Twin Cities Campus
Program for Individualized Learning B.S.
CCE Individualized Degrees
College of Continuing Education
This program challenges students to think alternatively and holistically about learning. A set of standards, called graduation criteria, describes the basic academic structure of the bachelor┐s degree. These criteria, rather than number of credits, provide the framework for structuring the degree program and assessing its success. Students use the graduation criteria to build their own degree programs. Students are encouraged to be creative and to use a variety of learning activities (courses and projects) to satisfy each criterion. Courses that have already been completed may be used to fulfill the graduation criteria; students can also demonstrate college-level learning achieved through work, experience, and independent study. New learning activities may explore untapped interests or build on prior learning. These activities may include independent projects, internships, work-based projects, and classroom and correspondence coursework. A PIL degree requires achievement and excellence equal to other baccalaureate programs at the University of Minnesota. The graduation criteria require in-depth knowledge in an area of concentration (depth criteria) and broad learning in the liberal arts (breadth criteria). Regardless of the area of concentration, the B.S. emphasizes the student┐s field of study, while the B.A. emphasizes broader learning in the breadth criteria.
This program is available:
Students must complete 30 credits before admission to the program.
To be considered for admission, students must submit an application that documents their ability to undertake a self-directed, individualized degree program. The program seeks students who know why they are seeking a bachelor┐s degree and why PIL is a sound choice for them; can describe their proposed academic area of study; and write well in English.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major or minor in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major or minor (including transfer courses).
The program serves students who want to develop an area of concentration with some or all of the following attributes: ┐ Focused on interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary studies, or a specialized study within a broader academic context. ┐ Built on the academic strengths of the University. ┐ Designed as a foundation for graduate or professional education. ┐ Not readily available as a structured undergraduate degree program. The area of concentration, traditionally called a ┐major,┐ should reflect balance, depth, and quality in a field of study. The student┐s area of concentration must fulfill the following criteria: Primary Area Studies: Through learning activities in their primary area of study, students acquire familiarity with the basic literature and vocabulary of their field, knowledge of its main theories and methods of investigation, ability to use the skills of the field, and an awareness of its relationship to contemporary and future society. Major Project: As a culmination of study in their area of concentration, students complete a major project that reflects substantive understanding of their field of study. Extended Studies in the Area of Concentration: Students complete learning activities that bring a broader perspective to their area of concentration. These studies add knowledge that complements and expands on the primary area studies. Students also complete the University's liberal education requirements as reflected in the PIL Breadth and Learning Matrix requirements.
The PIL program is not credit-based, but it uses credits to ensure that registrations are recognized within the University system and that students qualify for residency and financial aid requirements. Tuition credits attached to registrations are not the same as conventional coursework credits and are not used to measure progress in the program or readiness to graduate, nor are they necessarily transferable to other programs or colleges. Additional registrations in PIL 3251 may be required.
PIL 3211 - Degree Planning (5.0 cr)
PIL 3251 - Project 1 Seminar (5.0 cr)
PIL 3281 - Major Project (5.0 cr)
PIL 3291 - Graduation Preparation (5.0 cr)
Students may be required to register one or more times for the following.
PIL 3200 - Continuing Studies (1.0-2.0 cr)
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements in addition to degree program requirements. For any course required in a degree program, UHP students must register for the honors version if one is offered. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements.