Independent Study

Independent Study is an alternative instructional strategy. Students work independently, according to a written agreement, and under the supervision of a faculty mentor. An Independent Study course offers flexibility to meet individual student needs, interests, and styles of learning.

Students may request an independent study through their dean. Tuition for these courses is charged at the same rate as all other courses. In each independent study, a contract containing specific course objectives, activities and assignments will be agreed upon and signed by the instructor and student. Requirements may vary according to specific courses, but all must meet the following:

  • Regularly scheduled meetings of the faculty mentor and student.
  • Summary report of the assigned project.
  • Final paper and/or examination.

To qualify, a student must be in good academic standing; students on probation are ineligible. Up to 12 collegiate credits may be earned through independent study.

The Independent Study Contract is available from the Registrar’s office. Students should complete the contract with their instructor and submit a signed copy to the Registrar’s office prior to registering for the course.