Independent Studies

Independent Studies

Independent Studies are an opportunity for you to customize an area of study, gain an advanced level of experience beyond what may be offered in the regular classroom, or work on a special project that does not fit within any other course curriculum.

As an independent study, it is your responsibility to define exactly what it is that you wish to explore. Do this first by setting a set of goals and how you intend to reach them. Identify a faculty member who agrees to be your adviser for this project and propose the IS idea to them. You then work with the faculty adviser to establish the specifics of when and how often you will meet and what your responsibilities will be in meeting the goals of the project. Even though an IS is not an ELO, refer to the same guidelines that are outlined for internships and practicums to help you set goals and exhibit your work upon project completion. ELO Requirements and Guidelines. Although keeping a journal is not a requirement of an independent study, it remains a very good idea to keep one none-the-less. You can get more information about journal writing from the same ELO Requirements and Guidelines link.