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Independent Study

Independent study courses (PHI 4910) 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, such as between a student's studies and employment schedules. Registration for independent study requires the permission of the professor who will be overseeing the independent study.

A faculty member will allow, at most, 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.