Independent Study

Independent study courses ("499"; also called "reading courses") are an excellent way for students to explore specific topics not covered by the regular course offerings. They are also a way for students to learn of areas of research of the faculty. As such, they play an essential role for graduate students in search of an adviser.

  • A student wishing to enroll in 499 must file a brief syllabus, prepared by the faculty member supervising the Independent Study, with the Graduate Program Assistant (Emily Green) by the first day of class, using this form. 
  • Independent study courses should not duplicate regular courses offered by the department. In particular, if a course was offered in the near past or will be offered in the near future, then a request to enroll in a 499 course in a similar subject would most likely be denied.