An independent study provides students with the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member on a particular topic or creative project. Often the idea for an independent study arises in a course; for example, in a seminar on early 20th-century American history, a student may develop an interest in the Harlem Renaissance and ask the instructor to supervise an independent study focused exclusively on this topic during the next semester. Students may also develop creative projects in areas such as, but not limited to, music composition, filmmaking, or fiction writing.
1. adviser’s approval
2. instructor’s approval
3. completed proposal form
4. description of the study
6. written work to be evaluated
If, after reviewing the proposal guidelines and checklist, you need further information about independent study, please contact Kathe Ann Joseph in the Gallatin Office of Student Services: (212) 992-9822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty who agree to be the instructor of a Gallatin Independent Study, can learn more about this role by reading the Independent Study Instructor Guidelines.