Individualized Studies

Are you a capable and motivated student with a great idea for a major that doesn’t quite fit into a traditional program of study? If so, you might be a perfect candidate for the individualized studies major.

Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Major On Campus 120

Why Choose Individualized Studies at Wilkes?

If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for among the 45 majors and scores of minors in the broad catalog of Ӱֱapp’s BA or BS program offerings, the individualized study path could be a great option. You’ll need to submit a proposal articulating which courses you will take to reach the 120-credit requirement for what is, in essence, a custom major made just for you. Students who choose this path are encouraged to work with their advisors to formulate the plan to ensure that all requirements will be met.

What Will You Learn as an Individualized Studies Major?

In addition to the coursework you’ve chosen as part of your individualized study program, all students gain the following skills as the foundations of a Ӱֱapp education:

  • In your first year, you’ll participate in the First Year Foundations program that will help you to develop self-knowledge and transition smoothly into the Ӱֱappcommunity of learners.
  • You’ll learn both written and oral communication skills for a variety of applications.
  • You’ll be taught critical thinking strategies, quantitative skills, computer literacy and diversity awareness as part of a global community.

Program Highlights


The Center for Career Development and Internships pairs hundreds of students every year with internships that complement their studies. Many of these internships evolve into paid positions; some even before graduation.

Study Abroad

As a liberal arts institute, Ӱֱapp values scholars that are broadly trained, critical thinkers, and skilled communicators. The Study Abroad Office works to give all students opportunities to have experiences abroad whether these experiences are a week, summer, or semester-long. Travel options include student exchange to countries including Spain, the UK and Columbia; rich travel experiences abroad with your professors and fellow students to locales such as the Galapagos Islands, Switzerland, Austria, Peru and Malaysia.

Clubs and Organizations

With over 80 active clubs and organizations at Wilkes, you’ll never be bored. Early in your first year you’ll have the opportunity to attend Club Day with your classmates, where you can find clubs of all interests and disciplines. Or you can start your own!

Ӱֱappwas a place for me to foster my intelligence and critical thinking. Keep your options open. Don’t be afraid to go off road and see what happens.

Brianna Schunk '20 - Inidividualized Studies and English


Brianna Schunk Finds Passion in Performance