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Independent Study Projects (ISP) / Collaborative Study Projects (CSP)
Independent Study Projects (ISP) allow students to complete a
supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest to
supplement the established curriculum. The project requires independent
study but also includes tutorial supervision; its purpose is to meet
individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly
For Liberal Arts ISP information please see the checklist and samples for Liberal Arts Independent Studies.
For studio ISP information, please see the Guidelines for Studio Independent Study Projects
A Collaborative Study Project (CSP) allows two students to work
collaboratively to complete a faculty supervised project of independent
study. Usually, a CSP is supervised by two faculty members, but with
approval it may be supervised by one faculty member.
Students with an accumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above
may register for a particular ISP/CSP by requesting the assistance of a
faculty member with appropriate interests and competencies to serve as a
tutor. With the consent and assistance of the faculty member, a
student should prepare a proposal and an application for the work to be
accomplished. Applications can be obtained from the Registrar's website.
The student will be properly enrolled once the form is completed, signed
and returned to the Registrar’s Office. Approval for an ISP/CSP must be submitted to the Registrar no later than the last day of the Add/Drop period listed on the academic calendar. In order to meet this deadline, students are encouraged to meet with their chosen tutor as soon as they know they desire an ISP/CSP, preferably before the start of the term.
Each ISP/CSP may receive three credits. A total of nine credits of
Independent Study work may be credited toward any four- or five-year
undergraduate degree. ISP/CSP are offered during Fall, Spring and Winter
terms. They are not offered for registration during the Summer.
ISP registration information >>