Individual Major Program Advising

Day to day advising questions (e.g., course planning, progress checks, co-curricular activities, career planning) are handled by the Program Advisor.  

To set up an appointment, please call the Newnan Advising Center front desk at (734) 764-0332 and ask for an "I.M.P. appointment."  If the front desk is not able to find an available appointment that works for your schedule, you may email the Program Advisor directly.  Please include your available times in the email.  In most cases, however, the quickest way to get a response is from the Newnan Center front desk.

Because Individual Major Programs are self-designed and unique, the LSA Audit Checklist does not know which courses to exclude from distribution.  This is the case even for double majors since we must count your IMP as the "primary major" (i.e., the one excluded from distribution).  It is important, therefore, that Individual Major Program students review the academic policies governing the Program and keep in close contact with the Program Advisor to chart their progress on distribution and college wide requirements as well as on their individual plan for the majors.

Faculty Mentors

One of the great benefits of doing an Individual Major Program is the chance to work closely with your faculty mentor.  Many students have forged relationships with the faculty mentors that they list as among the most important elements of their undergraduate experience.  If a faculty member has offered this opportunity to you, make the most of it.

Of course, you should always be very respectful of your faculty mentor's time.  Be prompt and succinct in your communications.  Be on time and prepared for meetings.  Always observe proper etiquette and conduct yourself as a "junior colleague."

At least once per semester you should update your faculty mentor about your recent coursework and activities as well as your plans for the future.  Send these updates via email and request a brief (20-30 minute) meeting to discuss your intellectual development in the faculty mentor's area of expertise.  You should also ask your mentor about campus or national activities related to your major (e.g., lectures, conferences, publications, research opportunities) as well as other people on campus who are interested in similar issues.

Changes to Your Curriculum

Your Individual Major Program curriculum should have included some flexibility and alternate courses.  However, sometimes it is necessary to make additional changes.  Professors leave, courses are no longer offered or conflict with one another.  We also want your major to have room for intellectual development and changes in emphasis.  Usually small changes to the curriculum accepted by the Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies are not a problem as long as they are in the spirit of the original proposal. 

Students wish to make changes to their accepted proposals should submit these requests in writing to the Program Advisor.  Requests should include:

  1. The title and learning objectives of the original course (i.e., what role this course played in the proposal as originally accepted).
  2. The title and learning objectives and the new course.
  3. A brief explanation of the reason for the change.

In some cases the Program Advisor may require that a student’s faculty mentor endorse the change.  Changes that fundamentally shift the focus of the proposed major will need to be approved by the Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies as well.

Major Releases

A major release is a form provided by the Program Advisor to the LSA Auditors stating precisely which completed and in-progress courses are being used for the plan for the major; and which requirements must still be fulfilled for graduation.  Students will receive a major release as part of the Senior Seminar in fall of their senior year.  This release is always provisional until your Senior Project has received final approval.