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Major in Individualized Studies

 

The Major in Individualized Studies offers you the opportunity to individualize your course of study by integrating your interests within an interdisciplinary framework.


Core Courses

Our introductory courses engage you in integrative, individualized learning:

  • Self and Place (WST 201, 3 cr) draws upon your own life experiences to help you formulate your intellectual interests.
  • Interdisciplinary Inquiry (WST 231, 3 cr) reviews and assesses the broader relevance of inquiry in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
  • Individualized Studies Seminar (WST 251, 1 cr) uses classroom and campus living experiences to help you chart your own course.

An inquiry-based set of courses emphasizes understanding diverse theories and methodologies that enable you to explore and develop your own projects:

  • Interdisciplinary Problems and Questions (WST 301, 3 cr) considers a single topic from multiple perspectives.
  • Analytical and Rhetorical Tools (WST 322, 3 cr) develops effective and creative strategies for problem-solving by exploring the persuasive aims of representations.
  • Synthesis and Action (WST 341, 3 cr) requires you to develop an action-based project with a strong public component, working on your own or as part of a team.

Elective Courses

The individualized portion of the major, which you design in consultation with faculty and staff advisors, enables you to create your unique academic focus:

Select and complete at least 24 credits of coursework at the 300-level or above from around the university to build content knowledge in your specific area(s) of focus. Your plan may include one or more semesters of study abroad, or internships if appropriate.

Senior Project

The Senior Project, a Western capstone, showcases what you've accomplished through your major in individualized studies:

  • Proposal Workshop (WST 421, 2 cr) culminates in public defense of full proposal with faculty and students.
  • Senior Project Capstone (WST 444, 3 cr) supports individual project completion.
  • Senior Project Practicum (WST 445, 2 cr) prepares you to work individually or in teams to submit a paper for a conference or publication, create a theatrical or multimedia performance, mount a gallery showing or other creative presentation.

Minor in Individualized Studies (18 cr)

 

The Minor in Individualized Studies is available to students in all majors and is designed to broaden their educational experience and widen professional opportunities. The pair of required WST courses teach students to integrate knowledge from a range of disciplines and perspectives. These serve as an introduction to student exploration of individually-created themes that have captured their interests through courses offered by other programs and majors. Plan of study for each student must be approved by Western Program advisor.


  • Self and Place (WST 201, 3 cr) draws upon your own life experiences to help you formulate your intellectual interests.
  • Interdisciplinary Problems and Questions (WST 301, 3 cr) considers a single topic from multiple perspectives.
  • 4 additional courses at 200-400 level (each 3 cr), with not more than one at the 200-level, that explore individualized themes approved by Western Program advisor. At least 3 of the 4 courses must be taken after approval of the plan of study.

 

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