Registering for Independent Study Courses
Required Form: Enrollment Contract and Registration Form for Independent Study Coursework
In addition to general courses, Claremont Graduate University offers individualized instruction on a wide range of topics through the following types of courses.
- 397 - Tutorial Reading (Master's Level)
- 398 - Independent Study (Master's Level)
- 399 - Masters Thesis Research (Master's Level)
- 495 - Doctoral Research (Doctoral level)
- 497 - Tutorial Reading (Doctoral Level)
- 498 - Independent/Doctoral Research
These types of courses are commonly referred to as Independent Study courses. The procedures outlined below apply to enrollment in these sections of Independent Study. These procedures are optional for registration in sections of 399 and 495.
Registering for Independent Study
The registration process for an Independent Study course is different from enrollment in regular courses. This is because each activity is structured to meet the needs and interests of the individual student.
- Students must complete the Enrollment Contract and Registration Form for Independent Study Coursework Credit. Designed as a contract form for the academic activity to be undertaken, the form requires the signatures of the student and the instructor. The form must also be approved by the student's advisor and department head.
- Students must submit the completed Enrollment Contract and Registration Form to the department. Departments will approve and send enrollment forms to the Registrar's Office for processing before the end of the Add/Drop period.
- Forms submitted to the Registrar's Office after the Add/Drop deadline are considered late registration and are subject to the applicable fees.
Tips for Completing the Enrollment Contract and Registration Form
If you are considering undertaking an independent study activity, the following guidelines will help you define the scope of your anticipated coursework and complete the Enrollment Contract and Registration Form.
- Identify the topic of your independent study. Be specific and focused. You should be able to accomplish your study goals within a single semester.
- Identify a title for your independent study course. This title will be recorded on your transcript to indicate the area or focus of your independent study work. If no title is submitted, the generic title for the course (for example, "Independent Research") will appear on your transcript.
- Identify literature or academic activities that will facilitate your independent study. Summarize the learning outcomes you anticipate in a statement or syllabus to be included in or attached to your Enrollment Contract and Registration Form. These anticipated learning outcomes define the terms for assessing your performance in this independent study. When Preparing for Qualifying Exams, specify the general area of your study preparation--for example, "British Literature - The Restoration Comedies" as opposed to merely "English" or "English Literature." For internships, attach a copy of the internship contract or detail of the intern's responsibilities and focus of work.
- Identify a faculty member to oversee and guide your independent study. You will work closely with this instructor to accomplish your independent study goals. You will need the instructor's signature on the Enrollment Contract and Registration Form as evidence of the faculty member's agreement to supervise your independent study.
- Enjoy your independent study activities, but be sure to complete the required outcomes by the end of the semester. You may wish to consider enrolling in your independent study on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading basis.
Independent Study Courses Prior to Summer 2010
If you were enrolled in an independent study activity prior to Summer 2010, you may use the Request a Title for My Independent Study form, but only through August 27, 2010.
Contact your department for assistance.