College) because of special educational needs and career goals. A.A. degree students usually emphasize the Social Sciences and Humanities. The A.A. degree in Individual Studies is also intended to prepare students for transfer to similar four year baccalaureate programs. Admission to the Individual Studies Program is selective. Students who would like to pursue this degree must complete the Individual Studies Degree Application.

Discipline Category Descriptions

Minimum Degree Requirements (60 credits)
English (6 credits)
ENG 101 English Composition
ENG 102 Literature & Composition    
Humanities (6 Credits)
--------> Humanities electives
History or Social Science (6 Credits)
--------> History or Social Science electives


Math/Science (6-8 Credits) 
--------> MAT courses above 100


Individual Studies Electives (20-22 Credits) 
--------> College credited courses as per advisement
Free Electives (14 Credits)
--------> Any courses that receive college credit

All students in this degree program must complete courses in 7 of 10 SUNY General Education categories, 2 competency areas, and 30 credits of General Education courses.

Degree Requirements Worksheets

Students who earn an Individual Studies A.A. degree are prepared to transfer into a bachelor's degree program in a variety of areas, based on the student's focus of study.

Graduates of the program who went on to receive their bachelor's degree can be found working in a variety of career fields including social work, health care, teaching, and business administration.


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