Students with clearly defined educational goals that do not correspond to existing programs at NMU can choose this bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree with the phrase “Individualized Studies” appearing in place of the major on the transcript. In consultation with their advisers, students develop a program of individualized concentration which is then submitted to the Committee for Undergraduate Programs (CUP). Students can select their own advisers or obtain advice in the Registrar’s Office about which advisers might be most suitable.

The form used to develop the individually created program is available in the Registrar's Office. Once the program is drawn up and approved by the CUP, the approved outline is filed with the Registrar’s Office as an official contract. Any changes in the contract are submitted to the CUP and filed. The committee may withdraw approval on the recommendation of the adviser in cases where the student’s academic capacities clearly fall short of the stated goals.

For department information or additional degree requirements, go to the Interdisciplinary and Individually Created Programs department page.

Total Credits Required 120
General Education
Concentration 52
Approved program courses 48
ICP 498 Directed Study for Individually Created Program 4

General Electives (to reach total credits required for degree)  

*This program does not permit double counting between general education, the concentrations and electives.

The following guidelines apply to the degree:

  1. Students must obtain a “C” (2.00) or better in all courses in the concentration.
  2. Students must complete 40 credits after the program is approved.
  3. The program must include 40 credits at the upper-division (300-400) level.
  4. General Education: Students must complete all General Education components with a 2.0 or higher grade point average. There is no double counting between General Education, the concentration and electives. 
  5. The program may not include courses that would comprise more than 80 percent of any approved departmental major.
  6. Students interested in an individually created program within the College of Business will coordinate with a College of Business adviser. If it is determined that more than 25 percent of the individually created program is appropriate in business, the adviser will make certain that the courses chosen meet the common body of knowledge requirements of The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  7. Students with a concentration outside of the College of Business may not take more than 25 percent of their program from courses taught by the College of Business.
  8. Admission into an individually created program begins the semester following approval of the committee.
  9.  Students must complete ICP 498 Directed Study for Individually Created Program [4 cr.] for graduation.