What Can I Do with a Major in Individualized Studies?

The Individualized Studies: Western Program is dedicated to developing students as independent thinkers with the skills to address the complex challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century. Western's seminar style classes emphasize critical analysis, integration of ideas, class discussion, and writing—skills that are essential for future success.

Individualized Studies majors*:
  • design and conduct major research projects
  • take purposeful risks
  • live as an active member of a community
  • synthesize and integrate information and ideas
  • deal with ambiguity, irony and paradox

Individualized Studies graduates have a strong background in analysis, interpretation, and problem-solving. Many begin a graduate program for a master's or a Ph.D. or attend law school. Others seek work in a non-profit organization or a corporate setting. Some graduates spend several years working for Teach for America, Americorps, or the Peace Corps, or start their own enterprises as marketers or entrepreneurs.

Career options for Individualized Studies majors are extensive and depend, in part, on the student's self-designed curriculum. The expertise acquired through the senior project will give Individualized Studies graduates a competitive edge in their chosen career fields.

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*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Individualized Studies majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.