At a Glance
Credits: 120 to graduate, 50 upper division
Track: Self-designed, interdisciplinary
Schedule: Day, evening, online, and distance
Fall: March 1 (priority), August 1 (final);
Spring: October 1 (priority), December 1 (final);
Design Your Own Bachelor's Degree
Are you interested in studying more than one discipline? Are you struggling to find the right major that "fits" your life goals? Are you the kind of person who likes to pave your own way? If so, the Inter-College Program (ICP) at the University of Minnesota's College of Continuing Education may be for you.
This self-designed, cross-collegiate program empowers you to design a bachelor's degree that will uniquely prepare you to compete and succeed in a complex world. And it provides a creative, supportive learning environment to explore your interests and goals.
In addition, employers and graduate programs are impressed with the initiative, creativity, communication and curriculum development skills it takes to create an individualized degree.
Your ICP adviser will
- Help you explore your interests and the full range of options available at the University;
- Work with you to design a degree program that meets your needs;
- Offer ongoing support to ensure a rewarding academic experience.
Tailored to Your Strengths and Goals
The highly flexible ICP degree allows you to design a two-area, three-area, or interdisciplinary thematic program. Two- and three-area programs are defined by academic departments; thematic programs revolve around a single theme.
Sample Two-Area Programs
Goal: Peace Corps Volunteer
Plan: Construction Management and Spanish
Goal: Entrepreneur in Green Economy
Plan: Applied Business and Sustainability Studies
Goal: Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Plan: Addiction Studies and Psychology
Goal: IT Management
Plan: Carlson School of Management and IT Infrastructure
Sample Three-Area Programs
Goal: Graduate Studies in Social Work
Plan: Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work
Goal: Work with Underprivileged Youth
Plan: Youth Studies, Afro-American Studies, and Public Health
Goal: Global Trade
Plan: Carlson School of Management, Manufacturing Operations Management, Economics
Sample Thematic Programs
Goal: Pre-Med / -Nursing / -Phys. Asst.
Theme: Health and Wellness
Goal: Sustainable Development
Theme: Sustainability, the Environment and Health
Goal: Iconic Species Zoologist
Theme: Animal Behavior and Anthrozoology