These opportunities are available within most of the College's academic disciplines in order to provide students with a practical application of their particular majors or more specialized study in a particular area. Students who wish to pursue an independent study or independent research should follow departmental guidelines for application. Generally, students wishing to register for independent research must make their requests known to a faculty member (the prospective supervisor) who, if agreeable to the request, will inform the department chair. A minimum 3.0 grade point average is required for participation in an Independent Study and Independent Research.
One week prior to the beginning of each term the department chairs will complete and forward a request form to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. All approved requests are then sent to the Assistant Registrar in the Registrar's Office, and students are formally registered. The supervising professor will assign the grade; in the case of an internship, the professor will consult with the on-site supervisor if appropriate. Independent studies and research are graded with letter grades.
Examples of recent Independent Studies:
Sara Seufer, "An Analysis of Female Political Candidates"
Christina Perry, "To Be Seen and Not Heard: The Adoption and Safe Families Act and the Best Interest of the Child"
Kasey Blackburn, "Does Criminal Profiling Work?"
Cristian Chis, "A Special Alliance: The Evolution of European Foreign Politics and its Impact on the Transatlantic Alliance"
Sarah Nuernberger, "The Acronym Invasion: Development Work in Northern Uganda"
Douglas Fender, "Up a River Without a Paddle: An Analysis of Virgina Surface Waters"
Kelly Villanueva, "The Importance of Renewable and Alternative Sources of Energy in the 21st Century and Beyond"