Individualized Study

The AAS degree in applied arts and sciences offers students the opportunity to create an individualized undergraduate major. The degree requires students to complete at least 60 credit hours of course work comprising 24 credit hours in general education along with 36 credit hours in one or two professional concentrations. Each concentration is customized by the student with guidance and advice from their academic adviser. A professional concentration is at least 20 credit hours and can be designed from most of RIT's majors. 

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Work closely with faculty and academic advisors to design a unique, multidisciplinary plan of study that combines several areas of academic knowledge and interest to create an individualized major customized by you.

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The applied arts and sciences major offers students the opportunity to create individualized undergraduate programs of study through three levels of study: a bachelor of science degree, an associate of applied science degree, and a diploma. Further information for all three levels can be found under the applied arts and sciences BS program.

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The MS in professional studies program enables students to create an individualized plan of study tailored to their personal and professional goals. The degree offers students the opportunity to draw on more than 50 of RIT's graduate programs to gain the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to respond successfully to new and emerging career opportunities.

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Some of RIT's accepted students have interests that span two or more colleges. To help these students choose the academic program that best meets their career interests and goals, RIT offers the university exploration option. University exploration, RIT's broadest and most flexible undeclared option, allows students up to a year to explore more than 90 bachelor’s degree programs while completing courses in general education, math, and science. Students work individually with experienced advisers who make suggestions on course work and programs of study. Through advising and individual interaction with faculty and department chairs, students narrow their focus on a major that matches their career interests and goals.

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