This program is designed for students with clearly defined educational goals that do not correspond with existing programs at Northern Michigan University. It leads to a B.A. or B.S. degree with the term "Individually Created Program" appearing in place of the major on the transcript. Students in consultation with their advisers develop a program of individualized concentration which is then submitted to the ICP Committee. Students can select their own advisers or obtain advice in the Degree Audits Office about which advisers might be most suitable. Once the program is drawn up and approved by the ICP Committee, an approved outline is filed with the registrar as an official contract. Any changes in the contract are submitted to the ICP Committee 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.
The following guidelines apply to the degree:
- Students must obtain a "C" (2.00) or better in all courses in the concentration.
- Students must complete 40 credits after the program is approved.
- The program must include 40 credits at the upper-division (300-400) level.
- Liberal Studies: Students must complete a minimum of 40 credits for all degrees. (Students cannot "double count" courses in the liberal studies and the concentration.)
- The program may not include courses that would comprise more than 80% of any approved departmental major.
- 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% 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 American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.
- 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.
- Admission into an ICP begins the semester following approval of the ICP committee.