What Can I Do With a Major In Individually Designed Degrees?
CLA Career Counselors
The bachelor of individualized study (BIS) and the individually designed interdepartmental major (IDIM) are for College of Liberal Arts students who want to tailor their educational programs to their own interests and goals.
- The bachelor of individualized studies (BIS) is a degree program in which you combine three areas of concentration rather than have a major. One concentration may be from another University of Minnesota college (non-College of Liberal Arts), and the concentrations may be unrelated to each other.
- An individually designed interdepartmental major (IDIM) (for a bachelor of arts degree) enables you to focus on a unifying theme by combining courses from three or more CLA departments.
Common employer sectors that are well represented with individually designed degree graduates include nonprofit, communications, journalism, advertising, business, social work & youth programs, entrepreneurship, event planning, and entertainment, video and film production, video game design, and environmental advocacy.
All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and individually designed majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:
- All the skills unique to each student's program areas (see specific majors)
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Independent and critical-thinking
- Creative problem-solving skills
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Ability to take initiative and be persistent
- Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
- Ability to work well independently and collaboratively
- Ability to navigate complex systems
Interest code: EAS
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Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are individually designed alumni in all eight of the career fields). For more career information for individually designed majors, utilize these additional resources:
- What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields.
- LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network- Explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.
- Career profile videos - Watch career profile videos of UMN alumni and other professionals, sort by major or industry.
- GoldPASS powered by Handshake - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus.
Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required
Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major!