MSC Southeast - Individualized Studies
Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Individualized Studies

Start your college education with classes that transfer.


An Associate of Science (AS) Degree in Individualized Studies is the right program if you:

  • are interested in a specific career field or want to explore a particular career area
  • are undecided about your future career
  • want general education courses in the Liberal Arts & Sciences that can transfer to any Minnesota State system college or university

By allowing you to combine and integrate a number of subjects into a degree program, the Associate of Science degree in Individualized Studies will allow you to work toward completing the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) and build on current areas of expertise and experiences.

A 2-year Associate of Science Degree in Individualized Studies is designed around 40 credits of coursework from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum package plus 20 credits from a career-focused pathway. Working with your advisor, you can construct your own degree by selecting classes from these fields:

  • Business
  • Human services
  • Health
  • Computer
  • Trade & Technical
  • Liberal Arts

The Associate of Science degree in Individualized Studies is designed to provide a full complement of Liberal Arts and Science courses transferrable to any Minnesota State system college or university. Typically, students enroll at Minnesota State College Southeast for two years, and then transfer to another college that has agreed to accept this AS degree.

Major Offerings

  • Individualized Studies (AS) View Classes
    Winona/Red Wing - 60 cr

Download the Program Plan

Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire expertise in career options and opportunities in a variety of fields
  2. Analyze and assess personal values and life goals that affect career decision-making
  3. Gain a fundamental understanding of workplace environments
  4. Acquire knowledge of self, and subsequently, one’s capability for self-direction and self-motivation
  5. Utilize the English language to effectively read, write, and listen critically
  6. Perform the mathematical computations necessary to succeed as an employee and as a consumer
  7. Increased understanding in the fields of science and technology
  8. Develop a thoughtful, complete career plan for continuing knowledge and learning in the chosen career field

Individualized Studies Job Placement: 83.3%

View placement information for all majors

Important Documents
I.S. Degree /Career Focus Planning Worksheet (PDF)

Career Opportunities

A degree in Individualized Studies is designed to allow you to choose your own direction with opportunities to focus on:

  • Specialized Careers
  • Structured Program Areas
  • Combined Areas of Expertise
  • Integrated Professions

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • Build Your Own Individualized Degree Plan
  • Multidisciplinary Coursework - in more than one discipline
  • Intradisciplinary Coursework - in all the same discipline
  • Build on Your Areas of Expertise and Experiences
  • Complete MnTransfer Package
  • Assume Self-Directed Learning
  • Develop a Sense of Life-Long Learning
  • Appreciate Reflective Learning


Instructors come from all areas of the college depending on the student's focus. Faculty leads for the Individualized Studies program are:

  • Cindy Ciszewski
    B.A. English, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
    M.A. English Language and Literature, Winona State University
    Cindy Ciszewski came to MSC Southeast in 2010 as a member of the English faculty. Before that, she taught College Reading and Writing at Winona State University and worked in their Writing Center. She has also taught Film and American History at Western Technical College in La Crosse. In her free time, Cindy enjoys reading (of course, she’s an English major), running, cooking, antiquing, and flower gardening. Her favorite time of all, though, is that spent “up-north” with her husband and two daughters.
  • Tamra Graham
    B.A., Music, University of Alaska-Anchorage
    J.D., William Mitchell College of Law
    Tamra Graham was a President's Scholar at William Mitchell College of Law. She has worked in both the public and private legal sectors. Since 2005, she has taught political science, philosophy, and criminal justice courses MSC Southeast. She was raised in Alaska and enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, and many outdoor activities, including geocaching.

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