The Individualized Major Program (IMP) meets the needs of students who may wish to major in traditional disciplines or interdisciplinary areas for which majors are not available at IUS, as well as those students who wish to fashion unique and original interdisciplinary majors that reflect their individual experience, interests, and needs. The IMP can also serve transfer students who wish to continue work started elsewhere in areas in which IUS has faculty expertise but no organized majors.
Unlike other majors, which prescribe a fixed area of study, the individualized major provides a structure that allows students, in consultation with faculty members, to design their own majors on various topics and fields of study. Each major course of study varies according to the needs and interests of individual students. Students work closely with faculty advisors, and all individualized majors are overseen and approved by a faculty committee that ensures each student-designed major has intellectual integrity and rigor.