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The Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies degree is a baccalaureate degree program structured to meet the general educational needs of learners in the liberal arts. For students with previous post-secondary education, the BAIS program recognizes affords students the opportunity to receive up to ninety (90) transfer credits. Students may choose to pursue a single or double specialization area of study in depth related to their career aspirations. The result is a degree program that suits the needs of students who desire a broad education experience and/or possess traditional course work experience that can be equated with credit-bearing courses.

Students completing the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies degree will be required to demonstrate proficiency in a number of subject areas and related skills such as the following:

  1. The use of basic intellectual tools, specifically to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; to use mathematical reasoning; and to comprehend the nature, techniques, and limits of the humanities, natural or physical sciences and the social and behavioral sciences.
  2. The ability to learn and apply learning to the graduate’s career and life experience, requiring the capability to define problems; to use information resources such as libraries and computers; and to analyze, synthesize and integrate knowledge, perspectives and techniques.
  3. An understanding of the historic and global context of events and achievements over time as treated in subjects such as history, the arts and the humanities. Mastery of a considerable body of knowledge in one subject area or a group of related subjects.

The degree consists of 120 credits (40 courses) in multiple disciplines. These disciplines and the course requirements are described below.

Communication, Mathematics and Computer Skills: 18 Credits (6 Courses)

The ability to use the English language orally and in writing, the ability to understand and use basic mathematical symbols and the mastery of basic computer skills are required of all students in the Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies program.


  • Written Communication: minimum 9 credits (3 courses)
    A combination of first, second, and third-year writing and advanced-level writing courses or their equivalents at other institutions. At least one advanced-level writing course must be taken at FDU. (Courses labeled Fundamentals of Composition are considered precollege level and do not count toward meeting degree requirements.)
  • Oral Communication: 3 credits (1 course)
    Public Speaking
  • Mathematics: 3 credits (1 course)
    At least one college-level math course, finite math or a more advanced course.
  • Computer Skills: 3 credits (1 course)
    Fundamentals of Computer use

Liberal Arts and Sciences: 24 Credits (8 Courses)

Students will be exposed to social, scientific, aesthetic, moral and religious ideas, the purpose of which is to gain insight into how the concerns of people are interrelated, how knowledge has been accumulated and how unsolved problems remain a challenge to humanity.


  • Humanities: 9 credits (3 courses)
    Nine credits from at least two of the following areas:

    • Art History/Appreciation
    • Literature
    • Music History/Appreciation
    • Theater History
    • Foreign Language
    • History
    • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences: 9 credits (3 courses)
    Nine credits from at least two of the following areas:

    • Anthropology
    • Economics
    • Geography
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
  • Natural Sciences: 6 credits (2 courses)
    Six credits selected from the following areas.
    At least one must be a laboratory science course. A first-year science course for majors may be substituted for any of the recommended courses listed below:

    • Life Sciences (Biology)
    • Chemistry
    • Earth and Planetary Sciences (Geology, Physical Science)
    • Physics

University Core Courses: 12 Credits (4 Courses)

The BAIS program requires all students to complete a common University and College Core curriculum consisting of four integrated courses with a strong emphasis on the liberal arts.


  • INTER 1009 College Core A – Perspectives on the Individual
  • INTER 2013 College Core B – The American Experience
  • UNIV 2001 University Core A – Cross-cultural Perspectives
  • UNIV 2002 University Core B – Global Issues

Students entering with 30 transfer credits are required to take only three Core courses. Transfer students entering with 60 or more transfer credits are required to take only two Core courses.

International Perspective Course: 3 Credits (1 Course)

The world is no longer composed of countries that are isolated from each other. Economic, political and cultural independence have been replaced by interdependence. As the 21st century nears, knowledge of other countries is essential. This requirement may be met through one of a variety of designated courses from the following disciplines:

  • anthropology
  • business
  • economics
  • literature
  • fine arts
  • history
  • music
  • philosophy
  • political science
  • sociology

Specialized Studies: 18 Credits

In addition to providing liberal arts skills and broad exposure to the major bodies of knowledge, the BAIS program also allows students the opportunity to pursue a single or double area of study in depth. A minimum of 18 credits must be completed in each discipline or recognized concentration. Certain limitations apply, including a restriction on the number of courses offered by the Silberman College of Business Administration that can be completed and applied toward the degree.

Specialization Areas (non-exclusive):

Applied Technology – suitable for students interested in pursuing careers in:

  • computer programming
  • software development
  • computer systems analyst
  • technological support
  • webmaster or maintenance

Business – suitable for students interested in pursuing careers in:

  • accounting/finance
  • human resources
  • entrepreneurship
  • marketing
  • management

Communications – suitable for students interested in pursuing careers in:

  • business
  • marketing communications
  • public relations
  • digital media
  • training/education

Hospitality & Tourism – suitable for students interested in pursuing careers in:

  • Catering
  • Events organization
  • Tourism
  • Hotel management
  • Restaurant management

International Relations – suitable for students interested in pursuing careers in:

  • Government
  • Politics
  • United Nations/ambassadorship
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • International business

Course Descriptions