Independent and Directed Studies
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Independent and Directed Studies

Two individualized study programs are available.

Independent Study

Students with a GPA of 2.0 or better may take a course listed in the catalog, in a semester when it is not scheduled, if it is necessary for graduation or if a special need is demonstrated. The instructor prepares the syllabus, offers assistance, reviews progress weekly, and evaluates the student's work at the end of the semester. Independent study requirements may include term papers, examinations, and critical journals. Regular credit is awarded for completed courses.

To request independent study, the student must submit an independent study form, available at the University Registrar's office, along with a letter explaining the need for special scheduling.

Directed Study

Students with a GPA of 2.0 or better may request that a faculty member develop a directed study course to explore a special aspect of a particular area of study. An individualized syllabus, prepared by the faculty member, that includes a course title, objectives, general description, methods, and evaluation method must be submitted, along with a permission form, for each directed study. Faculty time is flexible for each project. Course credit is established by the faculty member and may range from 1 to 5 credits.

To request directed study, the student must submit a directed study form, available at the University Registrar's office, along with a letter explaining the need for a specialized course of study. All independent or directed study requests require approval from the course instructor, the academic dean, and the University Registrar. Completed, signed forms must be submitted to the University Registrar prior to registration.