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Bachelor of General Studies in Individualized Concentration

The Bachelor of General Studies Individualized Studies allows highly motivated and self-directed students to pursue the questions about which they are most passionate. The individualized concentration is focused, rigorous, and specifically focused on a discipline while integrating multiple perspectives. Working on an individualized program does not provide an alternative to existing majors, nor is it an applied versions of existing degrees.  The degree is for highly motivated students who embrace learning.  If you are intellectually curious, reflective, and highly self-directed, this degree is for you.  Students are able to pull courses from a variety of disciplines to create a program of study best suited to the individuals’ interests or careers needs or goals.

The Individualized Studies degree program is especially applicable if you:

  • Want to design a degree that best aligns with you interests or needs
  • Wish to combine coursework from two or more disciplines around a thematic focus
  • Are working in a profession and require the completion of a bachelor’s degree to achieve specific personal, professional, or vocational goals
  • Are at least 21 years of age and have not been enrolled at RWU as a full-time student within the prior academic year.

Program Description

The Bachelors of General Studies Individualized Studies will allow you to pursue individualized academic interests and personal/professional goals within the framework of an academically sound Bachelor of General Studies degree. With the support and guidance of faculty advisers, you will design a unique program of study, exploring multiple disciplines or various perspectives on specific areas of study not available in traditional departments. The program offers you a great deal of flexibility and allows for intellectual growth in a variety of academic areas. This degree program is an excellent alternative for the mature student who wants to build on past experience and design his or her own degree program for current or future needs.  This program also provides students who have transfer courses, or other sources of prior college-level learning, an opportunity to create a unified and coherent program of study from prior educational experiences. 

This unique Bachelor of General Studies degree offers you the flexibility you need, both in scheduling, and course selection. Courses are offered online, at night or a hybrid of both; and courses are scheduled in the spring, summer and fall.  Courses from across the Roger Williams University catalogue are available to choose from, and students also have the ability to create independent studies.  These independent studies courses allow students to complete personal learning objectives by creating courses of studies that cannot be found in the existing catalogue.  These courses are created in tandem with your advisor or a subject matter expert from the faculty at large.

Program Objectives

  • Demonstrate the ability to be a self-directed learner by determining individual academic objectives and activities, and evaluating their resulting learning.
  • Locate and synthesize various information resources pertinent to a substantial and coherent area of study.
  • Develop knowledge and skills in a specific discipline or clearly articulated interdisciplinary area at the introductory through advanced level.
  • Articulate the progression and integration of your learning in the selected area of study.
  • Cognitively and professionally understand the need and purpose of life long learning.



This program is intended for students with an interest in pursuing an individualized and personalized program of studies not available in other degree programs. Admission to an Individualized Concentration is limited to students who are at least 21 years of age and who have not been enrolled at RWU as a full-time student within the prior academic year. Such programs must constitute a cohesive grouping of courses reflecting an academic rationale or focus. At least half of such courses must be completed at RWU and at least half must be at the 300 level or above.

Total Major Credits 24 credits

Required Courses (24 credits)

With the assistance of one or more advisors, students select eight courses from various areas of study, half of which must be at the 300 level or above.

Core Curriculum 30 credits

Includes two writing courses (Expository Writing, Critical Writing for the Professions); a Mathematics skills course; Effective Speaking Across Audiences; and at least one approved course from each of the following categories: Natural Science, Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Science; and additional liberal arts electives for a total of 30 credits.

Electives 66 credits

Total Credits required to Graduate 120 credits