Independent and Tutored Studies
It is not uncommon for senior students to arrange an Independent Study or Tutored Study with a faculty member. These are generally 3 credit-hour courses which are not in the catalog or are not in the schedule of classes.
Independent Studies are unique study experiences arranged by by student and a faculty sponsor. This can be used to carry one's investigations beyond what is offered in courses offered. It requires a formal agreement regarding what work will be done, what reports or products will be produced, deadlines and timeframes. It must also include an explanation of how the experience will significantly advance the student's education.
The student must stay in close contect with the faculty member throughout the course of study. An equivalent amount of work to that required in a normal class is expected, and the feedback from the faculty advisor along the way is essential, and required.
At the end of the Independent Study the faculty member reviews the student's progress and assigns a grade. The transcript will reflect "Independent Study" instead of a course title.
A Tutored Study is a course that the faculty member teaches, but which is not offered in the current term. The student undertakes the normal set of readings, assignments, papers, and exams which would be given in a normal term, and is graded the same way, with the same scale, as is normal.
The faculty member meets with the student regularly but not for less than the typical 3 hours weekly. The student is expected to be mature and self-motivated. Tutored Studies are typically used only when a course is needed for graduation, or is essential to a student's overall program.
Approval of an Independent Studiy or Tutored Study can not be guaranteed by the faculty sponsor. They require the approval of the Faculty Advisor, the Department Chair, and the College Dean.