About this Program

IDS Individualized Studies Program majors design their own degrees based on majors that are offered at other universities, career research, and consultation with academic experts. It is an alternative for students who may be interested in emerging fields of study, or whose interests do not fit neatly within the requirements of a traditional department.

Program Highlights

  • An Individualized Integrative Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS) major requires perseverance, initiative and thoughtfulness. It is an excellent alternative for those with an entrepreneurial mindset who enjoy setting high standards for themselves, want courses and other learning experiences to be personally meaningful, and really are ready to do the thinking and consultation needed to design their own degree.

  • Senior Project courses offer opportunities for internship, entrepreneurship, individualized projects, and digital portfolios.

Degree Level
Degree Earned
B.A. or B.S.
Delivery Modes


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What are the requirements to apply for Individualized Integrative Studies at ODU?
Students entering the B.A. or B.S. program in Individualized Integrative Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.

To be accepted, the student must be in good academic standing (2.00 GPA) and must submit a proposal outlining an appropriate sequence of courses and other learning experiences. This course sequence cannot duplicate any other major and must include at least 30 hours of courses to be taken after the student is accepted by the Individualized Interdisciplinary Program. Acceptance decisions are made by the Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies, the IDS Advising Committee, and faculty sponsors.


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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

Ways to Save

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