The Department of Italian Studies offers opportunities for independent studies for students who have a specific research initiative in mind that falls outside those covered by the departmental curriculum. As per CAS’s guidelines, independent studies are reserved to students with exceptional qualifications. Relevant coursework must be planned specifically for each student in agreement with a faculty member, who will be acting as the student’s supervisor for the duration of the independent study.
Independent studies usually carry credit of 2 points each term. They are normally limited to upper-class majors but may be open to other well-qualified students. To register for independent study, a student must first secure mentorship from a faculty member and have written approval of the director of undergraduate studies of the department.
In the Department of Italian Studies, the result of the independent study is normally expected to be a 20-page paper (per 2 points, excluding bibliography and notes).
In order to apply for an independent study course, the student is required to discuss the possibility with their prospective/tentative supervisor. In order for the application to be considered by the relevant faculty member, the Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies and Chair, the student must provide the following:
- One-page description of the project;
- Research question(s);
- Preliminary annotated bibliography according to scholarly standards (a simple list of bibliographical items will not be accepted);
- Working timeline for research and completion.
Please note that papers will be due within a deadline agreed upon with the advisor; such deadline should fall within the semester’s final exam period.
Application deadline: students interested in pursuing an independent study should apply for it before the end of the previous semester.