An independent study course allows a student—in agreement with and guidance from their professor—to pursue a topic of interest that doesn’t necessarily fit into a traditional academic curriculum. Students gain research experience in their field of interest and can delve deeper into a specialized topic.

All students registering for individualized independent study or experience credit must make arrangements with a faculty sponsor prior to registration.

Independent Study Proposal
Office of The Registrar

Completed Independent Study & Experience Credit Forms

The Independent Study Proposal form must be signed by the faculty sponsor, the department chairperson in which the student is taking the course, the student’s advisor and the dean of the students primary college. The completed ISP must accompany registration. Graduate students do not need the dean’s signature.

  • During the fall and spring semesters, University College students should return the signed above-mentioned forms to University College.
  • During the summer, all students should return the signed above-mentioned forms to University College.

Note: Certain courses may have associated fees.


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