Individualized Degree Programs

Individualized Degree Programs
16 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
idp@umn.edu
(612) 625-2020

Hours
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F (except University holidays)
Drop-in Advising is available via email at idp@umn.edu. Email with questions, and an IDP Advisor will be happy to get back to you and either answer them or help you set up a remote advising appointment.

The bachelor of individualized studies (BIS) and the individually designed interdepartmental major (IDIM) are for College of Liberal Arts students who want to tailor their educational programs to their own interests and goals.

  • The bachelor of individualized studies (BIS) is a degree program in which you combine three areas of concentration rather than have a major. One concentration may be from another University of Minnesota college (non-College of Liberal Arts), and the concentrations may be unrelated to each other.
  • An individually designed interdepartmental major (IDIM) (for a bachelor of arts degree) enables you to focus on a unifying theme by combining courses from three or more CLA departments.

Information Sessions

The first step for all students interested in the bachelor of individualized studies (BIS) or the individually designed interdepartmental major (IDIM) is to meet with an advisor for the program for an information session. All sessions are offered through Zoom.

Register for an Information Session

1. Email idp@umn.edu.

2. Please give us:

  • your name
  • your University of Minnesota student ID number (if you have one)
  • List a couple of times you would be available for a Zoom meeting in your email.

3. An  advisor will respond to your email to set up a Zoom information session.

BIS/IDIM Deadlines

  • Meet with an advisor to go over a rough draft of your proposal and course worksheet: October 1, 2021.
  • Final submission deadline:  October 4, 2021.  (the following final submission deadline is February 14, 2022.)
  • You cannot submit a proposal if you haven't attended an information session, attended a planning session with an advisor, declared the BIS or IDIM, and reviewed a rough draft and course list with an advisor.

Advisors & Staff

Wendy Nicholson-Kotas
Coordinator
nicho421@umn.edu

Wendy joined the Individualized Degree Programs staff in spring 2012 after serving as an academic advisor in the Social Sciences Community in the College of Liberal Arts. She received her BA at Bryn Mawr College and master's degree in the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, an interdisciplinary program focusing on history, art history, and museum studies. She received a PhD in history at the University of California, Berkeley and then served as a faculty member at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin before coming to the University of Minnesota.

Kathryn Kluegel
Senior Advisor
klue0001@umn.edu

Kathryn joined the Individualized Degree Programs staff in August 2004 as a full-time advisor. After graduating from CLA summa cum laude with an IDIM major incorporating human biology, cultural anthropology, and psychology; Kathryn worked in San Francisco with an advertising agency and the San Francisco Film Festival. She then went on to do graduate work at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she taught courses in cultural anthropology and sex/gender studies.  In addition to her advising work with individualized degree and CLA students, she is also a freelance writer.