Independent Study is an opportunity for students to work closely with a faculty advisor on a project related to their area of study. Students must choose a member of the faculty in their area of study. It is advisable that students choose a professor with whom they have had at least one anthropology course. After securing approval from a faculty member in writing, the student should see the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) in order to register for an Independent Study course. Independent Study courses may be taken for 2 or 4 credits, depending on the nature of the particular project and on the assessment of the faculty adviser. The faculty adviser and the student will together determine the course content and graded assignments of the Independent Study.
It is imperative that students meet on a regular basis with their faculty advisor throughout the semester in which they are doing the Independent Study. Upon completion of the Independent Study, the faculty advisor will inform the DUS that the student has completed the coursework satisfactorily. The faculty adviser will determine and submit the student's final grade.
Independent Study units can be applied towards the major and/or minor in Anthropology and can fulfill one of the student's elective requirements, provided that the student earns a minimum final grade of C. A maximum of 8 units of Independent Study can be applied to the 36 units required for the major in Anthropology, and a maximum of 4 units of Independent Study can be applied to the 16 units required for the minor.