Individually Planned Major (IPM)
Oglethorpe’s individually planned minor (IPm) serves the same basic role as does the individually planned major (IPM) except that the former is smaller in scope, more narrowly focused. The student works cooperatively with his/her academic advisor to fabricate the IPm application,which is also available at the Registrar’s Office. The application is ordinarily submitted for approval no later than the end of one’s junior year. As with its IPM counterpart, this document provides an opportunity for the student to specify the minor’s coverage and definition.
The applicant selects at least five four-hour courses (beyond core requirements) which comprise the minor. Of these five (or more) classes, at least two must be at the advanced (300 or 400) level and housed in a single discipline (Mathematics or Accounting, for instance). This discipline is known as the minor’s “area of concentration.” The remaining courses can be from any other discipline, or from a mixture of other disciplines, although at least two of these additional classes must also be at the advanced level. Each student is tasked with exploring and then describing the theoretical connections which unite these five (or more) courses into a well-reasoned, useful program of study, capable of not only intellectually and creatively challenging the student but also likely to enhance the student’s ultimate career and/or graduate study aspirations.
Prior to submitting an IPm application, students should consult the relevant academic regulations, which specify the entire body of ancillary requirements. IPm Regulations.