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  Sep 20, 2017
 
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog

Individualized Degree Program [IDP]


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Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences Office
Old Main, Room 125
607-753-4314

Faculty

Associate Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, coordinator

Programs Offered

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

Major Offered

Individualized Degree Program

Description

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 that defines a conceptual theme. A traditional minor also is 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

Requirements

  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 that 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
  • Landscape design
  • Adolescent health issues
  • Music industry

A. Required Courses: 24 credit hours minimum in concentration


B. Other: 15-24 credit hours in traditional minor


C. At least half of the area of concentration and minor taken in residence at SUNY Cortland


D. At least 45 credit hours at the 300-level or above


E. Six credit hours of WI courses required, at least three of which are in the concentration


Individualized Degree Program Policies


  1. Proposals are due to the Individualized Degree Program Committee before a student has completed junior level status (89.5 credit hours). Exceptions may be considered for junior-level transfer students.
  2. Deadlines for submission of proposals to committee members for review are Oct. 15, Feb. 15 and June 15 of each academic year. Students must meet with the program coordinator prior to the deadline dates.
  3. The maximum number of credit hours of completed course work that may apply to a student’s area of concentration is 15.
  4. Individualized Degree Program students may qualify for cooperative education academic field experiences if two grade point averages are met: 2.5 grade point average in the area of concentration and 2.3 cumulative grade point average. 
  5. Requests for alterations in a student’s degree plan must be made through the advisor-mentor and approved by the program coordinator.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124


Example of the B.A. in Individualized Degree Program over four years


First Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 16-17


First Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 15-16


Second Year Fall


Foreign language (3 cr. hr.)
GE course (3 cr. hr.)
GE course (3 cr. hr.)
LASR elective (3 cr. hr.)
LASR elective (3 cr. hr.)
All-College requirements (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 18


Second Year Spring


Foreign language (3 cr. hr.)
GE course (3 cr. hr.)
GE course (3 cr. hr.)
LASR elective (3 cr. hr.)
All-College requirements (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 15-18


Third Year Fall


GE course (3 cr. hr.)
Course in minor (3 cr. hr.)
Course in minor (3 cr. hr.)
Concentration (3 cr. hr.)
Concentration WRIT (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 15


Third Year Spring


Concentration (3 cr. hr.)
Concentration (3 cr. hr.)
Course in minor (3 cr. hr.)
Course in minor (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 15


Fourth Year Fall


Concentration (3 cr. hr.)
Concentration (3 cr. hr.)
Course in minor (3 cr. hr.)
Course in minor (3 cr. hr.)
WRIT course (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 15


Fourth Year Spring


Course in concentration (3 cr. hr.)
Course in concentration (3 cr. hr.)
Course in minor (3 cr. hr.)
Course in minor (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 15


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