University of Maryland Individual Studies Program
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Individual Studies Program

Pursue your dreams! Create your own major!

Combine courses to design your own unique interdisciplinary major leading to a B.A. or B.S. degree.

Work under the guidance of your chosen Faculty Mentor and the dedicated IVSP staff.

Create a major that includes internships, independent research, and/or study abroad.

Join the vibrant, supportive learning community of IVSP majors!


Read about recent developments in alumnus Hudson Taylor's (Interactive Performance Art, 2010) non-profit organization, Athlete Ally, here.

Individual Studies students Irene Solaiman (International Relations) and Sade Ayinde (Global Economic Development & Policy) were featured in the Office of Undergraduate Studies' newsletter. Check out what they have to say about being in IVSP here!

Sade Ayinde (Global Economic Development & Policy) was named a finalist for the 2016 William E. Kirwan Award! More here.

Individual Studies featured in UMD's student paper, The Diamondback! Read the article here.

IVSP alumnus Mohammad Zia (Global Diplomacy and Development) will be a Luce Scholar for 2016-17. Read more here and his bio here.

Meredith Lightstone (Global Health and Development) won the 2016 Meghan Price Scholarship Award for Leadership and Public Service in College Park Scholars! Read more here.

Find out what our amazing alumni have accomplished since graduating from IVSP! Read more.

Find out what awesome accomplishments our students have achieved while completing their IVSP major! Read more.

Congratulations to our Spring 2015 Graduates!

A Cast of Simplexity: Characters in Disney Pixar's 'UP', a lecture by Bob MoyerRobert Moyer (Computer Graphics, 2000) of Pixar Animation Studios, presented a lecture at UMD on the animation process and Disney/Pixar. Read more.

IVSP alumnus Bob Moyer (Computer Graphics, ‘00) 
was part of the spectacular team that created the brilliant animated feature movie Inside Out! Inside Out won the 2016 Academy Award for 
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year!

Peer Mentoring every Friday 1-3 pm:
Meet with current students! Get the inside scoop about creating your own major! Learn about fabulous student and alumni activities! Cookies are served! (starting September 9)

Introductory Workshops: Introductory sessions with the IVSP Coordinator Tuesdays at 10:30am and Fridays at 12:30pm! Stay afterwards on Fridays to learn from current IVSP students at Peer Mentoring from 1pm to 3pm.

All Peer Mentoring Hours and Introductory Workshops will take place in 2407 Marie Mount Hall, unless otherwise noted.

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Individual Studies Program  Campus Location: 2407 Marie Mount Hall
Appointments: 301.314.0023  Email:
IVSP is a degree granting academic program of the Office of Undergraduate Studies