Students may wish to earn credit through independent study that allows them to investigate a topic in depth or take advantage of particular resources. An independent study may not be used as a substitute for a course currently offered.
Proposals for independent study must be approved by a faculty member and the department chair and submitted prior to the start of the quarter in which the independent study is to be conducted. Proposals should present evidence that the independent study requires at least 150 hours of work.
In order to complete registration of the independent study for credit, students also must pay the necessary tuition. Undergraduate students must have completed at least 90 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 to participate in an independent study; graduate students must have completed at least 15 credit hours of graduate-level courses with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. Students are expected to adhere to credit requirements as outlined under "Quarter system."