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Individualized Studies Program


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The Individualized Studies Program (ISP) is designed to assist undergraduates whose educational and/or career goals can’t be satisfied by existing programs of study. ISP fulfills major and minor requirements for graduation. After completing all requirements for graduation, students will earn a Bachelor of General Studies.

However, a student pursuing ISP must still meet all other University requirements for graduation, including general education  courses, Writing Intensive, credit hour requirements, and residency requirements. Each ISP student works with the Coordinator of Individualized Studies to create his/her program. For a student’s program to satisfy University requirements, it must consist of 60-63 credit hours of coursework.

In addition:

  1. Coursework in an ISP must be organized into three distinct, clearly defined areas of concentration, with at least 20 credits per area. A concentration may include courses from one or several departments, provided the courses are consistent with the concentration’s focus.
  2. Coursework must include at least 15 hours of 300/400 level courses taken at EMU. Ideally, this coursework is distributed equally over the three concentrations. Graduate level courses may be used to satisfy this requirement, subject to Graduate School approval. ESLN courses may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. If a draft ISP includes courses with enrollment restricted by academic departments or colleges, department or college approval may be necessary for enrollment. Courses must be excluded from a program if a student does not receive permission to take them.
  4. If you think you’d like to pursue an ISP, you should meet with the Coordinator of Individualized Studies in the University Advising and Career Development Center (200 McKenny Hall). Once you and the Coordinator have drafted your ISP, it will be sent to the Director of University Advising and Career Development for preliminary approval. If your ISP requires any revisions after it receives preliminary approval, the Coordinator will assist you with them. Soon before you complete ISP coursework, you and the Coordinator will submit a final draft to the Director. The final, approved ISP will then be forwarded to Records and Registration for review with your graduation audit.

NOTE: The ISP is a non-teaching degree. If you are interested in earning teaching certification, keep in mind that completing an ISP may restrict or prevent your admission to an education-related academic program in the future. Second Bachelor’s degree students are not eligible for ISP.

Advisor Information:


Coordinator of Individualized Studies

University Advising & Career Development Center
200 McKenny
(734) 487-0400

General Education Requirements:


For specific General Education requirements, click here .

Major Requirements: 60-63 hours


Concentration One: 20-23 hours

Students will work with the Coordinator of Individualized Studies to choose at least 20 credit hours worth of courses. A concentration may include courses from one or several departments, provided the courses are consistent with the concentration’s focus.

Concentration Two: 20-23 hours

Students will work with the Coordinator of Individualized Studies to choose at least 20 credit hours worth of courses. A concentration may include courses from one or several departments, provided the courses are consistent with the concentration’s focus.

Concentration Three: 20-23 hours

Students will work with the Coordinator of Individualized Studies to choose at least 20 credit hours worth of courses. A concentration may include courses from one or several departments, provided the courses are consistent with the concentration’s focus.

Writing Intensive Course

Each student must choose a writing intensive course as part of major completion requirements. Consult your advisor for course options.

Minor Requirement:


This major does not require a minor.

Program Total:


Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.

Critical Graduation Information:


The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the on-line catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credits for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor, will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education  section of the catalog.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.

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