V. A Note About Independent Study in Philosophy
Independent study courses are designed for students who wish to pursue topics and interests which are not covered by the normal course offerings. They are not a means for resolving scheduling conflicts, and are not intended to serve as a means for resolving conflicts between a student's studies and employment schedules. The only way to register for independent studies in philosophy is with a Permission Number, and these are given to students only with the permission of the professor who will be overseeing the independent study.
Each faculty member will allow only a very limited number of independent studies during any semester, and students are advised to contact a faculty member well in advance of the normal registration period. Generally professors will not agree to supervise an independent study unless they have had at least one course with the student involved, and it is generally expected that a student who is requesting an independent study will have a well-conceptualized proposal for an independent study prior to discussing it with the supervising professor.