Independent Study

Independent study opportunities are available to students in the fall and spring semesters and refer to individualized instruction, which is provided in a tutorial manner outside of a regularly offered class schedule. Participating students work with their sponsoring faculty member to create a course of study and learning outcomes for the independent study and sign an Independent Study Agreement Form to adhere to these learning outcomes. The faculty member assigns the credit value to the course based upon the anticipated learning outcomes and scope of work required during the course of the study.

» Undergraduate Form (pdf)

» Graduate Form (pdf)

Maximum credit allowance per degree program is as follows:

  • 1-year AAS and 2-year AAS - 3 elective credits
  • BFA/BS - 3 elective credits
  • MFA/MA/MPS - 6 elective credits

Students are able to enlist in Independent Study in the following semesters:

  • 1-year AAS - 2nd semester
  • 2-year AAS - 3rd or 4th semester
  • BFA/BS - 7th or 8th semester
  • MFA/MA/MPS - Any fall or spring semester as approved by Department Chairperson and Dean

Independent study courses may only serve as electives and cannot be used as substitution for a required major course.

Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Independent study requests must be initiated by the student and must be made prior to the start of the term during which the independent study will be conducted. Students must complete, sign and submit their portion of the Independent Study Proposal, Agreement and Evaluation, and be successfully registered into the Independent Study, prior to the start of the semester.

If a student wishes to withdraw from an independent study, they must do so by the withdrawal deadline posted in the Academic Calendar