Peg VanBeane, Program Coordinator
Department Office: Dempsey Hall 130
Department Telephone: 920-424-3454


Faculty from all disciplines may be involved in the individually planned major.


Undergraduate: The Individually Planned Major may lead to the degrees: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor or Science.



The Individually Planned Major (IPM) allows students with special goals that are not met by existing majors to plan an interdisciplinary major. The IPM is not to be used to create a major for which the University has no curricular authorization or to duplicate a major available at another state institution. Its design permits the student to take University courses in sequence and combinations not available through established majors. Existing courses are selected by the student and the advisors with expertise in the specific areas of the planned major. The student prepares a written curricular plan for submission to the appropriate Dean of the College for approval of the plan and the committee. Lastly, the plan is forwarded to the approved Academic Program Committee. Upon approval, this plan becomes a contract the student must fulfill. When the student graduates, the transcript is marked Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science degree, Individually Planned Major: as determined by the Academic Program Committee.


The Individually planned minor allows students who are earning the Bachelor of Science-Human Services degree to develop a plan of coursework for a minor created around a theme which will complement the Human Services major. The plan must be submitted to the Coordinator of Academic Advisement for the College of Education and Human Services and forwarded for approval by the Department of Human Services. Upon approval, the plan becomes a contract for the minor which the student must complete prior to graduation.


Since each major is designed specifically for the student, a detailed description of an Individually Planned Major is impossible. However, in addition to meeting either Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science general requirements, the plan consists of the following: a major of at least 34 interdisciplinary credits designed by the student and area advisors and approved by the College Dean and referred to the Academic Program Committee for the program approval as constituting a major; A minimum of 35 credits of the 128 required for graduation must be taken in upper division courses.


The sequence of courses required of the student are developed in two steps: the conference stage and the contract stage.

The Conference Stage permits the student and different advisors who have expertise in the student's area of interest to discuss the validity of the Individually Planned Major as a vehicle to achieve the academic or career goals of the student.

The Contract Stage begins with a written statement of the proposed major being prepared by the student and advisor and submitted to the College Dean for approval and a special Academic Program Committee appointed by the College Dean that shall issue the major.

The Academic Program Committee must approve both the program and the name of the major. Once the major is approved by the Academic Program Committee, the student is expected to follow the planned course sequence.


Students should first meet with the IPM Coordinator in Dempsey Hall 130 for initial consultation.

Other advisors will be those with expertise in the various areas of study relating to the primary topic selected by the student. The Academic Program Committee will be chaired by a faculty member from a department associated with the primary topic of the students' IPM; the committee will consist of interdisciplinary faculty working with the student.

The Academic Program Committee will consist of the interdisciplinary advisors working with the student.

The Chairperson of the Academic Program Committee will be a person in the major area of interest.


Students should seek admittance to the program prior to the end of the sophomore year or completion of 60 credits.

A specific academic or career goal must be identified that cannot be met by existing University curricula.

At the time of initial planning of the major the student must have a cumulative grade point of not less than 2.5 and achieved acceptable grades in courses or examinations already taken that are allied with the student's major.

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Last Updated July 1, 1999