Individualized Studies at Shawnee

Shawnee State offers two degrees in Individualized Studies - a baccalaureate and an associate's.

These are general undergraduate degrees and are not intended to prepare students for a specific career path, but to provide an opportunity for degree completion to students in a number of situations:

  • Students who wish to earn a degree for which there is no formal program
  • Students seeking to combine two or more programs
  • Students seeking a degree to improve career advancement
  • A student may also choose to complete a minor as part of the B.I.S. program 

Bachelor of Individualized Studies

Students interested in either the B.I.S. or A.I.S. degrees should contact the Dean of the University College. 

The program requires:

  • A minimum of 120 semester credit hours, including the General Education program.
  • A minimum of 2.0 cumulative grade point average for all courses taken at Shawnee State University.
  • No more than 9 upper division hours in the individualized/specialized areas of study and cognate areas may be transferred in from another accredited university or college.
  • Student must complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours at Shawnee State University. The University's general policies regarding the transferability of courses from other colleges and universities apply equally to this major.
  • A minimum of 30 semester credit hours in the individualized/specialized areas of study and cognate areas. The GEP's requirements of Senior Seminar and Ethics may not count towards the concentration.
  • Completion of the specific program of study initially approved by the student's faculty advisory committee upon admission to the major. Any subsequent alterations in the program, including course substitutions, must receive the approval of the student's advisor and the Dean of the University College.
  • Completion of at least 30 semester credit hours after approval of student's program.
  • Petition for graduation in accordance with the rule prescribed by the University.

Associate of Individualized Studies

The minimum set of general education requirements for the AIS is as follows:

  • Completion of 60 semester hours after program admission.
  • ENGL 1101 or 1102 and ENGL 1105 (6-8 hours)
  • One course at or above MATH 1100 (3 hours)
  • 8-10 hours from three different categories of the Foundational Level of the University's General Education Program. The Foundational Level includes the following categories: social sciences, natural sciences, and fine and performing arts.
  • Grade point average of 2.0 or better.

Note: Students must apply to be admitted to the program by contacting the Dean of the University College. 


Contact Information

Shawnee State University
University College

940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

(740) 351-3491

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