Independent Study provides students with the opportunity to undertake specialized study and to work closely with a faculty member on a specified topic/subject. All registration policies and deadlines for regular courses apply to Independent Study.
Independent Study is only granted for elective units. Courses taken as Independent Study may not duplicate courses in the AUPP Catalog regardless of the term offerings, nor may they count for General Education requirements.
Only students who have completed thirty (30) credit units and have a GPA of 2.50 or higher may undertake Independent Study courses. No student may take more than one Independent Study course in a single semester and no more than five Independent Study courses in their undergraduate degree.
An Independent Study Contract can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office, and a copy of the project must be submitted to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPASA). The Contract must be signed by the VPASA and the faculty member sponsoring the project, and returned to the Registrar’s Office prior to the end of Add/Drop. The description must include an outline of the project, meeting schedule with the faculty member, and the method of grading. Independent Study must incorporate at least two (2) graded assignments and must meet for at least one (1) hour a week with the faculty member. Exceptions to this policy can be made by the VPASA.