‘Your Degree, Your Interests, Your Life!’ AUM Offers New Individualized Bachelor Degree

New IBA allows students to design a degree program that meets their individual needs and goals

AUM_Class_2013_Shirts_photo_croppedYELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio—Antioch University Midwest (AUM) is accepting applications for its new and unique low residency Individualized Bachelor of Arts (IBA) degree program. The Individualized Bachelor of Arts major in Liberal Studies is designed for students who have specific academic or personal goals and want to develop their own degree.

The IBA is modeled after AUM’s successful and popular Individualized Master of Arts program and enables students to combine their personal or professional experiences with their academic experiences for a unique and custom Bachelor of Arts degree. The IBA in Liberal Studies serves as a foundation for students’ specific interests for professional development, making a career change, or preparing themselves for future studies.

“The IBA is exciting in that no two degrees will look the same; the opportunities are limitless,” said Undergraduate Studies Chair Joe Cronin. “But the IBA isn’t for everyone. It’s designed for those students who have specific ideas about what they would like to study that may not be available in other places. The IBA degree empowers individuals to create their own course of study to help them achieve their personal or professional goals.”

Students will be able to focus on one of the seven existing BA majors at AUM or combine courses from multiple majors to create their own degree. The current areas of study are Creative Writing, Health and Wellness, Human Services Administration, Humanities, Literature, Management, and Sustainability. The IBA is a total of 54 credit hours.

AUM is a transfer intentional institution and in all of the BA degree completion majors including the IBA, students may transfer in credits from community colleges or other institutions of higher education.  Antioch University Midwest is also a military-friendly school and participates in the VA Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program.

For many adult learners going back to college is never convenient. The IBA program is a low-residency, hybrid model so students do not need to live in the MiamiValley or attend classes on campus. Students get to know their classmates through limited residencies on campus or through virtual residencies and will complete their coursework online.  Faculty and staff make a special commitment to continue to provide quality, one-on-one support to each of the students within the program.  The IBA places an emphasis on critical thinking, writing, reflection, and research in whichever concentration a student chooses.

More information about the Individualized Bachelor of Arts program is available at midwest.antioch.edu/academics/iba/

About Antioch University Midwest: Antioch University Midwest is one of the five campuses of AntiochUniversity, an institution proud of serving adult learners and their specific needs for twenty five years. Antioch University is a not for profit 501c3 multi-campus university of more than 4,000 students who study at the Antioch Midwest campus in Yellow Springs, OH, and at campuses in Seattle, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Keene, New Hampshire, online and around the world!

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Media Contact:
Audrey Treasure
Antioch University Midwest