Independent study enables a student to pursue for course credit a research or other academic topic of interest under the supervision of a faculty member. Independent study is of two types:
Courses entitled Independent Study provide opportunities for individual non-research directed study in a field of special interest on a previously approved topic taken under the supervision of a faculty member and resulting in an academic and/or artistic product. Courses entitled Research Independent Study provide opportunities for individual research in a field of special interest under the supervision of a faculty member, the central goal of which is a substantive paper or written report containing significant analysis and interpretation of a previously approved topic.
The following policies apply to both types of independent study:
Note: Though uncommon, it is not prohibited for a student to take more than one independent study course in a semester. Students may not receive academic credit for work (e.g., in a laboratory, an internship, etc.) for which they receive monetary compensation.