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Independent Study

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Independent study courses are special courses that permit a student to study a subject or topic in considerable depth beyond the scope of a regular course. The student works closely and directly with the instructor at a scholarly team meeting a minimum of one hour each week for the duration of the semester. These courses are designated to provide such an opportunity, as students may complete advanced study in an area of psychology not available through the current psychology curriculum.

Approval of an independent study is granted only under special circumstances and only when an instructor/faculty member is willing to grant approval. Students interested in pursuing an independent study must be highly motivated, diligent, and have a strong interest in the subject. The format of the course may vary (e.g., laboratory research, specialized study of a particular topic, etc.), but this type of course allows the students to work closely and directly with the instructor.

Both PY300 and PY400, as research independent studies, may be used to fulfill Group I course requirements. Independent studies other than research may be used to fulfill other group requirements as appropriate (e.g., advanced study of geropsychology might be used to fulfill a Group IV requirement).

These course designations may not be used if the current curriculum offers a course in the intended area (e.g., Psychopathology is offered, and the student would rather have an independent study with a faculty member in this area). The appropriate designation for this type of course is "Private Study." (Note: See Undergraduate Catalogue for further description)

Registration Process

Registration for independent study courses requires the student to follow the process outlined here: Independent Study Registration Instructions. This process must be completed no later than the student's regularly scheduled registration, or the Wednesday prior to the scheduled add/drop period, at the latest. This will take time, so one should begin exploring the possibility of an independent study early (i.e., at least three weeks prior to registration).

Make an appointment to meet with Dr. Rachel Grover, Director of Undergraduate Education in Psychology, at 410-617-2452 or rgrover@loyola.edu.