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Independent Study (English 493)

Students who wish to pursue studies or projects not fully treated in existing courses may work with a professor of their choice on a mutually agreed upon special project.

In order to obtain permission to register for English 493, a student must file a statement with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (Room 311, McClung Tower) outlining the scope of the project and the means by which it is to be evaluated. This planning statement must be signed by the supervising instructor and submitted within the first ten days of the semester. The proposed reading and writing for English 493 must be equivalent to the work in a regular course.

Independent Study Guidelines:

  1. A student may take no more than 6 credit hours of English 493. Only three hours of 493 may count for credit towards the English major.
  2. English 493 may be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credit hours. Students may not take 493 for more than 3 credit hours at any time.
  3. The topics and readings selected for independent study normally should not duplicate the content of courses offered by the English department.
  4. It is strongly recommended that students taking English 493 have a 2.5 GPA and a 3.0 GPA in English courses.
  5. English 493 must be supervised by a member of the professorial faculty. Exceptions require permission of the director of undergraduate studies. Professors are limited in the number of independent study courses they may supervise during any one semester. No professor is required to supervise an independent study  with any student.
  6. The amount of reading and writing in English 493 must be equivalent to the amount assigned in a regularly-offered English department course. The professor and student will decide the reading list, number, and kind of written assignments, schedule of meetings, and methods of evaluation. These requirements are subject to approval by the director of Undergraduate Studies.
  7. The student will submit a proposal for English 493 on the attached Independent Study Form. This proposal (or statement of plans) should include a description and justification of the material covered in the course. As part of this description, students should be very detailed concerning the assigned reading, number, kind of written assignments, and methods of evaluation. This form must be submitted to the director of undergraduate studies for approval within first ten days of the semester. Students will be notified when their proposals are approved.

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