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Academic Regulations & Procedures

Independent Study/Reading/Research

A student may enroll in independent study (numbers 291 or 391) independent reading (numbers 290 or 390), or independent research (numbers 292 or 392) with the consent of a professor. Independent study typically is completed within one term.  In cases where it spans more than one term, grades are submitted at the end of each term.  An independent study form (available from the Office of the Registrar) must be completed by the student, signed by the professor and adviser, and submitted to the Registrar by the drop/add deadline. Submitting this form permits but does not automatically accomplish registration; independents are subject to the further approval of the registrar and the associate dean of the college.

Change of credit is not allowed for independent work. Grades are to be submitted at the end of the independent period, consistent with the policy for scheduled courses, and an independent must be completed by the student within the schedule indicated on the application. Independent study completed at midterm must be graded by the end of the term. Independents which duplicate the content of currently offered courses are not allowed. The policy for "EXT" grades also applies to independent studies.

A student interested in taking an independent study should check with the professor to see if the department has additional guidelines governing independent work.

The grading method for independent work must be agreed upon with the instructor and clearly stated on the independent form before submitting it to the registrar at the time of registration. No independent may count toward general education requirements.

Seniors may take independents (numbers 390, 391 or 392) concurrently with and related to another course. Intensive independent study (up to 12 credits) is possible in all three terms. Non-seniors are limited to a maximum of six credits of independent work during any single term. Independent Study/Reading/Research (290-292 and 390-392) may not be used to repeat independent studies.

See also retaking courses, summer independent study and winter break credit.

Keywords: independent study, independent reading, independent research

Last Reviewed: Jul 17th, 2014

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