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Emerging Programs

The Individualized Degree Program serves the University as a home for the innovation and the development of new, cutting-edge programs that are being piloted as an IDP while ensuring that they are adequately tested and prepared for formal curriculum adoption. “Incubators” or pilot programs are developed collaboratively by faculty from the relevant departments and the staff of the IDP office. From the student perspective, each incubator is still an Individualized major or minor, with the complete IDP process still required.

The curriculum for an incubator has been developed with faculty expertise and although there is still flexibility for each individual student, there are courses that will eventually become required in a formal major or minor, so close advising with the home department is important. Most incubators become formal majors or minors within a three year period, some do so more quickly. If a student is working on an IDP that has been in incubation and becomes a formal major or minor, the decision whether to change to the new, formal program, or remain in IDP is up to the individual student, in consultation with the relevant departments and IDP advisor.

 In addition to the current pilot programs listed in the menu to the left, our degree incubator program is always in the process of adding new major and minor options.  Some pilot programs currently in the works include: 

- Education Studies (major or minor)

- Urban Agriculture (minor)

 Some degrees that were previously incubated as IDP and are now catalog degrees include:

Women’s Studies major

Genders and Sexualities Studies minor

Convergent Journalism major

Water Studies minor


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