Alternative Study Options
An Independent Study Project
(ISP) provides an alternative to regularly scheduled courses, enabling
undergraduate and graduate students to pursue a specific area of interest
through a supervised project for credit. For these projects, students work
independently but with tutorial supervision.
A Collaborative Study Project
(CSP) allows two undergraduate or two graduate students to work together to
complete a faculty-supervised independent study project. A CSP is usually supervised
by two faculty members, but may be supervised by a single faculty member with
the appropriate approval.
Sophomores, juniors, seniors and
graduate students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above may initiate
an ISP or CSP by preparing a proposal and filling out the appropriate
application (available at the Registrar’s Office). The necessary paperwork must
be completed and signed by a faculty member willing and able to serve as a
tutor, and submitted to the Registrar no later than the end of the second week
after the start of the semester in question. Each ISP or CSP is eligible for
three credits. A total of nine credits of Independent Study work may be
credited toward any four- or five-year undergraduate degree.
The Interdisciplinary Study Option
(ISO) is open to Juniors in good standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.
The purpose of ISO is to permit students to augment their major in a meaningful
way. Juniors with an approved study plan may apply ISO credit, earned outside
their major, towards the degree requirements of their major by substituting ISO
credits for an equal number of credits normally earned in their home
department. Between three and twelve ISO credits may be counted for major
credit. Applicants must submit a written proposal stating the reason that
his/her major studies will be enhanced by study in another discipline.
Applications are available in the Registrar’s office.
Registrar’s Office website
401 454 6151
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