Independent Study Policy
Independent study is defined as individual academic work in a discipline, such as reading, writing, creative arts, experimental research, or scientific study, under the direct sponsorship of a qualified faculty member.
Qualified students may pursue independent study in an academic area related to their degree interests. An independent study can be designated at either 1 or 3 credits. Students eligible for independent study need to have a 2.5 GPA or permission of the Academic Dean and need to have completed 12 Landmark College credits. Three-credit independent study courses will be graded, and one-credit courses may have the option of being taken as pass/fail.
The maximum number of independent study credits is three per semester. The maximum number of independent study credits that can be applied to a Landmark College Associate’s degree is 9 (or the equivalent of three 3-credit courses). The maximum number of independent study credits that can be applied to a Landmark College Bachelor’s degree is 12 (or the equivalent of four 3-credit courses). Students requesting independent study credits beyond the maximum require the permission of the Academic Dean.
Student-initiated proposals are submitted by the student and the faculty member to the Department Chair (or designate) and Academic Dean before the beginning of the second registration period.
Independent study courses follow departmental and curriculum committee guidelines and carry departmental codes. Students will be expected to meet with faculty one hour per week, and independent class time is commensurate with in-class courses of equivalent credits and level.
Students will complete an evaluation of the independent study.
- Student drafts a proposal (rationale and goals) and submits to faculty member.
- Faculty member drafts a syllabus which includes expectations and means of assessment. (Assessment could include participation by a second faculty member.)
- Proposal and syllabus are submitted to Chair for approval and copied to the Academic Dean before the beginning of the second registration period.
- Once the IS course is approved and running, this will be listed as and considered a course with similar expectations for ISIS comments, warnings, grades etc.