SUNY Jefferson

Individual Studies AA, AS, or AAS

Program Type: Career and Transfer
Delivery Method: On-campus or online
Personal Interests: Flexibility, customization, varied career options, thinking outside the box
Skill Development: Communication, critical thinking, and specific skills from areas you choose
Career Options: Determined by the program you design
Program Code: HEGIS 5699

Create a Jefferson degree tailored to your interests and passions

One size does not have to fit all when it comes to your education. Choose from any number of disciplines to create a unique degree program that reflects your individual interests and career goals.

You’ll pick classes to explore while completing a liberal arts core in the humanities, social sciences, and science and mathematics.

Core areas include:

  • Basic communication: Express yourself using common college-level formats, revise and improve your work, research a topic, develop an argument, and organize supporting details
  • Mathematics: Use numerical data to solve practical problems and interpret day-to-day information
  • Humanities: Learn conventions and methods from at least one humanities discipline along with other general education areas
  • Social Science: Learn methods to explore social phenomena—observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and mathematical and interpretive analysis

As an individual studies student, your choices will determine the classes you take and the degree you earn—an A.A.S., A.A., or A.S. Jefferson’s individual studies program provides:

  • Strong foundation for further study and career
  • Broad-based perspective on the world and its people
  • Cost savings on general education classes
  • One-on-one attention from your assigned advisor


Build a flexible degree program that meets your unique needs

Your future doesn’t have to be completely mapped out when you start the individual studies program at Jefferson. Instead, pursue classes that meet your individual academic and career goals, then use that experience to continue your education at a four-year college or university or to find entry-level work in the field of your choice. There are few limits to what you can accomplish with this unique degree option.

Learn to communicate, evaluate, and persuade

When you complete an Individual Studies degree you will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively for diverse purposes and audiences
  • Find, evaluate, and accurately credit authoritative sources of information
  • Understand the conventions and methods of at least two disciplines in the humanities (for example, language, literature, arts, or philosophy)
  • Understand the theories and methods of at least two disciplines in the social sciences (for example, psychology, history, sociology, or anthropology)
  • Identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments in their own work and others’ work
  • Complete courses in seven of the 10 SUNY General Education areas, fulfilling requirements for transfer to a SUNY bachelor’s degree program

Transfer to the bachelor’s program of your choice

Complete a Jefferson Individual Studies degree then choose from a wide range of transfer options, including SUNY universities and private colleges.
Currently, Jefferson has formal transfer agreements with Bryant & Stratton College’s Health Services Administration B.S.1, various programs at Columbia College, and various programs at SUNY Empire State College.

1Offered at the Jefferson Higher Education Center and directly on Jefferson's campus

Degree requirements for Individual Studies Associate of Arts (A.A.) 

English (3 credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition

Mathematics Elective (3-4 credit hours)

MTH 144: Elementary Statistics or higher

Mathematics or Science Electives (6-8 credit hours) 

Humanities Electives (12 credit hours)

Social Science Electives (15 credit hours)

Liberal Arts Electives (9 credit hours) 

Free Electives (12 credit hours)


TOTAL 60-63 credit hours


Distribution Requirements

Minimum 60 hours of which 48 are to be Liberal Arts and Sciences with reasonable distribution in humanities, social sciences, and math/science (15-15-9 hours distribution recommended) with remaining 12 hours open electives.


Degree requirements for Individual Studies Associate of Science (A.S.) 

English (3 credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition

Mathematics Elective (3-4 credit hours)

MTH 144: Elementary Statistics or higher 

Liberal Arts Electives (24 credit hours)


Free Electives2 (30 credit hours) 

Total 60-61 credit hours

 

Distribution Requirements

Minimum 60 hours of which 30 are to be Liberal Arts and Sciences with reasonable distribution among humanities, social sciences, and math/science. Remaining 30 hours free electives.

2No more than 12 credits of physical education activity or equivalent coursework may be used to satisfy free elective requirements.


Degree requirements for Individual Studies Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) 

English (3 credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition 

Mathematics Elective (3-4 credit hours)

MTH 144: Elementary Statistics or higher 

Liberal Arts and Science Electives (15 credit hours) 

Free Electives3 (39 credit hours) 

Total 60-61 credit hours 


Distribution Requirements

Minimum 60 hours, of which 21 are to be Liberal Arts and Sciences. Remaining 39 hours free electives.

3No more than 12 credits of physical education activity or equivalent coursework may be used to satisfy free elective requirements. 
 

Program contacts

For On-Campus Students

Dr. Mark Streiff
Chair of Individual Studies
mstreiff@sunyjefferson.edu
(315) 786-2447

For Fort Drum Students

Betsi Bentz
Director of Community Service
bbentz@sunyjefferson.edu
(315) 786-6554
(315) 786-2425

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
admissions@sunyjefferson.edu
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522