In the 1969-1970 Course Bulletin for the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, the IMP (nèe ICP) was described as follows:
This is our constitutional language. Times have changed, “concentrations” are now “majors,” but what remains the same is the requirement of a “special academic interest.”
Do you have a special academic interest?
Do you have an academic curiosity or are you seeking a career?
An IMP cannot focus on career preparation; however, to optimize your education toward your career goals, explore these options:
Meet with you LSA academic advisor to discuss what you want from a major.
Consider attending the Major/Minor Expo and talk with faculty and advisors from many majors.
Strategize with the LSA Opportunity Hub to craft the connections between your total education and career goals.
Can you clearly articulate what you want to learn about?
- Your IMP should have should have a broad but coherent academic focus. What are the three questions that best summarize your interests?
The goal of an IMP must be to learn about something, not how to do something. What is your learning goal?
The IMP is very much a LSA major. Only 6 non-LSA credits are permitted in the proposed curriculum of 34 upper-level credits.
Have you spoken with advisors and faculty about these ideas?
Crafting an IMP proposal is not a solo effort:
To assist you in determining if your idea is alligned with the goals of the IMP program, please go through the IMP idea flowchart.