Independent Study

In an independent study, students pursue a topic of interest by working one-on-one with a faculty member, usually on an in-depth research project.  Independent studies are graded courses usually worth 1 CU.  

For students who wish to pursue independent study for credit, the procedure is as follows:

  1. When you have a clear idea of the topic you would like to study in greater detail, you should find a faculty sponsor who can supervise your work. Either your faculty advisor or the History Undergraduate Advisor can help you find someone in your area of interest.
  2. Any member of the standing faculty (and only a member of the standing faculty) in the Department of History may offer an independent study to a student at the professor's discretion.
  3. When you and your faculty sponsor have decided upon the topic and terms of your independent study, e-mail the History Undergraduate Advisor with the following information: the purpose of the independent study, the topic to be studied, and the method of evaluation of the student's work. Copy the faculty advisor in the e-mail so that they can formally agree to the arrangement.
  4. The History Undergraduate Advisor will register you for the Independent Study. 

Additional Information

The major advisor and/or the History Undergraduate Chair has discretion to limit the number of independent studies undertaken. Under no circumstances may an independent study substitute for a seminar required for the major.

Generally, undergraduate independent studies are numbered as follows, with section numbers (xxx) indicating the faculty sponsor:

  • HIST 4910-xxx: American History Before 1800
  • HIST 4915-xxx: American History After 1800
  • HIST 4920-xxx: European History Before 1800
  • HIST 4925-xxx: European History After 1800
  • HIST 4930-xxx: African or Middle Eastern History Before 1800
  • HIST 4935-xxx: African or Middle Eastern History After 1800
  • HIST 4940-xxx: Latin American or Caribbean History Before 1800
  • HIST 4945-xxx: Latin American or Caribbean History After 1800
  • HIST 4950-xxx: East or South Asian History Before 1800
  • HIST 4955-xxx: East or South Asian History After 1800
  • HIST 4960-xxx: Transregional History Before 1800
  • HIST 4965-xxx: Transregional History After 1800

Independent Study course numbers before Fall 2022:

  • HIST 291-xxx : European History, Pre-1800
  • HIST 292-xxx : European History, Post-1800
  • HIST 293-xxx : American History, Pre-1800
  • HIST 294-xxx : American History, Post-1800
  • HIST 295-xxx : World History, Pre-1800
  • HIST 296-xxx : World History, Post-1800

Independent Study Permission Form (PDF)