Applicants to the IMP program are responsible for developing
a proposed course of study, which must be approved by the IMP
committee. In evaluating proposals, the committee adheres to
the following requirements. Because this is an individualized
program, the committee will in exceptional cases consider
deviations from these requirements, but such deviations must be
clearly justified in the IMP proposal.
- The major must contain at least 36 hours of coursework, which
forms a coherent program grounded in the liberal arts and
- At least 18 hours of courses must be at the 300-400 level.
- At least 21 hours of courses must be liberal arts courses as
opposed to applied and professional courses. Most courses in
the College of Liberal Arts and sciences count as liberal arts
courses, as do many non-professional courses taught in Butler's
five professional colleges, as well as liberal arts courses taken
at other universities.
- No more than 6 credit hours of independent study (independent
of thesis research) should be included in the major.
- No more than 6 credit hours may be counted for both an IMP
major and another major or minor.
- The major should include an experience beyond normal
classroom-based courses, such as an internship, a semester or more
of study abroad, an honors or departmental thesis (which may also
serve as a thesis for a second major), a senior seminar in a
relevant department, or a service-learning project in the junior or
- The proposal should make clear why the student's educational
goals are better served by an individualized major than by an
existing major, or combination of major(s) or minor(s).
- Students completing an IMP must complete all normal university
(e.g., core curriculum) and LAS (e.g., foreign language)
requirements. Except for courses taken through the consortium for
urban education (CUE), courses taken outside of Butler University
during the last 30 hours of academic residence require approval of
- The proposal for an IMP should normally be submitted between
the beginning of your sophomore year and the beginning of the
second semester of your junior year.
- A maximum of 12 credit hours taken prior to the submission of
your IMP proposal may normally be counted for the IMP major.
- Applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above.
Dr. Stuart Glennan, Individualized Programs Committee
Revised October 2014