Individual Studies Program

Director: Stephen Lee

The Individual Studies Program (ISP) major has been established to meet the needs of students who wish to design a course of studies with a multidisciplinary perspective. Students who want to pursue an ISP major should begin by scheduling a meeting with the program director to obtain a list of instructions regarding administrative details.

Requirements for the Major

In addition to fulfilling Undergraduate Core Curriculum requirements for the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees, students majoring in ISP must complete the following departmental requirements:

  • Be a full-time student at Santa Clara for at least one year

  • Have fewer than 111 quarter units of academic work completed at the time of application

  • Have a minimum 3.0 grade point average

  • Submit a Petition for Admission to the ISP director for review and approval. The petition should include:

  • A clear, logical, and conceptually refined description of the proposed program

  • A well-developed argument, supported by appropriate evidence, showing that no existing academic major can meet the student's educational objectives

  • A plan of study listing courses, seminars, internships, etc., that meets the student's educational objectives and fulfills the requirements of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum

  • Identifying a faculty advisor or advisors whose areas of expertise overlap with the student's proposed area of study, and who have agreed to serve as the student's academic advisor for the proposed ISP major plan

Be advised that ISP majors within the College of Arts and Sciences can only be associated with a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree or a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in social sciences.

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