Independent Study Projects (ISPs) are a useful way to explore new areas of study or to deepen study or to undertake applied work in areas that are not readily available in the curriculum at Fairhaven or Western. Independent Study allows you to pursue your own academic interests at your own pace. ISPs also give you a chance to work in close relationships with faculty or other professionals and experts in a subject area. ISPs can also help you build confidence and the skills necessary to continue learning throughout life.
See the Complete Guide to Planning an Independent Study for complete instructions.
See How to Create a Group Independent Study for guidelines on Group ISPs.
During the preceding quarter, discuss and define your proposal with your faculty sponsor.
Include the 6 elements of an ISP:
Limit your proposal to 3800 characters.
Register on Web4U just as you would any other class; use the CRN sent to you by email.
After consultation with a faculty sponsor, one member of the group submits the ISP proposal for the group, noting in the proposal the approximate expected number of participants in the group. Other group members do not need to submit a proposal, but they do need to notify the faculty sponsor that they wish to participate in the group, and they will need to register.
When the proposal is approved by the faculty sponsor and the Fairhaven Registrar, a course will be created and a CRN assigned. At that time, all members of the group will be sent an email informing them that the course is now available for them to register. Register as you would for any other class.
Students who wish to be part of the group but want to have a different course number, title, credits, or description for their ISP will need to submit their own ISP proposal and receive their own CRN.