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Academic Requirements and Policies

Academic Requirements

  • Since the Individualized Major Program leads to an A.B. or B.S. degree, students must meet the A.B./B.S. requirements (i.e., first-year writing, upper-level writing, second language, race and ethnicity, quantitative reasoning, and an area distribution plan). NOTE: Students may complete the upper-level writing requirement (ULWR) by electing any course approved for that purpose, but are strongly encouraged to include a ULWR course in their Individualized Major Program if possible.
  • An Individualized Major Program must include a minimum of 34 upper-level credits (usually 300- & 400-level courses).  
  • As part of their proposed curriculum students in the program must complete a Senior Seminar (UC 455, 3 credits) and Senior Project (UC 399/499 1-3 credits).  Credits from the seminar and project may be included in the required 34 upper-level credits.

Additional Policies

  • A maximum of 6 non-LSA credits may be used for an Individualized Major Program.
  • Students with an Individualized Major Program may elect a double major; however, no course used for an Individualized Major Program may be used as part of the second major. Unlike other majors, the IMP does not "share classes" with another major.
  • No course used for an Individualized Major Program may be used in an area distribution plan. Courses used for a second major may also be used for area distribution, but Individualized Major Program courses are always excluded from distribution.
  • Courses in departments from which students have 12 or more credits in the core requirements of their Individualized Major Program may not be used for area distribution.
  • Like other LSA majors, a maximum of one course may be used for both an Individualized Major Program and a minor.
  • At the time of proposal submission, no more than half the courses for the proposed major (17 credits) can be completed and/or currently elected.
  • Generally, proposals are not accepted after the first term of a student's junior year.