School of Arts and Letters

Individualized Major Program (Bachelor of Arts)

Unlike other majors, which prescribe a fixed area of study, the individualized major provides a structure that allows such students, in consultation with faculty members, to design their own majors on various topics and fields of study. Each major course of study varies in accordance with the needs and interests of individual students. Students work closely with faculty advisors, and all individualized majors are overseen and approved by a faculty committee that ensures each student - designed major has intellectual integrity and rigor.

Student Learning Goals

To be determined individually for each student/program.

Degree Program Admission Requirements

Students may not use the IMP program as a device for avoiding requirements of existing majors and concentrations, or when an existing major or concentration substantially meets the intended academic goals of the student.

Basics of the IMP admission and advising process include identification of an IMP advisor, an admissions interview with the Arts and Letters Coordinating Committee, curriculum planning with semester-by-semester review, a degree culmination project, a senior review dossier, and a senior review interview with the Arts and Letters Coordinating Committee.

Students generally apply for admission to the program as sophomores or juniors. Students should have taken at least 15 credit hours before proposing an IMP, and students should have taken fewer than half of the major courses of the proposed IMP before proposing it. A copy of the IMP Admission and Advising/Counseling Procedures can be obtained at the offices of the School of Arts and Letters, Knobview Hall 110, (812) 941-2343.

Degree Requirements

Students receiving the Bachelor of Arts Individualized Major degree must complete 120 total credit hours including:

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours at the 300- or  400-level
  • Courses required for the major must be completed with a grade of C or higher
  • Courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required

Tourism, Hospitality, Sports Mgmt & Event Planning Track (60 cr.)

Core: Complete the following courses

  • SPH-T 203 Principles of Lodging Management
  • TESM-T 107 Tourism Planning and Development
  • TESM-E 104 Principles of Event Management
  • TESM-G 100 Introduction to the Tourism Industry
  • TESM-C 401 TCEM Internship
  • SPH-T 335 Entrepreneurship in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management
  • TESM-H 105 Lodging Management and Operations
  • SPH-R 425 Capstone in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management
  • TESM-S 211 Introduction to Sports Management
  • SPH-T 201 Introduction to Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management Industries

Areas of Focus: Complete two of the following categories - Hospitality, Marketing, Sports Management, Tourism, or Event Planning


  • SPH-R 426 Human Resources Management in Leisure Services
  • SPR-R 413 Fiscal Management of Leisure Service Organizations
  • SPH-T 336 System Integration in Hospitality
  • TESM-H 305 Food and Beverage Operations
  • TESM-H 205 Facilities Operations


  • BUS-M 300 Introduction to Marketing
  • BUS-M 330 Consultative Selling
  • BUS-M 405 Consumer Behavior
  • BUS-M 450 Marketing Strategy
  • CMCL-C 337 New Media

Sports Management

  • TESM-S 411 Legal Issues in Sports Settings
  • TESM-S 319 Sports Tourism Development
  • TESM-S 423 Financial Principles in Sport
  • TESM-E 219 Management of Sports Events
  • One of the following
    • TESM-S 415 Sport Promotions and Public Relations
    • TESM-S 418 Sports Marketing
    • TESM-T 329 Tourism Sports Marketing


  • TESM-C 412 Tourism Management
  • TESM-G 315 Economics of Tourism and Events
  • TESM-G 410 Tourism Research
  • TCEM-T 382 Travel Trends and Destinations
  • TESM-T 307 Tourism Marketing and Sales

Event Planning

  • TCEM-G 499 Event Tourism Analysis
  • TESM-E 304 Mechanics of Event Planning
  • SPH-T 323 Festival and Event Management
  • TCEH-H 371 Conventions Sales and Service
  • One of the following
    • TESM-E 404 Event Production
    • SPH-T 345 Special Event Production

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