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Independent Study

Independent Study is an individualized, carefully planned, and closely monitored study experience in which a student works under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Permission to pursue independent study will be granted only under the following conditions:

  • The student is in his/her senior year of study
  • Course credit may not be earned through other regular courses offerings
  • The duration of the independent study is at least eight weeks
  • The faculty member affirms that the learning outcomes, assessments, and grading criteria for the independent study are equivalent to similar courses as regularly offered

A student may complete no more than one independent study per semester or term. A Request for Independent Study form—with a list of assignments, deadlines for completion, types of assessments, and grading criteria—must be approved by the faculty member who will teach the class and by the department chair and dean of the school/college in which the class is offered.

A course scheduled in a regular class format (whether fact to face, online, or hybrid) may not be delivered as an Independent Study without being approved by the process outlined above.

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