All-College Independent Study Courses

No more than four All-College Independent Study course credits (280/380, 289/389, 290/390, 297/397, 299/399) may be counted toward satisfying the minimum credit requirement for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music degree. No more than two All-College Independent Study course credits (380, 389, 390, 397, 399) may be counted toward satisfying the minimum of nine course credits numbered in the 300s or 400s required for the B.A. or B.Mus. degree.

280/380. Internships (1/2-1)
See "Departmental Off-Campus Internships" under Off-Campus Programs below for a general description of internships. Internships are open only to students who have completed at least eight course credits, at least two of which are in the same department as the Internship. See listing under individual departments for specific information.

Internships are hands-on experiences designed to provide students with pre-professional work projects under the guidance of a practicing professional supervisor. Typically, a valid internship will include a minimum of 40 hours of participation per week for one month to receive one course credit and 20 hours of participation per week for one month to receive one-half course credit.

To enroll in an Internship, a student must file a proposal endorsed by the faculty sponsor. The proposal must be submitted to the Registrar before the start of the Block in which the Internship is to be credited. Internship credit will not be approved retroactively. Printable forms are available from the Registrar's Office web site. (CR)

289/389. Group Projects (1/2-1)
Two or more students who wish to organize a course of study in an area not normally included in the regular course offerings may assume the responsibility for finding a faculty sponsor and for drafting a contract to be approved by the Academic Standing Committee. The contract must be submitted on a form available from the Registrar's Office at least four weeks before the Project is to begin. Group Projects are open only to students who have completed at least eight course credits. Only those students who have signed the original contract may register for the course. Projects may be either departmental or interdisciplinary; however, a Group Project may not be used to meet any of the general education requirements for the B.A. or B.Mus. degree and does not count toward a major unless specifically approved by the department concerned. A half-course credit in a Group Project is permitted only if taken in conjunction with another half-credit course or with a parallel course. Exceptions must be approved by the Academic Standing Committee. (CR)

290/390. Individual Projects (1/2-1)

Students may do intensive work in a subject or area not normally included in the regular course offerings or else pursue in depth a topic encountered as part of previous studies. The arrangement is that of a tutorial, in which the student works independently under the supervision of a faculty tutor on a topic suggested by the student and approved by the tutor. Individual Projects are open only to students who have completed the following requirements: 290 - a writing-designated course (W) and a minimum of seven course credits (at least two of which are in the same department/interdisciplinary major as the Project); 390 - a writing-designated course (W) and a minimum of fourteen course credits (at least four of which are in the same department/interdisciplinary major as the Project). Individual Projects may not be used to satisfy the specific course requirements listed as Part One of the general education requirements for the B.A. or B.Mus.degree and may fulfill major requirements only if the department approves.

To enroll in an Individual Project, a student must file a petition endorsed by the faculty tutor and the chair of the department. The petition must be submitted to the Registrar at least four weeks before the start of the Block in which the Project is to be credited. Forms are available from the Registrar's Office. A half-course credit in an Individual Project is permitted only if taken in conjunction with another half-credit course or with a parallel course. Exceptions must be approved by the Academic Standing Committee. (OP)

690. Special Studies
B.S.S. candidates have the option for one or more Blocks of reading on their own; auditing courses; doing library or field research; working either as a volunteer or a paid employee with public or private organizations; taking professional or vocational courses at other institutions; traveling; or engaging in a creative endeavor involving writing, composing, performing, painting, sculpting, etc. To arrange a Special Study course, the student must justify to her or his faculty committee that the proposed experience is relevant to the student's educational objectives as stated in the B.S.S. Prospectus and will materially help the student achieve these goals.

Students who undertake a Special Study course (690) must file a Plan of Study with the Registrar before the start of the Block. This is the contract for the Block and must be approved and signed by the faculty committee. Special Studies projects may extend over two or more consecutive Blocks; however, only one Plan of Study need be filed if only one project is involved. Any changes in the Plan of Study after the start of the Block must be approved by the committee and filed with the Registrar.

Students who file a Plan of Study at the beginning of a Block must also file a Progress Report at the conclusion of that Block in order to receive a course credit for their work. The committee determines whether the student has done what was proposed in the Plan of Study and either signs the Progress Report (thus authorizing a course credit) or not, depending upon the advisor's evaluation of the student's academic progress. Students who file a Plan of Study for a multi-Block project need not file a Progress Report until they have completed the project, i.e., at the conclusion of the final Block specified in the Plan of Study. Because the committee must certify to the Registrar at the end of every Block that satisfactory progress is being made toward the completion of the project, the committee may ask the student to submit periodic evidences of such progress. The Progress Report, typed onto an official form by the Registrar and signed by the student and the committee, becomes a permanent part of the student's transcript.

There is no limit to the number of Special Studies that a B.S.S. candidate may take. The Registrar approves petitions (available from the Registrar's Office) to waive room and board charges for one or more semesters (periods of not fewer than four Blocks) for a limited number of B.S.S. candidates planning to undertake Special Studies outside Mount Vernon. (CR)