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Individualized Studies

Offered: Flexible delivery depending on academic plan

Interested in designing your own major? Consider Minot State's bachelor of individualized studies (BIS) program.

What is the BIS?
The BIS is a “design-your-own major” program at Minot State. The goal in developing this program is to offer you the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree by combining coursework from disciplines you choose in an intentional, thoughtful way. The program is designed for students whose career goals cannot be adequately met by pursuing an existing major.

How does it work?
STEP 1 – You have an idea
Develop an idea for a program of study that meets your educational and career goals – one that you’re not able to identify within our existing programs. Then meet with the Interdisciplinary Studies director to discuss your idea. The director will make sure you understand the nature of the program and ask questions about the work you’ve done investigating and developing your idea. 

STEP 2 – Develop your plan
In IDS 240, you will learn about interdisciplinary studies, which will help you thoughtfully consider the programs of study and specific courses you want to combine. You will then develop your formal application for the BIS program. Toward the end of the course, you will submit your application to the Interdisciplinary Studies Advisory Council. The Advisory Council will meet to consider your Application for Admission to the BIS program.

STEP 3 – Implement your plan
Once your application is approved, you can move ahead with completing your Academic Plan. Throughout your program, you should meet regularly with your advisors. If it becomes necessary to modify your Academic Plan, you will work with your advisors and the Advisory Council to formalize the changes.

Contact Us:       1-800-777-0750 ext. 3350

Be inspired . . . earn our individualized studies degree

Class size
Minot State’s small classroom sizes allow you to experience valuable one-on-one interaction with professors and participate in practical collaboration with your classmates.
Experienced faculty
Our faculty members have the academic training and real-world experience to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed wherever your BIS degree takes you. 
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With over 60 student clubs and organizations, there is a place or two for everyone to belong.
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