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Complete the following by the appropriate deadlines.....


approximately four to six weeks prior to the proposal submission deadline:

  • Consult the Gallatin Independent Study website for information and policy on designing your study.
  • Discuss your Independent Study plans with your adviser.
  • Identify and contact the faculty member with whom you would like to work.
  • Develop the description of the study, the syllabus and the reading list.


approximately two weeks prior to the proposal submission deadline:

  • Complete the Independent Study proposal form, which will be sent automatically to your adviser and grading instructor.
  • Within a few days of submission of the form, follow up with your adviser and instructor to make sure they have received the proposal.


approximately one week prior to the proposal submission deadline:

  • Confirm with your adviser and instructor that they have submitted their approval to Gallatin.
  • If you have not received confirmation from both your adviser and instructor that they have approved your proposal, contact Kathe Ann Joseph. Do not wait until the submission deadline to notify Gallatin of problems.


approximately two weeks after the proposal submission deadline:

  • Look for email correspondence regarding your proposal from Gallatin informing you of the decision of the Faculty Committee on Individualized Studies.


before classes begin:

  • If your proposal is approved, register for your independent study on Albert.
  • If your proposal is not approved, be prepared to take an alternate course.