Concentration Program (ICP)
be elected as a special concentration program
Individual Concentration Program (ICP) is an option for students
who wish to undertake a program of study within the College of
LS&A that is not available either in an existing departmental
concentration or interdepartmental program. ICPs are interdisciplinary
and reflect the liberal arts perspective of LS&A. The ICP
encourages diversity and flexibility, but all ICPs must have
an identifiable academic focus and unifying theme. As with other
concentrations, ICPs must stress development of skills to think
critically, to understand and evaluate knowledge, and to develop
an ICP leads to an A.B. or B.S. degree, students must meet A.B./B.S.
requirements (English Composition, language, race and ethnicity,
and quantitative reasoning requirements, and an area distribution
plan). Students may complete the Junior/Senior writing requirement
by electing any course approved for that purpose but are urged
to seek courses relevant to their concentration. Courses in departments
from which students have 12 or more concentration credits may
not be used to meet the distribution requirement. Students with
an ICP may elect a double concentration provided the ICP courses
are not used as part of the second concentration or for area
distribution. Recent ICPs have included Community Studies, Computers
and Cultural Animation, Environmental Studies, International
Relations, and Studies in Religion.
interested in developing an ICP should visit the ICP advisor
to discuss goals, academic options, and procedures. After this
initial discussion, a formal application may be submitted. This
application must include: (1) a title and supporting statement
containing a coherent rationale for the proposed program; (2)
a comprehensive academic plan of at least 30 upper-level credits;
and (3) the signatures of faculty members from two LS&A departments
offering courses in the student's defined concentration. These
faculty should have discussed the proposed program with the student
and support the proposal. A maximum of 6 non-LS&A credits
may be included in the concentration. No more than half the proposed
concentration courses can be completed and/or currently elected
at the time the ICP application is submitted. Applications are
generally made prior to the senior year. Only one course from
an ICP may be used toward completing the requirements of an academic
completed application is reviewed by the Committee on Interdisciplinary
Studies, a five-member committee composed of four LS&A
faculty members and a representative of the Academic Advising
Center. The committee bases its decision on whether the proposed
program ensures a coherent course of study comparable to that
in other College concentration programs.
an ICP has been approved, the student may proceed with the program.
If it becomes necessary or desirable to modify an ICP, the student
must consult the ICP advisor.
with the ICP advisor, David R. Smith, are scheduled at the Academic
Advising Center, 1255 Angell Hall. ICP applications are available
in 1255 Angell Hall and when completed should be returned there.
Students interested in an Honors ICP should contact the Honors
Program in 1228 Angell Hall.
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