Majors, minors + certificates

Individualized Minor (INDVMIN)Individualized Major Program

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.


The Individualized Minor offers students the opportunity to create a minor on topics not otherwise available at IU. The minor may be connected with the College's annual Themester or colloquia offered through IU's centers and institutes, or on any subject for which the student is able to make a compelling case. Minors are approved by a committee of faculty based on an application and an essay in which the applicant answers the following questions:

  • Does the minor resemble others that are regularly offered at IU Bloomington? If so, how is the proposed IMP minor different from others it may resemble?
  • What is the principle of coherence unifying courses for the minor?
  • What do you hope to learn from completing this minor?
  • How does the minor complement your major? Is there a close thematic connection? Does it address an interest not otherwise reflected in your degree?

Minor requirements

Minors are at least 15 credit hours and must include 9 credit hours of coursework at the 300–499 level. They must also adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Individualized minors may include no more than two courses that are completed at the time the student applies.
  • No more than two (2) courses from a single department or administrative unit can count in an individualized minor.
  • No more than three (3) credit hours of internship and three (3) credit hours of independent study courses may count in the minor.
  • Only one (1) course from the individualized minor can count toward other degree objectives including majors, other minors, or certificates.
  • The individualized minor must include at least nine (9) credit hours of coursework inside the College.
  • In fulfilling the above requirements, students must also meet all other College requirements for minors.

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Each of the following:

  • At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  • At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
  • Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
  • A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
  • Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.