The Honors Program offers HONR 4396: Directed Independent Study for those students and faculty who wish to pursue a course of study which does not neatly fall within any of our regular course offerings.
Note that only juniors and seniors are eligible to enroll in HONR 4396 and only 3 credits of Directed Independent Study may count for Honors graduation.
In addition to completing the Directed Independent Study Proposal Form, you must attach
- A description of your proposed study;
- An outline of objectives and student learning outcomes;
- A list of required texts and supplies to purchase;
- The specific method of evaluation (which must include the nature of assignments, due dates for assignments and assignment weights);
- A provisional course outline; and,
- A separate bibliography of research connected with your study.
For purposes of Honors Council review and approval, be sure your proposal reflects the required components of Honors Program courses:
- They are writing intensive;
- They foster critical thinking and meta-cognitive skills (including problem-solving strategies and consideration of multiple or conflicting perspectives);
- They engage students through active-learning pedagogies;
- They involve undergraduates in original research projects; and,
- They are interdisciplinary in perspective and/or content.
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