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Requirements and Options

Completing a Degree Plan Worksheet

Please read the instructions before attempting to complete a degree plan. The worksheets and guide allow you to organize the courses that you would like to include in your individualized degree. You will need to know your catalog year in order to choose the correct worksheet. If you’re not sure of your catalog year, check with your advisor.

Please be prepared to enter

  • all courses previously taken (including transfer credits)
  • courses in progress and
  • courses that you plan to take in the future

The worksheets include sections for General Studies, your major, a minor and general elective credits.

The forms are designed so you can save them to your computer, print them out and/or fill them out electronically. Each form is in spreadsheet format so it will automatically total your credits as you build your degree. However, UPPER DIVISION CREDITS WILL NOT BE TOTALED AUTOMATICALLY, so remember to check the total of upper division credits (3000 & 4000 level courses, or 9000 if transfer credit).

All degrees require a minimum of 40 upper division credits, and each major and minor will have specific upper division credit requirements. The form is not intended for use on a MAC and may not function properly if used on one.

Once you have completed a draft of the degree plan, please contact your IDP advisor to discuss steps for finalizing your degree.

Writing Your Rationale

A strong rationale is a main component of a successful Individualized Degree. The documents listed below contain suggestions to help you in your writing.

Choose either the IDP Major Essay Guide (for a regular or extended IDP), or the IDP Minor Essay Guide.

IDP Workshops

Dates and Times of Synchronous Fall 2021 IDP Workshops

  • Thursday, October 14, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 2, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, November 15, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 2, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Dates and Times of Synchronous Spring 2022 IDP Workshops

  • Thursday, January 20, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, January 31, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 9, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 22, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 10, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 30, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 11, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 26, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Mandatory IDP Workshop Description and Preparation

The Mandatory IDP Workshop is a 1.5-hour session that will provide an overview of the IDP process. During the first hour, students will learn how to complete their Degree Plan worksheet and Rationale essay and receive direction on how to select a faculty advisor for their IDP. The remaining 30 minutes will be used to address any individual questions students have.

Students are expected to access the live Teams meeting workshop on time. All the information presented is critical to your successful completion of the IDP proposal and your timely graduation.

To prepare, please review the IDP Requirements, the Degree Plan Guide, and the Rationale Essay Guide prior to the workshop. If possible, you should also prepare a draft of your degree plan prior to the workshop and bring it with you so that you can ask any questions you have.

Scheduling an Appointment with an IDP Advisor

Please use our contact form to request an advising appointment.

Please watch the video before your first appointment in order to learn more about the program.

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