Requirements and Courses

Inter-College Program (ICP) areas of study are defined by academic departments from around the University, such as History, Psychology, Youth Studies, Applied Business, Carlson School of Management, Communications, etc. ICP areas of study are smaller than full majors but larger than or equivalent to minors.

You would apply after you've finished 50 credits. These credits may be taken at the U (you need not be admitted to register).  Courses from other colleges may also fill a requirement. Talk with an ICP adviser and see Transferology for information. 

As an ICP graduate, your diploma will list the standard information of a U of M graduate -- the degree awarded (B.A. or B.S.) and any formal honors you've earned (Latin honors or distinction or both). Your transcript will list your degree (B.A. or B.S.), the date conferred, the College of Continuing Education, the Inter-College Program, your graduation GPA, and any formal honors you've earned.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Options

B.A. degrees include significant course work in the liberal arts, such as that found in arts and humanities and the social sciences.

  • The two-area degree option consists of 20 upper- division credits in each large area and 10 upper- division elective credits.
  • The three-area degree option consists of 20 upper- division credits in a large area, 12 upper- division credits in each of two smaller areas, and 6 upper division elective credits.
  • The thematic degree option requires 40 upper- division credits chosen from at least three departments and two colleges, with 10 upper-division elective credits. Course work must have a consistent theme throughout.
  • B.A. degrees also require completion of second language studies, which can be satisfied with the completion of one of two options: 1) four semesters of a single second language, or 2) two semesters of a single second language and at least eight credits of course-work that focuses on cultural, historical, or political aspects of any country/region associated with that language.

Bachelor of Science Degree Options

B.S. degrees are those that pertain to the physical or biological sciences, have significant quantitative or investigative tools/methods expectations, or have a pronounced applied/professional component (e.g., public health, education, business, social work).

  • The two-area degree option requires 21 upper division credits in each of two large areas and 8 upper division supporting credits.
  • The three-area degree option consists of 20 upper division credits in one large area and 15 upper division credits in each of two small areas.
  • The thematic degree option requires 50 upper division credits chosen from at least three departments and two colleges. Course work must have a consistent theme throughout.