Independent study projects allow a student to do individual work, under the guidance of a qualified director, on a topic of special interest to the student. The student is responsible for the overall scope and direction of the project, but receives course credit only with the approval of the independent study director.

During the fall or spring term, juniors and seniors are permitted and encouraged to pursue some course of independent study. Sophomores may petition the Academic Status Committee for permission to pursue independent studies.

Application forms are available from the Office of Academic Affairs. The project must be approved by the student’s advisor, the academic department supervising the project, and the Office of Academic Affairs.

The deadline for approved independent study courses is the end of drop-add in the session when the independent study course will be done.