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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.

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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 Wellbeing Sciences degree (BS) 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.


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

You can apply to the ICP 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. 

Find out more about transferring to CCAPS.

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. Make an appointment with Enrollment Advisor Jeff Olsen Krengel to discuss your goals and interests.
  2. Work with Jeff 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.

  • 85% Paid employment 
  • 9% Additional education 
  • 89%Job is very or somewhat related to area of study 

Averages of graduates between 2018−19.

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
  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor    
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Public Health Advisor    
  • VP for Community Development
  • EMT
  • Principal Talent Acquisition Specialist    
  • Construction Manager
  • Therapist   
  • Graphic Artist
  • Project Manager    
  • Pharmacy Technologist
  • Information Technology Specialist    
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Senior Financial Analyst    
  • 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.

Let's Connect

You can learn more about the Inter-College Program in a way that works for you. Enrollment Advisor, Jeff Olsen Krengel, is here to help.

Jeff Olsen Krengel standing outside in a bow tie and blue shirt

Or, ask Jeff a question at jkrengel@umn.edu or 612-625-4340.

Meet Jeff

Jeff works with prospective students interested in designing their own degree program (Health & Wellbeing Sciences, Inter-College Program, and Multidisciplinary Studies). He is available to answer your questions and help you find a program that meets your needs. In his free time, Jeff can be found reading, running with his son, or visiting a brewery. He is an avid sports fan cheering for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota United FC, and Liverpool FC.

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