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SUNY Cortland    
  Nov 23, 2017
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog

Individualized Degree Program

Old Main, Room 125
Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences
Fax: 607-753-5979


Associate Dean, School of Arts and Sciences (Coordinator)


Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Degree Program
Bachelor of Science in Individualized Degree Program


Students who wish to pursue baccalaureate study in areas that draw upon several fields of study or go beyond traditional academic majors may present a proposal for this specialized program, which is designed to meet individual interests and learning objectives. The area of concentration must be interdisciplinary and coherent, with course work which defines a conceptual theme. A traditional minor is also required. The degree plan is formulated in consultation with a faculty mentor. The program is open to all full-time and part-time students at SUNY Cortland who have been admitted to degree status.

Students who want to propose an individualized degree program should contact the program coordinator to discuss their interests and the procedures governing the application process.

Special Features

  • Opportunity to design individual major program in combination with traditional minor
  • Emphasis on student responsibility and motivation
  • Ability to combine internships with course work


  1. Degree requirements  listed in this catalog apply.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements: B.A. – 90 credit hours; B.S. – 60 credit hours

Major in Individualized Degree Program [IDP]

The Individualized Degree Program combines a traditional minor with an interdisciplinary concentration which is designed to meet the unique needs of the student. Hands-on experience is often part of the concentration.

Career Potential

The program offers a vast variety of opportunities for careers, depending upon the interests of each student. Past examples include:

  • Technical theatre production
  • Entertainment
  • Adolescent health issues
  • Music industry