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Recent IMP Topics

Below you will find recent IMP topics that prospective students have proposed:

  • IMP proposals focused on Urban Studies and Comparative Religion have historically fared well in the program due to availability of coursework relative to those topics and supporting faculty.
  • Health-Related IMPs have been popular, but fewer and fewer have been accepted in recent years due to the increasing number of departmental minors or other options that touch upon the subject of health as a cultural construct and social phenomena. Students with interest in proposing a health-related IMP are STRONGLY encouraged to concurrently pursue a workable alternative major.
  • Business-Related IMPs are categorically denied because the IMP was intended as a liberal arts major, and a business major would be inherently pre-professional. Furthermore, only 6 non-LSA credits may count toward the 34 upper-level credits of their proposed curriculum.
  • Everything Else: IMP topics that capitalize on the diversity of LSA coursework and explore well-formed questions, issues, topics, or social problems in novel ways are what the IMP was intended to address. Recent students have explored religion, women & society, the role of rhetoric in social change, the cultural role of sound media, and interdisciplinary perspectives on genetic counseling. As a major option predicated on a student exhausting existing undergraduate major/minor options, “everything else” is only limited by a student’s willingness to create a rigorous plan of study markedly different from what already exists.

The IMP advisor is willing to discuss your ideas for the IMP and help you clarify your learning goals (if they are not already covered in existing majors, minors, or other program options). It is imperative that you develop your own rationale for why an IMP is needed to explore your central learning goals.