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Proposal Process

When to Apply

Students are encouraged to begin this process early in their sophomore year. This affords them an opportunity to develop their ideas and to find the necessary faculty support in a timely fashion. Students need to realize that while some proposals are approved, not all Individual Major Program proposals receive the approval of the Committee for Interdisciplinary Studies. So it is imperative to have a viable alternative plan that will not delay the student’s graduation date.

Generally, proposals are not accepted after the first term of a student's junior year. At the time of proposal submission, no more than half the courses for the proposed major can be completed and/or currently elected.

Proposal Deadlines

There will be only one submission deadline per full academic term (fall and winter). These deadlines will occur soon after the middle of the term. Please plan accordingly, because crafting a strong proposal is a process.

The IMP proposal deadline for winter 2017 is Thursday, March 9th.

How to Apply

To be considered by the Committee for Interdisciplinary Studies, students must submit a complete proposal by the appropriate deadline. To be complete, a proposal must include the following information:

NOTE: All the documents above (with the exception of your Faculty Recommendations — see below) should be delivered to the front desk staff of the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, 1255 Angell Hall, by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline.

  • The faculty recommendations should be emailed directly to Tyrone Stewart (tystewrt@umich.edu) by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline; he will append them to the other documents.
  • All documents should be single-sided and not stapled.
  • NOTE: The Committee will not consider incomplete proposals.

Committee meetings are typically one to two weeks after the proposal deadline. The program advisor will communicate the committee's decision via email after the meeting.

Members of the Committee for Interdisciplinary Studies should not be contacted or consulted regarding the summary of their decision (provided by the program advisor) nor can they assist in the writing of your proposal.