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    Independent Study

    Responsible office
    Responsible party
    Last revision
    June 2014
    Approved by
    Approval date
    June 2014
    Effective date
    June 2014
    Last review
    June 2014
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    All financial and administrative policies involving community members across campus are within the scope of this policy. If there is variance between departmental expectations and the common approach described through college policy, the college will look to the campus community to support the spirit and the objectives of college policy.


    A student may initiate independent study to pursue in-depth certain aspects of a subject previously studied or to investigate an area of academic interest not covered in a regular course. The following guidelines should be observed:

    • Courses should have specific prior expectations established, clear to both the faculty supervisor and student.
    • Courses should have as a prerequisite sufficient prior course work in the area of the project to give the student a good basis for working independently, i.e., they should involve advanced, not introductory work.
    • Independent study should normally be for juniors or seniors who are likely to have sufficient academic maturity to succeed in it.
    • Courses should require the equivalent student workload of a regular course carrying the same credit.
    • Courses should be planned well ahead of time.
    • Courses should have the approval of the department or interdisciplinary program chair.
    • Consent of instructor is required.