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IDS Individualized Studies Program majors design their own degrees based on majors that are offered at other universities, career research, and consultation with academic experts. It is an alternative for students who may be interested in emerging fields of study, or whose interests do not fit neatly within the requirements of a traditional department.
An Individualized Integrative Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS) major requires perseverance, initiative and thoughtfulness. It is an excellent alternative for those with an entrepreneurial mindset who enjoy setting high standards for themselves, want courses and other learning experiences to be personally meaningful, and really are ready to do the thinking and consultation needed to design their own degree.
Senior Project courses offer opportunities for internship, entrepreneurship, individualized projects, and digital portfolios.
IIS majors have become magazine editors, film-makers, archaeologists, art therapists, HR specialists, registered behavior specialists, aquaculture researchers, sustainable designers, and much, much more.
Wondering what you can do with a degree from ODU's this program? Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.
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An opportunity to integrate service and applied learning experience with interdisciplinary perspectives. Prerequisite: junior standing and permission of individualized interdisciplinary studies program coordinator.
The preparation of an electronic portfolio integrating the student's academic study, work experiences, skill identification and work products. Alternative formats are used for varying uses of the portfolio. Prerequisites: IDS 300W or permission of the instructor and senior standing.
A total of 3 or 6 credits over one or two semesters. Prerequisites: IDS 300W, permission of the instructor and an approved IDS curriculum plan. This course is a vehicle for the execution of the senior project requirement of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. The project and number of credits will be negotiated between the student, the department, and the faculty sponsors.
Students entering the BA,BS program in Individualized Integrative Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
To be accepted, the student must be in good academic standing (2.00 GPA) and must submit a proposal outlining an appropriate sequence of courses and other learning experiences. This course sequence cannot duplicate any other major and must include at least 30 hours of courses to be taken after the student is accepted by the Individualized Interdisciplinary Program. Acceptance decisions are made by the Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies, the IDS Advising Committee, and faculty sponsors.
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
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