After your first semester, but before the end of your fourth semester, you should meet with your academic advisor in order to review and discuss your plans for completing the required H&S Complementary Liberal Arts credits. Once you have settled on an option, you will complete the H&S CLA Planning Statement. You will submit this Planning Statement to the H&S Dean’s office and your advisor electronically.

The Planning Statement must be on file by the end of your fourth semester at the College, if you matriculated as a freshman.  If you enter IC as a transfer student with an A.A. or A.S. degree, your CLA is considered automatically complete. If you enter IC as a transfer student without this credential, your Statement must be on file by the end of your first year at the College.

If you select a second major as your CLA, you must also complete and submit a Change/Addition of School/Major/Adviser form through IC Workflow; if you select a minor as your CLA, you must also complete and submit a Registration for/Cancellation of Minor/Concentration form (available from the registrar's website). Submitting the CLA Planning Statement does not automatically register you in either a major or minor.

If you select the “Self-Designed Suite of Courses” option, you are expected to identify up to eight relevant liberal arts courses that you can reasonably expect to be offered during your time at the College (note that listing a course does not guarantee you a seat); these Planning Statements will also be reviewed by the H&S General Education Committee.

Remember that the required CLA option has to include a minimum of 12 liberal arts credits that are not required for your primary major, are taken for a letter grade, and are not A.P., I.B., CLEP, or transfer credits (except as part of an approved minor or major). In addition, the ICSM and courses used to satisfy ICC Themes and Perspectives requirements cannot be used towards the CLA.

If you decide to change your CLA option after you have submitted the Planning Statement, you must update your option by submitting another Planning Statement. The form allows you to indicate if you are requesting a change.

You may want to hold on to the copy of the CLA Planning Statement that is sent to you via email; during the capstone experience of the ICC, you will reflect upon the CLA, using the accumulated evidence from your courses, and having your original form on hand may come in handy as you look back on your original goals.

Documents providing guidance about appropriate minors for the Minor Option and problematic double major combinations can be found here.

CLA Planning Statement

Please use the CLA Planning Statement form for all statements, including new statements, requested revisions, and Change of CLA Option requests.