The School of Undergraduate Studies offers credit for independent study. Students are allowed to take up to two independent study courses while matriculated in the School of Undergraduate Studies. Independent study is an opportunity for a qualified student to explore a subject in
more depth than would be possible in a typical undergraduate course.
Independent study is normally arranged between one student and one
faculty member to be completed in a single semester. To qualify for independent study, a student must have earned at 12 twelve credits in residence at The New School and have a project in mind that both contributes to the student's overall plan of study and does not duplicate existing course offerings. Independent study is normally set up as a three-credit course, which is arranged by the student and faculty member working with the Program Office in conjunction with the faculty member's academic department.
The student must submit all completed application to the program office at least one week
prior to the start of the semester in which the independent study will take
place. A student who wishes to pursue an independent study should discuss the plan with an academic advisor prior to the fall, spring, or summer registration period. Unless the student has already approached a faculty member to direct the independent study, the advisor may contact the appropriate department chair for preliminary approval and to solicit recommendations for potential instructors. If the advisor and department chair agree, the chair then discusses the student's proposal with an appropriate faculty member. After these arrangements have been made, the student will work with the faculty member and advisor in developing and drafting a proposal. The proposal should state clearly:
The faculty member and student indicate their agreement by signing the Contract for Independent Study. The proposal must be formally approved by the department chair and
Tracyann Williams, the director of academic advising in the School of
After the paperwork is completed, the
course will be set up with the Registrar, and the student can register for the independent study. Tuition for
independent study is charged per credit at the same rate the student's other courses. Independent study is subject to the same add and drop deadlines as other courses.
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