Independent Study

female student looking at books in a historical library / archive

Undergraduate students may, with the support of a faculty member, take an Independent Study in History, HIST 492, for upper-division credit toward the major or minor.  

Independent Study courses are usually developed when a student has already taken at least one course with a faculty member, and has an interest in further pursuing a topic related to that initial course work.  If the faculty member has an interest in the topic as well, they may be willing to take on the responsibility of overseeing HIST 492 for such a student.  As HIST 492 is taken on as an addition to a faculty member’s normal teaching responsibilities, not all faculty are able to consider offering HIST 492 at all times; therefore, students should not plan on HIST 492 as a fixed part of their path to graduation.