Independent studies are not a regular offering. These are courses set up by special arrangement between a professor and a student who wishes to further pursue an in depth study on an area beyond those covered on our courses but still related to our program.
Independent studies are not intended to solve scheduled conflicts, or to duplicate our existing coursework. It is a special individual arrangement, that requires special engagement and readiness for participating students. Typically, a student seeks a given professor and requests an independent course on a topic of interest to both. The professor may grant it on the basis of the student demonstrated ability to do independent work, availability to meet regularly, and the quality of the proposed project. If such agreement happens, the instructor and the student jointly submit a fully detailed program of study (syllabus), which includes: 1) clear statement of purpose, 2) a reading list, 3) proposed activities, and 4) method for evaluation and appropriate standards. The department evaluates the proposed syllabus for approval if it meets academic standards.