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Applied Minors

Applied Minors (AMs) are distinctive programs allowing students to personalize their education and help them make direct connections between academic interests and co-curricular activities. Based around a theme, each AM creates a space for students to integrate 4-6 academic courses, co-curricular work like service or athletics, and a final project appropriate to the content. Completing an AM (or multiple AMs) is an optional opportunity for all students.

Q. How do I declare my interest in completing an IP?
A. Fill out a brief form. This will send a message to the contact person for each IP you mark your interest in and they will be in touch with you. Students can also follow up with the point person by contacting the faculty member listed at the bottom of the webpage for each IP. 

Q. Who is responsible for keeping track of whether I've completed the requirements for an IP?
A. You, the student. Working with the point person for your IP, you will keep track of your course and co-curricular accomplishments that count for the IP. The Registrar's Office will not be keeping track of your progress toward completing an IP. This allows for more flexibility.

Q. I'm close to completing an IP, but I want to substitute a course I took for one of the listed options. What do I do?
A. Talk to the point person for the IP. Only they can make the determination about whether the substitution of course or co-curricular activity is appropriate.

Q. I've completed all the requirements for an IP without knowing it. Can I get credit?
A. Yes. You should be in touch with the point person for the IP to discuss what you have done. You will likely need to complete the final integrative project in order to complete the IP requirements.

Q. How do I declare that I've completed an IP?
A. Fill out the Applied Minor Completion Form, and then meet with the point person for the IP for their signature of approval. When you take the signed form to the Registrar's Office, they will add the completed IP to your transcript.

Q. Can I complete more than one IP?
A. Yes.

Q. Can I create a new IP about something I'm interested in?
A. Yes. If you have an idea for a theme that integrates several courses across multiple divisions with co-curricular activity, talk to a faculty member about it. They will help you propose that idea to CPC, the Curricular Policy Committee for approval.


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