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Individual Studies AS

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Credits: 61

Cost per credit: $295

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Individual Studies AS

The Individual Studies AS allows you to explore majors, career options, and futures. The broad-based degree prepares students for transfer into four-year programs at various colleges and universities. A general degree in individual studies can be tailored to fulfill a career goal that cannot be met by traditional program offerings or to use credits you may have already earned at another institution. Graduates from this degree program work in healthcare, business management, nonprofit, sales, education, and much more.

 Students with an individual studies degree work closely with an advisor to prepare for transfer into bachelor's degrees that take them into a variety of careers such as nonprofit, communications, business, entrepreneurship, healthcare management, human services, and more. Students can transfer easily into a four-year degree completion program as a junior because of their work with the advisor to take classes for specific degrees and completion of all SUNY general education requirements.

Coursework in the individual studies program at Alfred State is offered in 4- to 7-week sessions to help you better focus on each course. Summer and winter sessions offered so you can finish faster. Courses at Alfred State College are developed and taught by faculty with industry experience. Faculty create assignments that challenge you to connect the course content with the real experiences in the field. Opportunities are built into the AS degree to help students make connections with industry professionals. An individual studies degree gives students the unique ability to sample or select courses from different fields and provides excellent preparation for transfer or tailoring to specific career goals. While pursuing the degree online, faculty and advisors available to meet virtually or via phone to help students be successful.


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"The individual studies associates degree allows students to create their own major." Dr. Kathleen Ebert, Program Director
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Program consists of: 4 Semesters
61 Credits
Credits: 61

Cost per Credit: New York Residents: $295 Out of State: $353

About the Program

Graduates with an individual studies degree have a wide range of professional and educational options available to them. The individual studies AS will provide students with a foundation for courses in various areas. Course work is offered in 4- to 7-week sessions to help you better focus on each course. Summer and winter sessions offered as well so you can finish faster.

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What can I do with an associate degree in individual studies?

  • Finish your SUNY general education requirement
  • Use credits from various programs to build your degree
  • Take classes you want to take in fields that interest you
  • Take classes that accommodate your job specializations
  • Obtain credits while you figure out what degree you want to study at a 4-year college
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What classes are required for an individual studies degree?

  • Individual studies students take SUNY general education courses
  • A career exploration course allows students to begin to carve out an education and career path
  • Career area electives
  • After 15 credits, students should begin to understand what they want to study and where they want to transfer
  • After deciding on a transfer plan, students customize their degree to meet transfer requirements
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Is an individual studies degree worth it?

  • Many online and adult students choose an individual studies degree because it can be customized.
  • Individual studies is a general degree option that allows students to build a degree around credits they transfer in and what they ultimately want to study.
  • Students have a unique opportunity to delve into a variety of careers and courses before committing to a degree program.
  • Getting an associate degree first and transferring to a 4-year college as a junior saves students money for the degree.

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