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Individualized Studies (AS) - 60 credits

WHAT IS INDIVIDUALIZED STUDIES?

This degree program is designed for working adults and/or students who have well-defined career goals. The program is intended to provide students with the opportunity to develop specific competencies and earn an Associate of Science degree in career fields that not available through existing degree programs at Normandale.

WHY PURSUE INDIVIDUALIZED STUDIES?

The program is intended to provide students with the opportunity to develop specific competencies and earn an Associate of Science degree in career fields that not available through existing degree programs at Normandale.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH AN INDIVIDUALIZED STUDIES DEGREE?

The Individualized Studies degree allows you to take previous credits or a combination of classes and tailor them to the field or focus of study you would like to pursue.

Careers in Individualized Studies

The program requires submission of a written degree plan initiated by the student with assistance from the dean of the appropriate division, or an academic counselor/faculty member.

A plan template is used to guide the degree planning process and is submitted to the Dean's Office.

Approval of an industry representative must also be demonstrated when the degree plan applies to a specific career field.

 

Degrees & Certificates in Indvidualized Studies

The plan must also demonstrate transferability to at least one four-year accredited institution, even when it may not be the intention of the student to transfer immediately after completing this degree.

Career-area credits may be earned in traditional courses, independent study projects, or internships Credits may be transferred from other institutions in accord with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities' residency requirement for earning the Associate of Science degree.

This degree program is designed for working adults and/or students who have well-defined career goals. The program is intended to provide students with the opportunity to develop specific competencies and earn an Associate of Science degree in career fields that are not available through existing degree programs at Normandale. This program is not intended to provide certification in any field.

The program requires submission of a written degree plan initiated by the student with assistance from the dean of the appropriate division, or an academic counselor/faculty member. A plan template is used to guide the degree planning process and is submitted to the relevant academic dean's office.

Approval of an industry representative must also be demonstrated when the degree plan applies to a specific career field. The plan must also demonstrate transferability to at least one four-year accredited institution, even when it may not be the intention of the student to transfer immediately after completing this degree.

Career-area credits may be earned in traditional courses, independent study projects, or internships. Credits may be transferred from other institutions in accordance with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities' residency requirement for earning the Associate of Science degree.

Core Courses - 30 credits

Select coursework from at least two discipline areas:

  • Coursework from selected discipline area 1 (9 credits)
  • Coursework from selected discipline area 2 (9 credits)
  • Additional courses to reach a minimum of 30 Specialized Career Program credits.

Coursework will be determined in consultation with Normandale faculty and/or administration.

Additional Required Courses - 30 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4

Complete one of the following courses:

Code Title Credits
COMM 1101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 1121 Small Group Communication 3

  • Complete one course from MnTC Goal 3 or 4 (at least 3 credits)
  • Complete one course from MnTC Goal 5 (at least 3 credits)
  • Complete one course from MnTC Goal 6 (at least 3 credits)
  • Complete 6 credits from two different of the following MnTC Goal areas: 7, 8, 9 or 10
  • Complete additional MnTC courses to reach a minimum of 30 MnTC credits

Other Degree Requirements

  • If needed, complete additional courses to reach 60 credits total.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.

Coursework in this degree program satisfies a portion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Please see MnTC Degree Audit Report.