Independent Study is available to Junior and Senior level BFA students and graduate students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above. The student may receive approval to work in an area or on a project that is not otherwise offered or addressed in the regular curriculum. Students may receive credit toward graduation for no more than 6 credit hours. The student must submit to the chairperson of the department in which they wish to study, an Independent Study Proposal of 150 words (no less) of the student’s plan for study and her/his reason for choosing to study independently. Once the department chairperson provides approval and the instructor for the Independent Study is determined, the faculty member must write an Independent Study Syllabus with education goals, learning outcomes, meeting dates, course expectations, timelines, and due dates. The student must commit to, and be responsible for, a formal meeting schedule. The Provost’s Office must approve the independent study.
Students who intend to register for an Independent Study must submit this documentation, as well as a completed and signed Independent Study form and a registration form by the deadline to register for the semester. Late registration for Independent Study is not permitted and will not be accepted.
During a 15 or 16-week semester students enrolled in a three credit hour independent study course are expected to commit to at least nine hours of work per week or 135 hours. Summer courses that are offered in a condensed term are scheduled to have the same number of classroom hours as a lecture or studio class of equal credit would have over a 15-week semester. Likewise the weekly expectation of outside of class work is adjusted so that the classroom and outside work totals at least 135 hours.