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Inter-College Program Bachelor's Degree

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Are you interested in studying more than one discipline? Are you struggling to find the right major that fits your life goals? If so, the self-designed, individualized Inter-College Program (ICP) may be for you.

Why Choose the Inter-College Program?

The ICP allows you to design a degree that will prepare you to succeed in an increasingly complex world. Our experienced advisors will work closely with you to:

  • Explore your interests and the full range of options available at the University;
  • Choose coursework that meets your needs;
  • Offer ongoing support to ensure a rewarding academic experience.

Requirements and Courses

You will build your unique Inter-College Program curriculum in close consultation with your advisor. ICP areas of study are defined by academic departments from around the University, such as Sustainability Studies, Psychology, Youth Studies, Applied Business, Carlson School of Management, Communications, etc.

BA degrees include course work in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

  • The two-area degree option consists of 20 upper-division credits in each large area and 10 upper-division elective credits.
  • The three-area degree option consists of 20 upper-division credits in a large area, 12 upper-division credits in each of two smaller areas, and 6 upper-division elective credits.
  • The thematic degree option requires 40 upper-division credits chosen from at least three departments and two colleges, with 10 upper-division elective credits. Course work must have a consistent theme throughout.

Language Requirement

BA degrees also require completion of second language studies, which can be satisfied with the completion of one of two options: 1) four semesters of a single second language or 2) two semesters of a single second language and at least eight credits of coursework focused on the cultural, historical, or political aspects of any country/region associated with that language.

BS degrees pertain to the physical or biological sciences, have quantitative or investigative tools/methods expectations, or have a pronounced applied/professional component (e.g., public health, education, business, social work).

  • The two-area degree option requires 21 upper-division credits in each of two large areas and 8 upper-division supporting credits.
  • The three-area degree option consists of 20 upper-division credits in one large area and 15 upper-division credits in each of two small areas.
  • The thematic degree option requires 50 upper-division credits chosen from at least three departments and two colleges. Course work must have a consistent theme throughout.

Health and Wellness Theme

Thematic majors relate specifically to one unifying topic and coursework must draw from at least three departments housed in two colleges. The Health and Wellness bachelor of science degree (BS) below has been established by ICP, but you can choose from a variety of colleges and departments from across the University.

You may have the opportunity to study abroad as part of your degree. Talk to your advisor for more information.


You can apply to the program once you've finished 30 credits. These credits may be taken at the U or at other colleges. Talk with an Inter-College Program advisor and visit Transferology for more information. 

Fall Semester Application Deadline | Priority: March 1; Final: August 1

Spring Semester Application Deadline | Priority: October 1; Final: December 1

Admission Factors

  • Completion of 30 credits
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • Performance in relevant coursework
  • Demonstrated ability to meet curricular and developmental expectations of individualized undergraduate education

Application Steps

  1. Attend an information session (if you can't make a session, call 612-624-4000 for other arrangements).
  2. Make an appointment with an advisor to discuss your goals and interests.
  3. Work with your advisor to apply for admission.

While developing your proposal, you can begin registering for courses.

Career Outlook

Inter-College Program students find rewarding careers in areas such as finance, health care, business, and education, and many decide to go on to graduate school.

  • 74% Paid employment 
  • 43.5% Additional education 

Averages of graduates between 2010−2016.

Here are just some of the positions recent ICP graduates were able to secure:

  • Marketing Account Executive    
  • Practical Nurse
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Investment Analyst    
  • Director of Development
  • Bank Examiner
  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor    
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Public Health Advisor    
  • VP for Community Development
  • EMT
  • Principal Talent Acquisition Specialist    
  • Construction Manager
  • Mental Health Worker    
  • Graphic Artist
  • Project Manager    
  • Pharmacy Technologist
  • Information Technology Specialist    
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Senior Financial Analyst    
  • Director of National Accounts
  • Product Design Specialist    
  • Social Media Marketer     
  • Private Investigator

Visit the Career and Internship Services website for more alumni data, job search and internship resources, and employment listings. 

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

We want to ensure you have access to the education you want. Find out more about financial aid or talk to our scholarship advisor.

Sign Up for Events

Get started by attending a small-group meeting where you'll learn more about the Inter-College Program. If you are unable to attend an Information Session, you can schedule an appointment with our Enrollment Advisor.

Contact Information

612-624-4000 or 800-234-6564 | ccapsinfo@umn.edu

20 Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Ave, Saint Paul, MN 

In-Person Hours: Monday−Friday, 8 a.m.−4:30 p.m.

Phone Hours: Monday−Friday, 8 a.m.−4:30 p.m.