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An individually initiated major (IIM) or minor provides you an opportunity to develop a path that demonstrates a depth of learning and a unique combination of two or more subject areas. With the assistance of faculty advisors, you will design a coherent sequence of studies selected from academic areas or subjects listed in the College Catalog. Such study allows you the freedom to construct a unique major or minor that encourages creative synthesis of inter-relationships across disciplines. Adherence to the steps and deadlines outlined below is critical to timely completion of your degree.
Qualifications for the IIM
A student pursuing an IIM should demonstrate a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and has earned fewer than 60 credits.
The request for an IIM should originate in conversation between the student and their academic advisor. Together, they consider whether or not this curriculum plan makes sense in light of the student’s goal. The student should review requirements in the course catalog, complete the IIM Contract found on the Registrar portal tab, and meet with key personnel whose signatures are required.
The IIM Contract must be submitted by the student’s academic advisor to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) chair before completion of 60 credits of undergraduate work. Most often, this would be in the spring semester of the sophomore year. Transfer students entering with more than 60 credits must submit an IIM Contract in the first semester of matriculation at the College. Transfer students may need more than the usual number of semesters to complete the IIM requirements.
The IIM should contain at least 45 credits, distributed across two or three academic areas. Each of two areas should be represented with 18-24 credits. If a third area is selected, it should be developed as the equivalent of a minor area of study, with 12 credits of course work. The IIM must include 2000/3000/4000 level courses and a minimum of one 3000+ level course from each of the academic areas included in the major.
The IIM must also contain an appropriate integrative capstone course to demonstrate that the goals of the curriculum plan have been achieved. Students are encouraged to include internships and/or 4000 level independent learning experiences.
It is the responsibility of the Department Chairpersons, faculty advisors and UCC to ensure that the IIM has academic integrity, meets the requirements and expectations of the respective departments, and fulfills the mission objectives of the College.
The IIMinor should contain at least 15 credits, distributed across at least two academic areas, with a minimum of nine credits at the 2000 and 3000 level. The IIMinor must include a minimum of three credits at the 3000+ level .
It is the responsibility of the Department Chairpersons, faculty advisors, and UCC to ensure that the IIMinor has academic integrity, meets the requirements and expectations of the respective departments, and fulfills the mission objectives of the College.
The IIM Contract and the IIM Adjustment forms are available on the Registrar portal tab.
Students meets with their academic advisor to develop an IIM Contract. The academic advisor forwards the student’s completed IIM Contract to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) chair prior to completing 60 credits of study.
Any changes in the IIM are for extenuating circumstances only and must be requested on the IIM Adjustment Form found on the Registrar portal tab and submitted by the faculty advisor to UCC for approval. Copies of a UCC-approved IIM are forwarded to the Registrar as well as to the student and academic advisor by the UCC chair.