(Click here if you're interested in an individualized minor rather than a major.)
This page explains how to prepare the application materials for an individualized major. Before doing so, please read the Admission Process page to learn how these materials fit into the larger scheme of the IMP admission process.
A final application consists of three parts: the Curriculum Planning Form, Admission Statement, and Schedule Sheets. For a rough draft application, only the Curriculum Planning Form and Admission Statement are required.
Curriculum Planning Form
The Curriculum Planning Form details your proposed course of study. On it you will list all the courses you propose to include in your individualized major along with a brief rationale for each one. You will also list all the courses you've taken or plan to take in fulfillment of general requirements.
Please download the form here:
On the form itself you will find detailed instructions concerning the required numbers of credit hours, upper-level courses, etc. Please contact the IMP office if you have any questions.
The following resources may be helpful as you select courses:
- Advice from your sponsor(s) and other faculty members
- College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Academic Bulletin
- Bulletins of other IU Bloomington schools
- The websites of various academic departments and schools
Your personalized Academic Advisement Report (AAR), which is available through the Student Center in One.IU, will help you identify which general requirements you have already fulfilled and which ones are outstanding. For best results, run a "What-if Advisement Report" with the following settings:
- Academic Program: Arts & Sciences Undergraduate
- Academic Plan Type: Major
- Area of Study: Individualized Major BA
If you need help with your AAR, please contact the IMP office.
It is understood that course offerings sometimes change or that you may later learn of a course that is a better fit for your major than one you originally proposed. For those reasons, the curriculum plan is not set in stone: it's possible to make adjustments after admission with your sponsor's approval. Still, you should make sure that the Curriculum Planning Form is filled out completely and that the course of study it describes is one you'd be glad to undertake as is.
The final version of your Curriculum Planning Form must be signed by your sponsor(s). This signature indicates that your sponsor(s) have read and approved both the Curriculum Planning Form and the Admission Statement. The rough draft version does not require a signature.Top of page
The Admission Statement is a two- to three-page essay in which you'll discuss the overall concept of your proposed major and the reasons it should be approved by the admission committee. This is an opportunity for you to expand on the logic behind your curriculum plan and explain how the various pieces of your proposed major fit together to form a coherent and meaningful whole.
Every Admission Statement should address the following topics:
- Whether the major resembles others that are regularly offered at IU Bloomington and, if so, how the proposed IMP major differs from others it may resemble.
- The scope of the major and how it achieves both comprehensiveness and coherence (in other words, how it avoids being either too broad or too narrowly focused). Many established majors such as history, political science, etc., are designed to balance qualities of breadth and depth. Depth is generally achieved by focusing three of the required 300-400 level courses on a single subtopic.
- What you hope to learn from completing the proposed major. This might seem self-explanatory; however, the admission committee will want assurance that you’ve thought it through carefully. Your statement of objectives can include the goal of acquiring skills that will assist you in some future career, but it shouldn’t be limited to that. Every major in the IMP should be designed to expand the student’s awareness of the cultural and social significance of the subject, its history, its relationship with various intellectual disciplines, and/or other broad contexts that are consistent with the goals of other areas of instruction in the liberal arts.
- How your proposed final project will integrate the various elements of your major (courses, internships, etc.).
- Why the major is a good fit for you, whether you’ll be successful pursuing it, and how your academic record reflects your qualifications (or, if you feel your record doesn’t accurately reflect your potential for success, what assures you your performance will be stronger in the future).
Keep in mind that the Admission Statement will provide the committee with their first impressions of you and of the major you're proposing. Please take care to prepare a polished essay that includes page numbers and is free of grammatical and spelling errors.Top of page
Schedule sheets are used by the IMP office to arrange admission interviews. Please complete one for yourself and ask each of your sponsors to complete one. Schedule sheets are due on the final application deadline. They are not required at the rough draft stage.Top of page