Individual Studies

SUNY Adirondack offers a Liberal Arts Humanities & Social Sciences — Individual Studies Associate in Science (AS) degree. The degree provides students great flexibility in designing a degree program to support their career and transfer goals with customized course selection. The Individual Studies degree can be earned online. 

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The degree combines a strong liberal arts and sciences foundation, with 30 credits of choice, to help a student transfer in a direction not currently supported by many degree programs. Students will work with their advisor and design a four semester layout. This degree also supports returning adults, or veterans, who may have started in one direction and now have a new focus, and want to continue their studies without undue loss of credit. 

The degree program is of value to a wide range of students, including: 

  • First-time students with a particular transfer school in mind – seeking education in an educational niche not offered in a current degree program.
  • Students who would like to change degree programs without loss of credit 
  • Students who complete several semesters at another college or university and want to obtain their associate degree and utilize the maximum number of transfer credits 
  • Military personnel or veterans who have been taking coursework during service and want to apply those technical credits to a degree
  • Returning adult students who began a college career and opted out to become employed and now want to return to school and utilize the maximum number of previously earned credits 
  • Entrepreneurial-minded students who have a business concept in mind and want to customize their course selection to best support their start-up.

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SUNY Adirondack holds over 30 seamless transfer agreements with four-year colleges in New York and across the country. The most popular transfer institutions for this program are:

  • Empire State College
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • Student-chosen baccalaureate program that are doing a custom transfer design

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop sufficient background in a discipline to qualify for upper level study.
  2. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge needed to think critically.
  3. Employ effective communication skills, both written and verbal.
  4. Articulate the presence and influence of diversity within societies such as the United States and those in Western Europe, as well as throughout the world.
  5. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge related to personal health and fitness, life-long sports, and recreational wellness.
  6. Examine expression and the creative process in one or more of the areas of humanities.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method. 
  8. Identify basic factors relevant to the analysis of human behavior.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of quantitative literacy.