The Specialized Honours BA program in Individualized Studies is designed for students who wish to pursue a topic or line of enquiry that requires drawing together courses from several of the University’s disciplines or fields of study.
Students interested in pursuing an individualized studies degree will be asked by the coordinator to prepare a statement describing the particular subject they wish to pursue. They will also be asked to identify a set of courses, from the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and elsewhere, which are relevant to this theme. If the coordinator is satisfied that the proposed subject cannot be adequately pursued under an established program or departmental major and that sufficient courses and faculty expertise exist to support individualized study in the area in question, the student will be permitted to enter the Individualized Studies program. Normally, students are eligible to join the program if they have completed at least 24 credits and no more than 66 credits by the start of the academic year.
Students in individualized studies must follow all the rules for a Specialized Honours BA. In addition, they must take, as six of the 54 credits relevant to their theme, the individualized studies thesis course, AP/INDV 4000 6.00. This course is to be taken during the student’s final year of study.