Individual Concentration Program (ICP)
1255 Angell Hall
435 South State Street
(734) 764-0332 (phone)
(734) 764-2772 (fax)
David R. Smith, ICP Advisor
May be approved as a special concentration
The 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 ideas.
Since 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 upper-level
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, International Relations,
Studies in Religion, Science and Society, Urban Studies, Health
and Illness, Studies in Criminal and Social Justice.
Students interested in developing an ICP must meet
with 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) a letter of recommendation
from two 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 six 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
The 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.
When 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.
Advising. Appointments 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.
Honors Individual Concentration Program (HICP).
The Honors ICP is intended for exceptional students who wish
to undertake a liberal arts program of study not currently available
in an existing departmental concentration or program. Most HICPs
are interdepartmental or interdisciplinary in character and include
courses from a variety of sources. While the HICP encourages
diversity and flexibility, each HICP must have an identifiable
academic focus within LS&A, an appropriate disciplinary base,
and unifying theme, and culminate in the writing of an Honors
thesis. An HICP should not be a specialization within an already
existing concentration. It should include an adequate number
of prerequisite courses.
Since HICPs require an unusual level of intellectual
competence and maturity, an overall GPA of 3.5 and, in most cases,
a 3.7 in courses related to the HICP subject are required for
admission to the program. The Honors Academic Board reviews all
Graduation with "Honors," "High
Honors," or "Highest Honors" is granted upon recommendation
of the thesis advisor and readers.
Honors Advising. Students interested in
submitting an HICP should schedule an appointment with Ms. Liina
Wallin, Associate Director of the Honors Program, to discuss
goals and procedures. A formal prospectus, developed in consultation
with appropriate faculty advisor, is then submitted for review.
Residential College Individual Concentration
Program (RCICP). The Residential College offers the opportunity
to formulate an individualized concentration to RC students unable
to find an existing degree program within the Residential College,
or in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, which
meets their specific academic needs and interests. Students wishing
to pursue this option must have a good idea of what they want
to achieve, consult with RC faculty and (where appropriate) other
UM faculty, and develop a carefully thought out academic plan
Note: Students who wish to declare an individualized
concentration are strongly advised to do so before the end of
their sophomore year. Under exceptional circumstances an individualized
concentration may be approved as late as during the junior year,
but in no cases during the senior year.
RC Advising. Students interested in this
option should start by discussing the matter with the head of
the RC Individualized Concentration Program (ICP), whose name
can be obtained at the RC Counseling Office in 134 Tyler. With
the assistance of the ICP head, the student will need to identify
one or two faculty members at least one of whom is on
the RC faculty willing to serve as her/his concentration
advisor(s). The concentration advisor(s) will help the student
formulate an appropriate academic plan of study, and that plan
must be approved by the advisor(s) and by the ICP head before
the student can formally declare the individualized concentration.
After the concentration is declared, the student must continue
to consult with her/his advisor(s) at least once a term before
registering for courses in the following term; and completion
of the concentration must be certified by an advisor who is a
member of the RC faculty.
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