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Alum Success

For me, everything started at Lake State. I got such a well-rounded communication background after spending four years as a student athlete at LSSU. I was able to work behind the scenes for our hockey and basketball programs, while also being an active member on campus. I even had the opportunity to practice journalism on a study abroad trip to Costa Rica with the Honors program. After I graduated, I decided to dive a little deeper into the field by pursuing a Masterís degree in Broadcast Journalism, specializing in Sports Reporting, at Boston University. I felt like I had developed such a strong base at LSSU, and as a result, while studying and working in Boston, I was able to really refine my skills and become more marketable. I am so grateful for the experiences I gained in this entire process. What I learned as a Laker got me into a top broadcast graduate program at Boston University. While in Boston I was able to cover a variety of incredible events: from the 2012 presidential election, to the Red Sox World Series title at Fenway Park, to the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line. I landed my first full time journalism job at ABC 6 News in Rochester, Minnesota as a sports anchor and reporter. It requires an incredible amount of hard work and dedication, but it feels so awesome to say that I truly love what I do. Itís been such a ride, but I will never forget where it all started!

Jeanna Radzinski

Individualized Studies

Provides an opportunity to specialize in two or more academic areas.

Do you have a career choice in mind where a regular degree will not give you the background you need?

Specialized Program
 
Degrees

The individual studies degree may be appropriate if you desire an unusually specialized program. The purpose of the degree is to provide you an opportunity to specialize in two or more academic areas. You will meet with an academic advisor to plan an individualized studies academic program that reflects your professional and personal goals.

Guidelines for an individualized studies degree are:

  1. Contact a department chair or regional site director with a preliminary plan for degree development.
  2. The department chair or regional site director will identify possible faculty advisor/s or another department chair to counsel you in degree planning.
  3. The advisor/s will assist you in the development of the proposal. The proposal must include justification for specialization and a list of courses which meet the individualized studies degree requirement including:
    1. a. general education requirements.
    2. minimum of 124 credits and a minimum of 32 hours on campus or a minimum of 32 hours of LSSU classes offered at a regional center. Fifty percent of the 300-400 level credits used in the concentration areas must be completed with LSSU classes.
    3. 24 credits at 300/400 level in addition to general education requirements and a 2.00 cumulative GPA.
    4. BA or BS degree requirement.
  4. You need to contact the chairperson of the Individualized Studies Committee to schedule a committee meeting.
  5. You will present the degree proposal to the committee for review. It is recommended that your advisor attend this meeting.
  6. The committee will approve your original proposal, approve your proposal with recommended changes, or not approve your degree proposal.
  7. You and your advisor will submit an approved Degree Audit Sheet to the chairperson to be distributed to the committee.
  8. You will process a Curriculum Change Sheet.
  9. Any course changes from the approved program must be submitted to the committee for approval.
  

Average Starting Salary of LSSU Graduates*

  • $35,666

*Based on survey of 2004-2006 LSSU graduates
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