Independent study elective courses offer students the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty in an area of shared scholarship. Employers and graduate schools like to see this experience in your college education because it develops your initiative, responsibility and creativity.
Students must adhere to the Independent Study Guidelines and Instructions when submitting a contract plan for approval. The student is responsible for approaching faculty with an idea for independent study.
NOTE: Forms must be typed!
Types of Independent Study
- T CRIM 409 - Advanced Readings in Criminal Justice (1-5 variable credit, 15 credits max)
Student-initiated, individually contracted course of study targeted at developing greater mastery of a specific area within criminal justice under the supervision of a social work faculty member with expertise in a related area of criminal justice. Focuses on individualized student-centered learning with emphasis on achievement of stated student learning objectives.
- T CRIM 490 - Independent Research in Criminal Justice (1-3 variable credit, 12 credits max)
Student-initiated, individually contracted research with a faculty member to engage the design and implementation of original empirical research. Training and supervision in some or all aspects of criminological/criminal justice research. Active participation as member of research team, with emphasis on achievement of state student learning objectives.
Important notes: CJ minors may take T CRIM 409 and/or T CRIM 490, but the credits will not count as part of their minor requirements. CJ majors may earn up to five (5) credits from T CRIM 409 and/or T CRIM 490 as Core Elective credits. The remainder will be listed as general elective credits.