SW 597 Independent Study

An independent study is a learning experience that allows a student an opportunity for self-directed learning related to an area of academic and/or professional interest under the supervision of a faculty sponsor. The independent study will involve, in a broad sense, critical analysis and application or development of theories and concepts relating to the area of inquiry chosen by the student. Although the student may engage in creative projects or field research, such endeavors must be accompanied by the previously described academic approaches and written assignments.

An independent study can be taken for one, two, or three credits. As a general guideline, a three-credit independent study will require at least 20 pages of written work.

An independent study cannot be taken in lieu of a required course: an independent study can only be taken to satisfy an elective requirement.

Please note that an independent study cannot be undertaken if a course is available or offered in the intended area of study.

For more information, review the SW 597 Independent Study Proposal Form (.docx, 43kb). 

To qualify to apply for an independent study, a student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a matriculated student in the Department of Social Work
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the time of application
  • Select an area of study related to educational goals
  • Have sufficient background to undertake the independent study and learn from the independent study experience

To apply for an independent study, a student must:

  • Begin planning well before the registration period for the semester in which the independent study will be undertaken, as preparation of a proposal requires a great deal of thought and consideration
  • Submit a completed Independent Study Proposal Form (.docx, 43kb) and Independent Study Proposal to the proposed faculty sponsor (and to the academic advisor, if the faculty sponsor is adjunct faculty) no later than the end of the first week of classes in the semester in which the independent study will be undertaken

Last Updated: 3/20/15