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To encourage independent reading and the spirit of research, the faculty will admit, upon recommendation of academic advisors, properly qualified students as candidates for independent study.
University credit (determined at registration for course) of one to three semester hours will be allowed for independent programs on the recommendation of the study director with the approval of the department chair. Credit gained in independent study may not be substituted for required course work.

To receive credit for independent study, the student must fulfill the following requirements:

1. Engage in reading and research as directed by the study director to supplement knowledge from sources not supplied by the courses taken in the major field.

2. Submit to the department chair with the approval of the study director, not later than one week before the end of the semester, the original and two carbon copies of an acceptable research paper embodying the findings of the study.

3. At the discretion of the department, pass an oral examination on the subject of the research paper before an examining committee consisting of a minimum of the study director, the department chair, the vice president for academic affairs, and another faculty member selected by the student, with the study director acting as chair.

(When the department chair and the study director are the same person, another representative from the department will be named by the department chair.)

To be admitted to candidacy, a student must satisfy the following conditions:

1. Have an overall average of 3.0 in not less than 80 semester hours attempted.

2. Have an average of 3.0 in the major field or teaching field.

3. Submit, through his or her advisor and study director to the chair of the department concerned, a research proposal together with an abstract of the proposal.

4. Have application approved by the chair of the department.

It is suggested that independent study may be particularly desirable to some students as a summer project.


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