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How to write a proposal for independent study

Academics Graduate Curriculum Independent Study.

Independent Study Proposal

An independent study is a graded, semester-long course developed in concert between a student and faculty member(s) that draws on areas of faculty expertise or other support to complement existing courses. Independent studies provide students the opportunity to pursue areas of special interest in a structured, supervised format. Students should plan to spend approximately 30 hours per credit for an independent study.

Students considering an independent study should discuss their ideas with an appropriate faculty member before making a formal proposal and submitting it to the office of the Academic Dean. It is the student’s responsibility to find a faculty sponsor (someone at Sterling who has agreed to supervise your study), and faculty members reserve the right to refuse a sponsorship.

Independent studies are evaluated on an A through F basis for college credit. Faculty sponsors will submit such evaluations to the Registrar at the end of the semester in which the study is conducted.


200-Level Independent Study

Students beyond their first semester at Sterling have until the end of the first week of the long-block semester during which a 200-level Independent Study occurs to finalize proposals and have them approved by the faculty sponsor and the Academic Dean. Please note that if an Independent Study is planned for an Intensive or any other term shorter than 10 weeks, a proposal must be approved prior to the beginning of that semester. Students earn 1 credit for a 200-level independent study and should plan to spend about 30 hours per credit earned.


300-Level Independent Study

300-level independent studies may be undertaken by Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors. Students are expected to work with their advisors to develop detailed plans. Students may earn between 2 and 12 credits for a 300-level independent study and should plan to spend about 30 hours per credit earned.

All 300-level Independent Studies must be approved by the student’s faculty sponsor and the Academic Dean one week before the last day of the semester preceding the one in which the student plans to enroll in an Independent Study.


400-Level Independent Study

400-level independent studies have been designed for second-semester juniors and students in their senior year. These courses are meant to provide opportunities for upper-level students to build on substantial experience in a given area and conduct an in-depth exploration of a topic in their area of study. Students are expected to work with their advisors to develop detailed plans, learning outcomes, and assessment rubrics. Students may earn between 3 and 6 credits for a 400-level independent study and should plan to spend about 30 hours per credit earned.

All 400-level Independent Studies must be approved by the faculty member directly advising the study and submitted to the Academic Dean one week before the last day of the semester preceding the one in which the student plans to enroll in an Independent Study. There will be no exceptions to this deadline.

  • Name * First Last
  • Intended graduation date *
  • Major *
  • Name of Independent Study Advisor *
  • Email address of your Independent Study Advisor *
  • Which instructional team should vet this proposal? *

    Ecology Environmental Humanities Outdoor Education Sustainable Agriculture Sustainable Food Studies

  • Proposal

    This is the section to describe the proposed Independent Study.

  • Title of course *
  • Number of credits *
  • Semester *

    Fall intensive Fall long block Winter intensive Spring long block Summer

  • Year *
  • Discipline *

    HM SS NS AS INT

  • Level of independent study *

    200 300 400

  • Independent study outline upload

    If you'd rather upload your entire plan, rather than copy and paste into the form below, please do so here.

  • A narrative description of the project, including: study plan, detailed weekly schedule, learning objectives, and supporting activities. Also address your previous experience with this subject. *

    Maximum Allowed: 400 words. Currently Used: 0 words.

    This should be 200-400 words. As you cannot save this form and return to it, it would be best to write this ahead of time in a word processing program and copy and paste into this form.

  • Resources to be used *

    Maximum Allowed: 400 words. Currently Used: 0 words.

    For example: reading list, field trips, workshops, materials, etc.

  • Specific products of the study *

    Maximum Allowed: 400 words. Currently Used: 0 words.

    For example: written project, presentation, design, construction, teaching, etc.

  • Method of evaluation and assessment *

    Maximum Allowed: 400 words. Currently Used: 0 words.

    Students should work with faculty advisors to develop a clear outline of expectations and methods for assessment. Collaborative development of a rubric is strongly recommended.

  • Plan for keeping the advisor informed of progress *

    Maximum Allowed: 400 words. Currently Used: 0 words.

  • Description of how the Independent Study fits into an overall degree plan *

    Maximum Allowed: 400 words. Currently Used: 0 words.

  • Has your independent study advisor seen and approved this proposal? *

    Yes No

  • I would like to apply for funds to support this independent study.

    Yes No

    You can apply for up to 0/maximum per year. This is only for independent studies of two credits or more.

  • If "yes," for how much would you like to apply?
  • Funding application narrative

    Maximum Allowed: 400 words. Currently Used: 0 words.

    This describes the rationale for why the funding is essential to the study. You must demonstrate that funds will directly support the work of the study.

  • Do Not Fill This Out

Comments

  1. Fuzonigexuti

    How come no one realized that the Liberal"s proposal was not allowed under the rules ? It was only a couple of meetings before ( 1 )

  2. Gepulisa

    Interesting manages to report proposal correctly. I dread to think how you manage your Cllr role if you can"t grasp simple facts

  3. Cayoxazekaququ

    Wow Cheeto man, that was a zinger. How do you know a thing about healthcare proposal from the house? Have you read it or are you brainwashed

  4. Zebohade

    It"s a long, hard road w a good, good end. I"m on the ABD/Proposal exit , so who knows how long I have to go before I run out of gas??

  5. Xeqobume

    And only kept 23k of assets. Under the proposal 100k is guaranteed to remain so not sure how it"s a bad thing. Will in the main only impact

  6. Gacufir

    Question. How did you know of the closure plans so long before any draft proposal was made Neil ? Take your time Neil.

  7. Migunorat

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